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70th anniversary of famed homily against Nazi euthanasia program

August 03, 2011

L’Osservatore Romano has paid tribute to Blessed Clemens August von Galen 70 years after the Bishop of Munster preached his famed homily against the Nazi’s euthanasia program, which targeted the disabled and mentally ill.

“Have you, have I the right to live only so long as we are productive, so long as we are recognized by others as productive?” the prelate preached in his 1941 homily. “Woe to mankind, woe to our German nation if God's Holy Commandment 'Thou shalt not kill,' which God proclaimed on Mount Sinai amidst thunder and lightning, which God our Creator inscribed in the conscience of mankind from the very beginning, is not only broken, but if this transgression is actually tolerated and permitted to go unpunished.”


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  • Posted by: Obregon - Aug. 03, 2011 11:27 AM ET USA

    It would be nice for dissenters who are constantly accusing the Church of saying absolutely nothing against the Nazis, to read Von Galen's words.