Reich Minister for Church Affairs Hanns Kerrl Forbids Catholic Press Printing from Pastoral Letters Hot

Reich Minister for Church Affairs Hanns Kerrl Forbids Catholic Press Printing from Pastoral Letters

Hanns Kerrl, 1933

Hanns Kerrl, the Reich Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs in Germany, issues a decree forbidding the Catholic press from publishing pastoral letters in any form other than official gazettes sent to the clergy. According to Kerrl, the bishops have been using their letters to attack the Nazi government, which is unacceptable.

Cardinal Adolf Bertram, Archbishop of Breslau, tries to convince Hanns Kerrl that none of the pastoral letters issued by any of the bishops in Germany have ever criticized the Nazi Party, the German government, of even the Führer personally, but his arguments fall on deaf ears.

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