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Concordat Between Vatican and Prussia Does Not Affect Jews

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The concordat signed recently between the Prussian government and the Vatican is not likely to have any effect on the status of the Jewish populations in Prussia.

The concordat deals chiefly with regulating the relations between the church and the state. The term “concordat” was applied in substitution of the term state treaty.” The treaty is confined to readjustments arising out of certain territorial changes and deals with the appointment of new bishops and the settlement of money questions. The question of religious training, which called for some uneasiness among the Jewish population in Italy and which was the cause of strong opposition during the negotiations for the Bavarian concordat in 1924 is omitted from the Prussian treaty.

All parties in the Prussian Diet are in favor of ratification, it being understood that the Evangelical church will enjoy similar advantages under the new treaty. The rights of other religious denominations, it is expected, will similarly be extended.

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