The Reich opposed political Catholicism (a distinction your quote made) and churches that acted against the National Socialism program, typically in support of Communism (which had a cache then it doesn't have now). It felt that the modern churches had lost their way (something many people feel today) and were subverting Germanic culture and nationalism. This is what the Reich "despised" and wanted to transform. Shirer and the NYT, as typically, distort the truth. There was no opposition to the Christian faith in essence but only to certain political, pro-communist, anti-nationalist or anti-Germanic institutions of it. There are numerous quotes from Hitler about his personal Christianity, his faith in God, and the Christian nature of the National Socialist movement. Some of his officers had anti-Christianity views.And as always (On Topic) - Wrong-
The Catholic Church was persecuted under the Third Reich, with the Nazi leadership hoping to gradually de-Christianize Germany. Millions of Catholics, primarily clergy and activists, were imprisoned and killed.According to the World Holocaust Remembrance Center,
Hitler vehemently despised Christianity, calling it the enemy of National Socialism. According to historian William Shirer, "under the leadership of Rosenberg, Bormann and Himmler—backed by Hitler—the Nazi regime intended to destroy Christianity in Germany, if it could, and substitute the old paganism of the early tribal Germanic gods and the new paganism of the Nazi extremists". He also wrote that Hitler "inveighed against political Catholicism in Mein Kampf and attacked both of the Christian Churches for their failure to recognise the racial problem...". As reported in the New York Times, Hitler's forces wished to de-Christianize Germany after "the final victory" and destroy Christianity.