A History of Catholic Antisemitism: The Dark Side of the by R. Michael

By R. Michael

Relocating from the Catholic Church's pagan origins, in the course of the Roman period, center a long time, and Reformation to the current, Robert Michael right here presents a definitive historical past of Catholic antisemitism.

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13 But the existence of an independently thriving Jewish community, which persisted in denying the validity of Christianity by its refusal to convert, gave pagan anti-Catholics ammunition for their attack on Christianity and justified pagan rejection of Catholic missionizing. As a result, Catholic theological writers increasingly came to write of contemporary Jews as paragons of evil and satanic adversaries. It seemed to be a theological necessity that all Jews, whether Biblical or contemporary, be implicated in mythic religious crimes.

Corpus Christi plays celebrated the power of the consecrated host by dramatizing miracles involving the Eucharist. 45 Reflecting traditional religious conflict, the medieval English mystery plays of Townley, York, and Chester, denigrated the Jews, who refused to depart from their Torah and accept the divinity or messiahship of Jesus. Jews are portrayed as demons who, blind to the truth of Christianity, stubbornly insist on their own religion. The Jews are shown seizing, torturing, and murdering Christ, doing most of what the Scriptures assigned to the Romans.

H. C. 9 In 324, Constantine’s victory at Chrysopolis had made him emperor of a unified empire whose capital was a rebuilt Byzantium, which he renamed Constantinople. 10 The council defined the nature of Jesus, developed a uniform Catholic creed, declared Arianism a heresy, and attacked Judaism. Constantine’s convocation mentioned that Judaizing was detrimental to the Church,11 and the council clearly distinguished the celebration of the Christian Easter from the Jewish Passover. The council’s disengagement of the dates assigned to Easter from those of Passover was widely supported in the western Church at the time.

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