Vatican Requests Catholic Teachers Oppose Errors in Nazi Racial Doctrine

Vatican Requests Catholic Teachers Oppose Errors in Nazi Racial Doctrine

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The Roman Congregation of Seminaries and Universities, which the pope is prefect of, distributes a document asking Catholic instructors to oppose several errors contained in Nazi racial doctrine.

These errors include the idea that the "human races" are inherently different, the call to strengthen race and purity of blood, the idea that moral or intellectual qualities come from the blood, the belief that education must enhance racial qualities, the belief that religion is subordinate to race, that legal standards are derived from race, and that individuals only exist through the state. At no point is anti-Semitism itself even mentioned, much less condemned.

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