life, the teaching and the influence of the Christian Church, in direct violation of those promises of protection for positive Christianity which led so many loyal Germans to accept a régime which claimed to have conquered atheism.
"Therefore, it is the painful duty of the council to call to the prayerful consideration of all Christian people everywhere the tragic plight of our fellow-Christians in Germany, and to stress the fundamental character of the struggle which has been taking more and more serious form in the four years of the present régime, again in contravention of the clearly expressed promises of the present head of the German State."It is necessary to recognize, as leaders of the churches in Germany have emphasized, that what is happening in Germany is not merely of local significance but of importance to the life of Christians the world over, and is perhaps only the visible and dramatic outbreak of flames which are still merely smoldering elsewhere . . . "
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