NEW YORK (May. 19)
An attack on Nazi Germany and Chancellor Hitler by George Cardinal Mundelein, Catholic archbishop of Chicago, stirred the Government-controlled press in Berlin today to demand that the Vatican publicly repudiate the prelate.
Addressing 500 priests at a quarterly diocesan conference in Chicago last night, the Cardinal called Hitler “an Austrian paperhanger and a poor one at that.” He accused Nazi officials of fostering “malicious propaganda against the church.”
In Berlin, the United Press quoted the Nachtausgabe as saying “the supreme authority of the church owes the German people a public reckoning which can consist only in repudiation of the Archbishop of Chicago.” Dor. Angriff described the Cardinal’s speech as a “declaration of war.”