Vatican Newspaper Complains Nazi Government Spying on Germany's Priests

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The Vatican's official newspaper, L'osservatore Romano, complains about the Nazi government spying on priests in Germany. The article singles out for particular criticism a memo circulating among the police in Germany advising them to use every means "against priests who abuse their privileges for political purposes."

According to the article:

"The church question in Germany is purely religious. ...

The church does not engage in party politics, but when politics touches the altar, it is intolerable that a government should call the church's attention to obligations it assumed, which have been loyally observed, while it [the Nazi government] takes such one-sided measures as a decree of sterilization."
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