Josef Frings Resigns as Archbishop of Cologne

Josef Frings Resigns as Archbishop of Cologne

Josef Frings
Source: Markus Schweiss

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Josef Frings steps down Archbishop of Cologne due to failing health and age. Frings was one of only a few high-ranking Catholic leaders to publicly criticize the Nazis during World War II.

He even goes so far as to call the persecution of the Jews in Germany a "himmelschreiendes Unrecht" (a crime that cries out to heaven), an unusual statement during the Nazi era because most Catholic leaders had little if anything to say on the subject. His popularity with the people will help him avoid trouble with the government, but the Gestapo keeps a close watch on Frings with a network of informers — including informers within the clergy.

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