On November 10, 1943, three Catholic priests at Luebeck were taken, one by one, from their prison cells to the execution chamber and, within two or three minutes, guillotined. They had been found gulty of sabotaging the German War Effort; one at least of them had been noticed showing friendship towards Jews. Among their crimes was their study of the sermons of Blessed Count Clemens von Gallen, Bishop and Confessor, in which he made the point that, given the policies of its government towards the 'unfit', Germany did not deserve to win the War.
Blessed Johannes Prassek, pray for us.
Blessed Eduard Mueller, pray for us.
Blessed Hermann Lange, pray for us.
These were youthful priests; Introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui laetificat iuventutem meam was fresh upon their lips. This was the beautiful holocaust of their young priesthood; their blood which covered the floor was the blood of the Jew who died on the Altar of a Cross.
And, in their company, an elderly Lutheran pastor, their friend, mingled his blood with theirs.
blessed Friedrich Stellbrink, pray for us.
The Bishop of Osnabrueck visited his priests and did what he could to prevent their execution. The Lutheran 'church' disowned its pastor and expelled him from its ministry.
I am sure that this is precisely how the the foul-mouthed Jew-hating founder of Lutheranism would have wished things to be.