Michael von Faulhaber

Michael von Faulhaber
Michael von Faulhaber
  • Born: March 5, 1869
  • Died: June 12, 1952
  • Nationality: German
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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.

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