Adolf Hitler Snubs Local Catholic Church on Opening of New Reichstag Hot

Adolf Hitler Snubs Local Catholic Church on Opening of New Reichstag

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The first session of the new Reichstag opens today, Potsdam Day, but instead of attending services at the local Catholic church where a place of honor had been set aside for him, Adolf Hitler chooses to visit the graves of National Socialist "martyrs" with Joseph Goebbels.

This is a calculated snub, but it's not done out of personal religious animosity; instead, it's for political reasons.

Hitler explains in an official statement:

"The Catholic Bishops of Germany have, in the most recent past, issued a number of announcements which the Catholic priesthood has put into practice and according to which leaders and members of the National Socialist German Workers' Party have been described as deserters of the Church who, as such, are barred from receiving the sacraments. These announcements have not been retracted to date, and the Catholic priesthood continues to adhere to the practice prescribed therein.

Thus the Chancellor, much to his disappointment, does not feel in a position to be able to attend the Catholic service in Potsdam. During the official services, the Chancellor, accompanied by the Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, Dr. Goebbels, to whom the same applies, visited the graves of his murdered SA comrades at the Luisenstadt Cemetery in Berlin."
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