Sunday, May 20, 2012

Lucia Hitler was automatically excommunicated by 1933

The gay marriage debate seems to bring out the anti-Catholics in force. One of the main talking points always seems to be Hitler being Catholic and having never been excommunicated. As if this proves the Catholic Church was behind Nazism all along.

I have posted about this previously, but probably didn't make too big a deal of it, so now this subject has it's own post totally dedicated to debunking the false notion that Hitler was never excommunicated by the Catholic Church.

NEW YORK, APRIL 16, 2010 (Zenit.org).- An interreligious group trying to discover the facts regarding Pope Pius XII and his efforts to help Jews during World War II has announced the discovery of documents showing how the Church excommunicated Catholics who joined the Nazis.

The New-York based Pave the Way Foundation said that its representative Michael Hesemann found a large series of documents from 1930 to 1933.

The documents indicate that any Catholic who joined the Nazi party, wore the uniform or flew the swastika flag would no longer be able to receive the sacraments.

This policy set three years before Hitler was elected chancellor made clear that the teachings of the Church were incompatible with Nazi ideology.

“The documents clearly show an ideological war between the Catholic Church and National Socialism already in the pre-war decade," Hesemann explained. "The German bishops and the Roman Curia considered the Nazi doctrine not only as incompatible with the Christian faith, but also as hostile to the Church and dangerous to human morals, even more than Communism."

Among the documents is a handwritten letter from a leading member of the Nazis, Hermann Goering, requesting a meeting with Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (the future Pius XII), which was flatly refused.

There are also documents asking for a removal of the excommunication, which was also denied.

Related link: Archives Show Church Excommunicated Nazis ~ Zenit

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