Cardinal Innitzer Forced by Vatican to Backtrack on Pro-Nazi, Pro-Hitler Comments Hot

Cardinal Innitzer Forced by Vatican to Backtrack on Pro-Nazi, Pro-Hitler Comments

Cardinal Theodor Innitzer, Archbishop of Vienna
Source: Wikipedia

Cardinal Theodor Innitzer, Archbishop of Vienna, travels to the Vatican to consult with Pope Pius XI and Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII, on his pro-Nazi, pro-Hitler statement on the Anschluss of Germany.

Unhappy with the statement, they force him to issue a new one that is less pro-Nazi:

"The solemn declaration of the Austrian bishops on 18 March of this year was clearly not intended to be an approval of something that was not and is not compatible with God's law, and with the freedom and rights of the Catholic Church. Moreover, the State and the party are not authorized to interpret this declaration and to use it in their propaganda as imposing a duty on the conscience of the faithful."

This isn't much of a retraction, and it's scarcely even a rebuke, but it's about the strongest anti-Nazi statement which the Vatican is willing to endorse.

Video

Cardinal Theodor Innitzer Delivering A Speech In Vienna In 1933

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