See these online texts and videos:
- Three Sermons in Defiance of the Nazis, by the Bishop of Münster, Clemens August, Count von Galen (1941).
- The text of the sermons may be read online on this page at The ChurchinHistory Information Centre; through this page of The Four Lübeck Martyrs; and through Emerson Kent.com. Excerpts are available on this page at V for Victory!; on this page of Catholic Talk; and at Democratic Underground.
- The sermons are read out by Cal Beisang in a ten-part video series entitled “Catholic Sermons Defying the Nazis”, beginning with Part 1 on this page, posted by Catholic Digital Studio.
- These include the following homilies:
- “We demand justice”: Sermon preached on 13 July 1941 at St. Lambert’s Church, Münster. Available on this page of Priests for Life; on this page of The Four Lübeck Martyrs (mistakenly dated 20 July 1941 in the heading of the English translation); at Emerson Kent.com; beginning on this page of the FDR Presidential Library & Museum; and at PsyWar.org. Available with commentary on this page of The American Catholic.
- “Become hard! Remain firm!”: Sermon preached on 20 July 1941 at the Liebfrauenkirche, Münster. Available on this page of The Four Lübeck Martyrs; and at Emerson Kent.com; and available with comments at Almost Chosen People.
- “The Murder of Unproductive Persons”: Sermon on 3 August 1941 at St. Lambert’s Church, Münster, condemning the Nazi practice of euthanasia. Available on this page of The Four Lübeck Martyrs; on this page of Priests for Life; and at Emerson Kent.com; and available with commentary at Almost Chosen People. Excerpts are available at German History in Documents and Images, with a 2nd copy on this page; and at The History Place.
On the Feast of Blessed Clemens August Graf von Galen, Cardinal Bishop of Münster; and in belated observance of World Down Syndrome Day. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject). From the text of the 3rd sermon (as selected on Catholic Talk):
‘The judgment is that they can no longer produce any goods: they are like an old piece of machinery which no longer works, like an old horse which has become incurably lame, like a cow which no longer gives any milk. What happens to an old piece of machinery? It is thrown on the scrap heap… But we are not here concerned with pieces of machinery… We are concerned with men and women, our fellow creatures, our brothers and sisters!…
‘Have you, have I, the right to live only so long as we are productive, so long as we are recognised by others as productive? If the principle that men is entitled to kill his unproductive fellow-man is established and applied, then woe betide all of us when we become aged and infirm… The way is open, indeed, for the murder of all of us when we become old and infirm and therefore unproductive… Then no man will be safe: some committee or other will be able to put him on the list of “unproductive” persons, who in their judgment have become “unworthy to live”.’