A declaration, written by Cardinal Theodor Innitzer and the bishops of Austria, is read in all the Austrian Catholic Churches. In it, the bishops and Innitzer praise the Nazi Party's accomplishments and express the conviction that Adolf Hitler will make their lives better.
From the statement:
"We joyfully acknowledge that the National Socialist movement has done and is still doing eminent work in the domain of national and economic construction as well as in the domain of social policy, for the Reich and the German nation, and notably for the poorest strata of the population.
We are also convinced that the activity of the National Socialist movement has averted the danger of an all-destroying atheistic Bolshevism. For the future, the bishops confer their heartiest blessing on this activity, and they will instruct the faithful to this effect."
As recently as February, Cardinal Innitzer had called for the continued independence of Austria. Letters from Cardinal Innitzer to Gauleiter Bürckel are made public; in them, Innitzer signs off with the "Heil Hitler!" greeting.
"[I]t goes without saying that it is for us a national duty, as Germans, to vote for the German Reich, and we also expect all believing Christians to demonstrate that they know what they owe to their nation."
Cardinal Innitzer will be reprimanded for this by the Vatican because he hasn't been given any approval for making such a partisan, political statement. Cardinal Innitzer will be recalled to the Vatican and forced to publicly retract his statements, though there are also rumors that Pope Pius is considering removing him entirely.