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Explain why the Nazi government made a concordat with the Catholic Church in July 1933. (12 Marks)

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´╗┐Explain why the Nazi government made a concordat with the Catholic Church in July 1933. (12 Marks) In July 1933, just six months after Hitler was appointed Chancellor, the Catholic Church signed the Concordat with Hitler. The Nazi government made this concordant for 3 main reasons. The first reason was so that the Catholic Church agreed not to oppose the political and social aims of the Nazi Party, the second was so that the Nazi?s could gain more political power in Germany and internationally and finally so that the Church could not influence their beliefs on the German people. Firstly, the Pope Pius XI hoped that the Concordat would allow the Catholic Church in Germany to operate free from any interference. ...read more.

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Consequently, schools were taken out of control of the church, despite the pope?s protests to Hitler. As the church had signed the concordat there was nothing they could do and their influence began to diminish. This links to my next point as the church?s influence weakened the political power for the Nazis increased. As Catholicism was a worldwide known religion, the Nazis knew they had to conform with them in order to gain more power. Around two thirds of the German people were protestant, the other third being catholic, therefore by reducing the influence of the church it gave them the opportunity to gain more power. The Catholic church influenced the Germans in numerous ways such as: Catholics often chose to worship the pope over Hitler, Catholics ...read more.

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Thus the concordat limited the influence of beliefs of the church. Hitler and the Nazis were strongly against the beliefs of the Catholic Church. Where the Nazis believed in: violence, war, strength and racial superiority, the church believed in: love, forgiveness, respect, and treating everyone as an equal. Therefore Hitler knew that to suppress the beliefs of the church he must seemingly come to an agreement with them- the concordat. Additionally, Hitler was a dictator and wanted to be the only leader that the German people supported. Therefore he disagreed with the concept of people worshiping God instead of him. Thus once again showing why he signed to the concordat to suppress these beliefs. In conclusion, by signing the Concordat the Nazis were able to reduce the influence the church had on the German people, therefore granting them more political power. ...read more.

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