With Burning Concern

“Mit brennender Sorge” or “With Burning Concern” was a papal letter secretly smuggled into Germany and read from every Catholic pulpit on Palm Sunday, 1937. The letter was written in German, not the usual Latin, so everyone could understand. It condemned the Reich Government. It implied that everyone in Heaven was laughing at Hitler, a “prophet of nothingness”. It denounced the exaltation of one race or blood over another, ie racism.

The day after “Mit Brennender Sorge,” the Gestapo raided the churches to confiscate all the copies they could find, and the presses that had printed the letter were closed.