The absolute political neutrality of the Church in Belgium can be gathered from the complaints about the religious authorities to be found in the Flemish national collaborationist paper, Yolk en Swat.
This paper has been referring to "the numerous painful incidents " which had taken place at the funeral services of Flemish volunteers fallen on the Eastern Front. On these occasions priests had refused to allow the Flemish flag or uniforms inside the church and had been known to suspend the service.
This attitude, the paper said, was not only art affront to the heroic dead. but a serious danger to the hold of the Catholic faith over the masses. As the Church knew only too well, the faith of the Flemish masses was none too solid ; yet the clergy did not hesitate to alienate just those Flemings—the Flemish nationalists—who were the most fervent believers.