Page 5, 14th January 1938

14th January 1938
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Page 5, 14th January 1938 — NEW NAZI WARNING Bitter Attack on Church

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Organisations: Centre Party, Catholic Church


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NEW NAZI WARNING Bitter Attack on Church

One of the most bitter attacks on the Catholic Church in Germany was pubfished on Monday in the Nazi newspaper Angriff.

It excuses the closing of Catholic print,ing houses and the dissolution of Catholic youth organisations on the grounds that the former were intending to issue "documents manufactured abroad "—presumably papal encyclicals—and the latter interfered with the duties of the State youth organisations.

It goes on to warn the Church that it may be necessary to curtail the privileges she still holds in Germany.

Warning of New Attacks

These " privileges" are the existence of Catholic workmen's unions which are not merged like all other trade unions in the German Labour Front; the exemption of theological students and priests from conscription; the existence of Catholic youth organisations which are still not amalgamated into the State organisation; and the fact that the Catholic Church is the only religious body in Germany which has the right to approach the highest authority through diplomatic channels.

Such repressive action is contemplated because, according to Angriff, the Catholics are in the main politically-minded and to be identified with the former Centre Party. •' Would our people understand it if Communists and reactionaries were prevented from carrying on their work while members of the former Centre Party were allowed to do so? "

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