Nazi Germany's Justice Ministry: All State Prosecutors Must Investigate Political Catholicism

Nazi Germany's Justice Ministry: All State Prosecutors Must Investigate Political Catholicism

Hermann Göring, 1935

The Ministry of Justice in Nazi Germany issues a decree instructing all state prosecutors to investigate "political Catholicism without regard to personal position" and to take action against clergy who "misuse their authority for political ends."

In some cases, "political Catholicism" might be treated as treason and the cases transferred to the People's Court, where the death penalty can be handed out for convictions of treason.

According to this new decree,

"Quick proof of misdeeds must be followed by even quicker punishment."

Hermann Göring threatens to dissolve Catholic youth associations:

"The so-called Catholic youth organizations surpass more and more a merely religious activity. If they do not completely change their attitude. they will be considered as political and dissolved."

Minister President of Bavaria Ludwig Siebert will say:

"Politics must be strictly separated from the church. We must demand that priests abandon the idea that they will ever again influence the political education of the German people."
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