Michael von Faulhaber was a Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of Munich for 35 years, from 1917 to his death in 1952. Faulhaber was an opponent of the Nazi government and considered Nazi ideology incompatible with Christianity; but he also rejected the Weimar Republic as rooted in treason and opposed democratic government in general, favoring a Catholic monarchy. Faulhaber spoke out against some Nazi policies, but publicly recognized the Nazi government as legitimate, required Catholic clergy to remain loyal to the Nazi government, and maintained bridges between fascism and the Church. He ordained Joseph Ratzinger (future Pope Benedict XVI) as a priest in 1951, and was the last surviving Cardinal appointed by Pope Benedict XV.
|...among no people of the pre-Christian era do we find so great a number of intellectually prominent men who, by their words and by their whole personality, have devoted themselves to the religious guidance of their nation, as among the people of the early Bible [the Jews]... our Germanists would do well to notice... the science of religions is able to make the comparison; and to the people of Israel it will award this certificate : You have excelled them all by the sublimity of your religion...||Minorities & Women|
|God always punishes the tormentors of his Chosen People, the Jews …. No Roman Catholic approves of the persecutions of Jews in Germany||Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest|
|That is one advantage of our time; in the highest office of the Reich we have the example of a simple and modest alcohol-and nicotine-free way of life||Compliments, Insults & Rebukes|
|The German episcopacy is concerned with questions about Catholic schools, organizations and sterilization which are more important for the Church in Germany than the Jews -- the Jews can help themselves -- why should the Jews expect help from the Church?||Religion & God|