Anti-semitism, the Nazi Holocaust,
and the Roman Catholic Church
||"The Jews are a nervous people. Nineteen centuries of Christian
love have taken a toll." Benjamin Disraeli
||"Only in our remembrance and open discussion is there a chance, a
hope, that another Holocaust will never happen." Louis Weber, publisher
of "The Holocaust Chronicle" 1
||"We would risk causing the victims of the most atrocious deaths
to die again if we do not have an ardent desire for justice, if we do
not commit ourselves to insure that evil does not prevail over good as
it did for millions of children of the Jewish people...Humanity cannot
permit all that to happen again." Pope John Paul II. 2
The roots of the Holocaust:
The Holocaust was built on a foundation of centuries of anti-Jewish hatred
mainly promoted by the Roman Catholic Church, by the Protestant Churches, and to a
lesser degree by the Eastern Orthodox churches.
This religious hatred and intolerance was primarily created and maintained by Christian synods, councils,
popes, cardinals, theologians, etc. until the 19th century. Since that time,
anti-semitism -- hatred of Jews based on race -- has been a cooperative
effort involving some religious, secular and government individuals and
Hans Küng, a leading Catholic
theologian, 3 has written that "Nazi anti-Judaism was the work of godless, anti-Christian
criminals. But it would not have been possible without the almost two thousand years'
pre-history of 'Christian' anti-Judaism..." 4
Many regard the church itself to be at fault and responsible for much of
and later anti-semitism, which led to the Holocaust. However, the Roman
Catholic church teaches that the church itself has always been pure and without fault.
They believe that it
was created by Christ and is maintained by God, free of
error. They believe that it is only individual
church members and leaders who have sinned.
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"The Holocaust Chronicle: A history in words and pictures." is a truly remarkable book about the Nazi Holocaust. Obtain a copy.
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Pope John Paul II, "Address on the Occasion of a Commemoration of the Shoah," 1994-APR-7, 1994, 3: Insegnamenti
17/1, 1994, 897 and 893.
- Hans Küng wrote a book about papal infallibility titled "Infallible? an
enquiry" in 1971. Eight years later, the Vatican terminated his license to teach
as a Catholic theologian in any Catholic university.
Hans Küng, "On Being a Christian," Doubleday, Garden City NY, (1976), Page 169.
Copyright © 2001 to 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2001-JUL-25
Latest update: 2008-FEB-06
Author: B.A. Robinson