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Cardinal Pacelli Denies Hitler's Claim that Concordat is Approval of Nazism

Pope Pius XII, 1939

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L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's official newspaper, publishes an article written by Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII. In it he rejects Adolf Hitler's claim that the Concordat between Nazi Germany and the Vatican implies any moral approval of the Nazi Party or the Nazi movement.

According to the article, the Concordat is nothing more than an agreement designed, from the Vatican's perspective, to help protect the rights of Catholics in Germany.

Pacelli writes that the purpose of the Reichskonkordat is:

"not only the official recognition (by the Reich) of the legislation of the Church (its Code of Canon Law), but the adoption of many provisions of this legislation and the protection of all Church legislation."

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