THE New York Times on Satur
day carried a despatch from its correspondent in Berne. Switzerland, which reveals how German Churchmen regard the Church situation in Germany.
According to this despatch, Cardinal Faulliaber has sent to the Vatican a strong indictment of' Nazi treatment of the Church. There are eleven points in this Indictment. listed by the New York Times as follows:
1. A veritable war against Christianity is being waged in Germany, contributing to spiritual unrest.
2. The Church continues to be treated with distrust by the Nazi regime.
3. More blackmail is being applied to .faithful Catholics who are told that less ,faithful church attendance means keeping their jobs.
4. Intensified Nazi propaganda is used in efforts to persuade lower-paid German workers to disavow the Church.
5. Party functionaries accuse the Church of being a supranational organisation.
6. Violence is often caused, and used, to fOrce Germans to develop what is termed " conscience of his nationality " (sic) or suffer the consequences.
7. Religious instruction is being prevented in primary and secondary schools.
8. Church publications and religious text books are banned because of lack of paper, but the publication of pamphlets attacking the Church is increasing.
9. Young people are forbidden to attend church festivals.
10. Church organisations are prevented from acquiring land for religious buildings, even in places where no religious facilities exist.
11. Church property, including ritual vessels, are sequestered without warning and without compensation.