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Translation of document 3437-PS
1935 REICHGESETZBLATT, PART I, PAGE 1370
Fifth decree for execution of the Law for the
Safeguarding of the German Protestant Church of 2
On the basis of the Law for the Safeguarding of
the German Protestant Church of 24 September 1935.
(Reichsgesetzblatt I Page 1178) it is hereby
1. Insofar as, on the basis of the Law for Safeguarding
the German Protestant Church of 24 September 1935
(Reichsgesetzblatt I Page 1178) and the executive decrees,
organ of church leadership have been formed in the German
Protestant Church and the State Church, the exercise of
church-authoritative and church-official powers by church
association is not permissible.
2. To the functions not permissible in accordance with
paragraph 1 belong particularly the filling of pastorates,
the engagement of clerical assistants, the examination and
ordaining of communities, the publishing of the banns, the
collection and administration of church dues and assessments
the imposition of alms and collections with reference to
church community activities such as the summoning of synods.
1. The Reich Minister for Church Affairs will announce the
churches and church provinces to which the case of par. 1,
no. 1 applies.
2. Organs of church associations or groups which continue
to exercise church authoritative and church official powers
in the sphere of the church or church provinces concerned
after such an announcement may be dissolved.
After this decree becomes effective, the
assumption of church authoritative and church
official powers by organs of church associations
or groups is not permissible. The provisions of
Par 2 number 2 applies accordingly.
This decree takes effect on the day following its
Berlin, 2, December, 1935
The Reich Minister for Church Affairs.