NEW CRUSADE LAUNCHED
From Our German Correspondent
All over Germany thousand.s of posters announce a crusade against what the nazis call "political Catholicism." There are no religious persecutions in Germany, they say, but politicians are trying to abuse religion for attacking the governing party; anti-Catholic provocations have. been organised hy-Catholies themselves, in order to compromise the nazi party.
With a special purpose those anti-Catholic posters have been glued on church walls, monasteries, houses of clergy and centres of Catholic organisations. Woe to those who dare to tear off one of those posters. even if it is on their own property. If a storm-trooper puts on your house a placard which offends you, you have no right to take it away.
Fr. Reckmann of Gladbeck has been sentenced to four months' imprisonment for tearing off such a poster, Fr. Holtkamp to two months', and the caretaker of a Catholic workers' home at Coblenz to two months'. A number of others, among them Fr. Isidor Hart, a Franciscan of Waldbreitbach, are in prison for the same "crime" and expect their condemnation.
In Rome The Pope has given an audience to the Bishop of Berlin, and discussed the situation with him.
It is reported that the Pope approved the intention of the bishop, Count Preysing, to start a pastoral mission with the object of reconciling the Catholics with the nazis.
On Friday the Osservatore Romano published an article again attacking the nazi laws of sterilisation, and in particular the recent speech of Dr. Frick, the Minister of the Interior, against Catholics.
Brave Sermon at Limburg.
4. courageous -sermon defending the the Church was the outstanding feature of Sunday's celebrations of the,700th anniversary of St,. George's cathedral at Limburg. The sermon, which to. some extent was an answer to Dr. Goebbels's speech at. Essen, was preached by the Bishop of Trier, during the pontifical Mass celebrated in the cathedral by Cardinal Schulte, Archbishop of Cologne.
Hitler's Approval On the same day Hitler made his first open declaration of policy in the religious conflict in a speech at the meeting of the Bavarian nazi party district leaders at Rosenheint This is his first public speech since the Reichstag meeting and it has aroused great interest.
Contrary to expectations, Herr Hitler seems to side with the more extremist dement in the party. His speech made it clear that the campaign against the Steel Helmets, the attack on the Church, and the campaign of Dr. Cioebbels and others against Jews have his support and