Nazi Race Laws Approved by Official Publication of Bavarian Priests' Association

Nazi Race Laws Approved by Official Publication of Bavarian Priests' Association

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Klerusblatt, an official publication of the Bavarian priests' association, expresses approval of the recent Nazi race laws in the expectation that they would "preserve and refresh the German blood" not to mention "eliminate the Jews as bearers of civic and political rights."

Catholic apologists, trying to defend Catholic Christianity against charges that it helped paved the way for the Holocaust, typically argue that their traditional anti-Semitism is completely different from the racial anti-Semitism of the Nazis. They point out, for example, that Catholic teaching often condemns racism and the idea that race can have any bearing on Christianity.

Here, however, we find in an official Catholic publication endorsing a basic racial premise of the Nazi ideology. We also have an official Catholic publication openly endorsing the civil and political disenfranchisement of Jews generally, making them second-class citizens at best (that is, if we are generous in how we read the term "eliminate" here).

One wonders what Klerusblatt thought about the elimination of civic and political rights for all Germans under the Nazi regime.

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