Austrian Bishops Complain About Relations Between Catholic Church & Nazi Party

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The seven bishops of Austria, led by Cardinal Theodore Innitzer, Archbishop of Vienna, issue a letter complaining about how relations between the Catholic Church and Nazi Party have developed. Originally the Nazis and the Anschluss were welcomed by the Austrian Catholic hierarchy, but now some seem to be regretting their earlier attitude.

The Austrian bishops present three chief complaints: that Catholic clergy aren't being allowed to offer church comforts to prisoners, that a new law has made civil marriage ceremonies mandatory (the bishops have told Catholics that only marriages performed by the church will be recognized), and finally the elimination of religious schools which deprives Catholic youth of a Catholic education.

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