Breslau Archdiocese Tells Clergy to Avoid Anything Injurious to War Effort

Breslau Archdiocese Tells Clergy to Avoid Anything Injurious to War Effort

Adolf Bertram, 1916
Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

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The administration of the archdiocese of Breslau, where Cardinal Adolf Bertram is archbishop, instructs all clergy to "avoid everything that could have an injurious effect upon Germany's war situation and impair the brave and joyous confidence of soldiers and people, or be understood in this way."

In place of such things, clergy should instead encourage the Catholic faithful to seek supernatural resources that strengthen "the traits and virtues of Catholics important for the war, such as confidence in God, courage, bravery, love of the Fatherland, readiness to make sacrifices, moderation at home and at the front."

These same instructions are sent out in other German dioceses.

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