By R. Michael
Relocating from the Catholic Church's pagan origins, during the Roman period, center a while, and Reformation to the current, Robert Michael the following presents a definitive background of Catholic antisemitism.
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The play ends with a vow to take revenge on the Jews by a character called Christiana (Ecclesia): “Damn you, you shameful Jews . . ” Christiana then promised the Jews great suffering in the future and blindfolded Judea, breaking her banner that carried a black idol on it. “Thus I must end this matter and blind you evil Jews so that you and all your children are blind . . ”50 Other plays embodied the same anti-Jewish themes. ” The Jews call for Jesus’s death. The High Priest Annas orders the Jews, “Take Him, beat him The crowd beats Jesus, spits in His face, and pulls Him about.
From the Jew the heretic has accepted guidance in this discussion [that Jesus was not the Christ]. Let the heretic now give up borrowing poison from the Jew . . ” Deviations from Orthodox Christianity were seen not merely as Catholic splinter groups but as heresies that were essentially Jewish in spirit. The iconoclasts, who opposed the worship of religious images, were referred to as having “Jewish minds” by Peter of Antioch. 24 What was new in St. Jerome was the identification of all Jews with Judas and with the immoral use of money, two themes that would bedevil Christian-Jewish relations for two millennia.
27 Yet one must wonder about the effect of this sermon on Value Inversion and Vilification 29 a Catholic audience when after thousands of words of bitter attack, St. Jerome changed course to remind the faithful to pray for the Jews as an act of moral conviction. The words that ring down through history are not Jerome’s plea for forgiveness, but his complaint that “the ceremonies of the Jews are harmful and deadly to Christians, and . . ”28 Perhaps the most influential Father of the Church was the fourth to fifth century bishop of Hippo, St.
A History of Catholic Antisemitism: The Dark Side of the Church by R. Michael