Eugenio Pacelli Responds to German Protest of 'Mit brennender Sorge' Encyclical

Eugenio Pacelli Responds to German Protest of 'Mit brennender Sorge' Encyclical

Crowning of Pope Pius XII
Source: Joachim Specht

Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) sends a response to Germany's protest over the publication of the papal encyclical Mit brennender Sorge. Pacelli assures the Nazi government that the Vatican has no interest in interfering with the way Germans govern themselves.

According to Pacelli:

"The Holy See, which has friendly, correct, or at least tolerable relations with states of one or another constitutional form and orientation, will never interfere in the question of what concrete form of government a certain people chooses to regard as best suited to its nature and requirements.

With respect to Germany also, it has remained true to this principle and intends so to continue."
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