Catholic Confessors Try to Ride the Fence on Nazi Sterilization Program

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A conference of bishops in Cologne declines to issue any instructions to confessors about what to say or do in cases where a Catholic might be involved with the Nazi sterilization program.

The Catholic Church officially opposes sterilizations of any sort, whether voluntary or involuntary, but it's becoming clear that many German Catholics will be playing an active role in the implementation of the Nazi sterilization program.

If this is confessed and Catholics are instructed not to continue, they will be forced to choose between adhering to Catholic doctrine and obeying the Nazi regime. This is precisely what the German bishops want to avoid.

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