Vatican Newspaper Distances itself From Talk Given by Gustav Gundlach

Vatican Newspaper Distances itself From Talk Given by Gustav Gundlach

Cardinal Theodor Innitzer, Archbishop of Vienna
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L'Osservatore Romano distances itself from a talk given a few days previously by Gustav Gundlach, one of the authors of the "hidden encyclical" Humani Generis Unitas, a denunciation of racism and anti-Semitism.

Gundlach had criticized statements made by Cardinal Theodor Innitzer, Archbishop of Vienna, and the Austrian episcopate for welcoming Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.

According to the article in the Vatican's official newspaper, Gundlach's talk

"was a theoretical study proceeding from a private source; it was therefore neither official nor officious, nor inspired, and — as is the case for all others of a similar kind — the Holy See does not assume responsibility for it."

This is very similar to the statement issued in L'Osservatore Romano distancing the Vatican from the pro-Nazi statements made by the Austrian episcopate a few days earlier.

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