By R. Michael
Relocating from the Catholic Church's pagan origins, throughout the Roman period, center a long time, and Reformation to the current, Robert Michael the following offers a definitive background of Catholic antisemitism.
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The Jews are] a people who, having imbrued their hands in a most heinous outrage [Jesus’ crucifixion], have thus polluted their souls and are deservedly blind. . Therefore we have nothing in common with that most hostile of people the Jews. We have received from the Savior another way . . our holy religion. . On what subject will that detestable association be competent to form a correct judgment, who after that murder of their Lord . . are led . . by . . ”15 In his homilies, St. John Chrysostom twice alluded to the synagogue as a brothel.
Chrysostom saw in his Jewish neighbors the alleged crimes of all preexisting Jews. ”35 And, like the other Church Fathers, he applied the Christian Testament passages concerning the Jewish involvement in the crucifixion to the Jews of his own day. ”36 Although Chrysostom was critical of many groups, for him as for so many other of the Fathers, the Jews were the ultimate evil. In expounding on his program of hostility, Chrysostom sought to alienate any Catholic feelings of affinity with, or of common humanity toward, the Jews.
Caught in the snare of the devil . . polluted . . ”6 Christians saw denials of the Christological meanings of Scripture in Jewish prayer. ”7 Christians observed that Jews spat when the words “vanity” and “emptiness” were recited. Even though the prayer derived from Isaiah 45:20 and therefore preceded Christianity, Catholic theologians as early as St. 1235) vociferous denial of Jesus’s Messiahship,10 the Talmud, and other Jewish polemical writing. Jews and Christians had to deal with one another socially on a daily basis.
A History of Catholic Antisemitism: The Dark Side of the Church by R. Michael