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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.


Cardinal Theodor Innitzer Delivering A Speech In Vienna In 1933

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Mit brennender Sorge (German: "With burning concern") is a Catholic Church encyclical of Pope Pius XI, published on 10 March 1937 (but bearing a date of Passion Sunday, 14 March).[1] Written in German, not the usual Latin, it was read from the pulpits of all German Catholic churches on one of the Church's busiest Sundays, (Palm Sunday). It condemned breaches of the Reichskonkordat agreement signed between the Nazi government and the Church in 1933, and criticised those parts of Nazism that contradicted Catholicism, and condemned pantheistic confusion, neopaganism, "the so-called myth of race and blood", and statolatry. It contained a vigorous defence of the Old Testament out of belief that it prepared the way for the New.[2]In the opinion of some, it contained a veiled attack on Adolf Hitler

Frank J. Coppa asserts that the encyclical was viewed by the Nazis as "a call to battle against the Reich" and that Hitler was furious and "vowed revenge against the Church".[11] Hitler wrote, “I shall open such a campaign against them [the Catholic clergy] in press, radio and cinema so that they won’t know what hit them …. Let us have no martyrs among the Catholic priests, it is more practical to show they are criminals.”[citation needed]
Thomas Bokenkotter writes that "the Nazis were infuriated, and in retaliation closed and sealed all the presses that had printed it and took numerous vindictive measures against the Church, including staging a long series of immorality trials of the Catholic clergy."[4][17]
According to John Vidmar, Nazi reprisals against the Church in Germany followed thereafter, including "staged prosecutions of monks for homosexuality, with the maximum of publicity". 170 Franciscans were arrested in Koblenz and tried for “corrupting youth” in a secret trial, with numerous allegations of priestly debauchery appearing in the Nazi-controlled press, while a film produced for the Hitler Youth showed men dressed as priests dancing in a brothel

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