Pope Pius XI Signs Concordat Between Nazi Germany & Holy See Hot

Pope Pius XI Signs Concordat Between Nazi Germany & Holy See

Achille Ratti, Pope Pius XI, 1929

Pope Pius XI formally signs the Concordat between Nazi Germany and the Holy See. With this, the Reichskonkordat now officially takes effect. Special thanksgiving services are held in Catholic churches throughout Germany.

The Reichskonkordat guarantees certain rights for the Catholic Church in Nazi Germany, which seems to be more important than speaking out against crimes and atrocities committed by the Nazis because very little of that will be forthcoming in the next few years.

At the end of the World War II, Pope Pius XII will demand that the Reichskonkordat be kept in effect. The Allies object to this as being inappropriate, but the pope gets his way and the agreement remains — though as it turns out, it will be unenforceable.

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