Bishop Berning and Monsignor Steinmann Meet Hitler, Concerned about Catholic Groups Under Nazis Hot

Bishop Berning and Monsignor Steinmann Meet Hitler, Concerned about Catholic Groups Under Nazis

Bishop Hermann Wilhelm Berning of Osnabrück
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Bishop Hermann Wilhelm Berning of Osnabrück and Monsignor Steinmann meet with Adolf Hitler.

The Catholic leaders express their concerns about the future of Catholic organizations under the Nazis. Hitler assures them Christianity is indispensable in both personal and public life, thus Germany needs Christianity as a moral foundation in order to move into the future.

Hitler does, however, express his belief that Christian churches have failed to provide sufficient moral leadership in the past, allowing liberalism and Bolshevism to grow unchecked. He says that he plans a merciless war against both, and while this might lead to some harshness that affects the churches as well, this is unavoidable.

Hitler further reminds the two that Jews had been regarded as parasites by the Catholic Church for 1,500 years. The Church had forced them into ghettos and had denied them the ability to work alongside Christians.

His intention to drive them out of German society is nothing more or less than an attempt to fulfill what the Church had failed to accomplish:

"I have been attacked because of my handling of the Jewish question. The Catholic Church considered the Jews pestilent for fifteen hundred years, put them in ghettos, etc., because it recognized the Jews for what they were.

In the epoch of liberalism the danger was no longer recognized. I am moving back toward the time in which a fifteen-hundred-year-long tradition was implemented. I do not set race over religion, but I recognize the representatives of this race as pestilent for the state and for the Church, and perhaps I am thereby doing Christianity a great service by pushing them out of schools and public functions."

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