Rev. Ludwig Müller Inaugurated as Reich's Bishop of German Evangelical Church Hot

Rev. Ludwig Müller Inaugurated as Reich's Bishop of German Evangelical Church

Reichbishop Ludwig Müller

Rev. Ludwig Müller is inaugurated in a church ceremony as Reichbishop of the German Evangelical Church.

A personal favorite of Adolf Hitler, Müller has been associated with Nazism since the 1920s and is a leading member of the German Christian movement.

Reichbishop Ludwig Müller supports the revisionist view of the German Christians which portrays Christ as an Aryan and a heroic warrior. He also intends to move forward with a plan for purifying Christianity in Germany of so-called "Jewish corruption." This will include a purge of large portions of the Old Testament.

In a short address, Müller says:

"The church exists in this perishable world, upon this earth, in this state and among this people.

We would like to sere this state and this people willingly with al our strength and our entire devoted love."

The Nazis expected 60,000 to attend the ceremony at the Berlin Cathedral, but only about 5,000 actually do. Two of the most important bishops are absent: Bishop Theophil Wurm of Württemburg and Bishop Hans Meiser of Bavaria. Among those who are present, seven give Reichbishop Müller the Nazi salute.

Elsewhere in Germany there are demonstrations against Müller by Protestants who oppose the unification of German churches under a single political leadership.

The Council of Brothers, an executive organ of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church, issues a statement read in all the pulpits expressing their rejection of the new direction being taken by the new church leadership.

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