Hundreds of thousands of young men and women, boys and girls will demonstrate next Sunday, June 6, their faith in God and their decision to remain loyal to Christ and to the Catholic Church whatever may come and whatever it may cost them.
In the morning endless rows of them will receive Holy Communion, and at seven o'clock in the evening they will meet in their parish churches in the presence of the whole clergy and of as many Catholics as the churches arc able to shelter. They will pledge themselves to remain firm in their faith and their loyalty to the (lurch. Many of them are members of Catholic Youth associations who have already had to suffer for their cause. Others are members of the Hitler Youth.
It is the second time that the German hierarchy has appealed to the Catholic Youth for such a Gott-Bekentunis katholischer Jugend.
The first one took place on Trinity Sunday, 1936. This time the feast of Si. Boniface, Apostle of the Germans, has been chosen as a particularly appropriate date.
The Bishops have issued special pastoral letters for this solemn occasion. Count Preysing, Bishop of Berlin, declares:
" With the adoption of the Christian faith our people was allotted the only salvation which exists for the men and nations of this earth. ' Neither is there salvation in any other ' (Acts iv, 12). But woe to the peoples and nations which throw away that vocation and reject the holy inheritance of their
fathers. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him tO an open shame' Hebrews vi, 4-6 " Remembering this truth and this warning the German Catholic Youth will celebrate this year with a special solemnity the feast of the Apostle of the Germans, St. Boniface. Boniface brought into the Ger man people the joyful message of the Gospel; the dagger of the pagans pierced the holy book; Boniface died for the faith.
" The youth of our Church will show him their gratitude. They will pray to him that he may protect his work. They will promise him to maintain and hand on the supreme good of the faith against all trials and dangers, to witness for the truth with their whole life and thus to force a way for the love of Christ in our nation."
Munster Bishop Insulted
Equally outspoken has been the Bishop of Munster, Mgr. Ciraf Galen, in the face of an educational inspector's refusal to allow him to visit Catholic schools in his diocese as has been customary on confirmation visits.
The Bishop explained how the prohibition was in direct violation with Article 22 of the Concordat.
The Bishop has made representati9ns to the Government.