Vatican Criticizes Bishop Sproll of Rottenburg, a Critic of the Nazis Hot

Vatican Criticizes Bishop Sproll of Rottenburg, a Critic of the Nazis

Johannes Baptista Sproll, Bishop of Rottenburg

Germany's ambassador to the Vatican, Diego von Bergen, reports on the criticism being leveled against Johannes Baptista Sproll, Bishop of Rottenburg.

Sproll had personally supported the Anschluss of Austria, but he stayed away from the polls on the April 10 elections because voting in favor of the Anschluss meant voting in favor of Nazis he believed were hostile to Christianity.

This led to large pro-Nazi demonstrations that forced him to flee Rottenburg. According to Bergen, Eugenio Pacelli does not approve of Sproll's behavior; among various clerics, this behavior is described as "very inept."

Bishop Sproll will be effectively driven out of his diocese by the end of August and won't be able to return until after World War II ends in 1945.

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