Regulations for religious instruction, issued by the German bishops, proclaims the vital importance of race and blood.
The new regulations state:
"Race, soil, blood, and people are precious natural values which God the Lord has created and the care of which he has entrusted to us Germans."
Traditional Catholic anti-Semitism is supposed to be entirely religious in nature, not racial. Catholic apologists try to defend Catholic Christianity against charges that it helped paved the way for the Holocaust by arguing that their traditional anti-Semitism was completely different from the racial anti-Semitism of the Nazis. They point out, for example, that Catholic teaching condemns racism. Here, however, we find in an official Catholic statement which endorses the basic racial premises of the Nazi ideology.