Bishops Ordered to Stop Distributing Pope's Encyclical Mit Brenneder Sorge

Bishops Ordered to Stop Distributing Pope's Encyclical Mit Brenneder Sorge

Hans Kerrl

In Germany, Reich Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs Hanns Kerrl writes a letter to the Catholic bishops regarding the recent encyclical from Pope Pius XI, Mit Brenneder Sorge. He orders the bishops to cease printing or distributing it.

According to the letter:

"The Papal Encyclical is in gross contradiction to the spirit of the Concordat. The Concordat with the Reich does not give any warrant for procedure of this kind. Consequently, in accordance with Article 16 of the Concordat of July 20th, 1933, the bishops and other ordinaries are forbidden to print or duplicate or distribute the Encyclical in any form."

Print shops are closed and copies of the encyclical are confiscated.

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