Cardinal Bertram Protestests Nazi Eugenics Policies

Cardinal Bertram Protestests Nazi Eugenics Policies

Adolf Bertram, 1916
Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

Acting in his official position as chairman of the Fulda Bishops Conference, Cardinal Adolf Bertram, Archbishop of Breslau, writes to Hans-Heinrich Lammers, head of the Reich Chancellery (office of the Reich Chancellor), to complain about Nazi eugenics policies.

Technically euthanasia is illegal in Germany, but forced sterilization is not.

Cardinal Betram insists that certain acts are forbidden "not only by the moral and religious teaching of the Catholic Church but by the religious and moral convictions of all Christians." Also:

"If this principle is once set aside, even with limited exceptions, on the ground of an occasional need, then, as experience teaches us, other exceptions will be made by individuals for their own purposes."



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