Catholic Church's attitude toward Jews prior to Vatican II

Please note that the below quote is from the editor of the local diocesan paper. His comment that the Catholic Church had a negative attitude toward the Jews prior to Vatican II does not sound correct to me. I’ve heard this comment before from others with a more liberal persuasion. What was the Chruch’s official, documented, or known “attitude” toward the Jews prior to Vatican II? What official documents or statements prior to Vatican II can I utilize to refute such remarks?

Quote from Diocesan blog:

“The Second Vatican Council taught in Nostra Aetate, ‘It is true that the church is the new people of God, yet the Jews should not be spoken of as rejected or accursed as if this followed from holy Scripture.’ The great council ended the Catholic Church’s negative attitude toward Jews.”

Thanks for your input.

Larry B

During World War 2, the Catholic Church rescued about one million Jews from the Nazi’s.

Read Pincus Lapide’s book, “Three Popes and the Jews” for all the details.

Also visit the Catholic League and buy their books defending and explaining this whole false accusation mess.

Prior to Vatican II, Catholics generally felt that “The Jews” were responsible for Christ’s death, often not differentiating between the Jewish mob of 33 A.D. and Jews in general of today. At least, that was the perceived attitude. Vatican II sought to soften this attitude.
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[quote=Jaypeeto3]Prior to Vatican II, Catholics generally felt that “The Jews” were responsible for Christ’s death, often not differentiating between the Jewish mob of 33 A.D. and Jews in general of today. At least, that was the perceived attitude. Vatican II sought to soften this attitude.
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This was not just the position of Catholics, but of Protestants, too. Remember that the Ku Klux Klan was anti-Catholic as well as anti-Semitic.

see Catholic Encyclopedia It was written in the early 20th century. Note the last section especially

The principal items of Church legislation relative to Judaism have been set forth in connection with the history of the Jews. There remains only to add a few remarks which will explain the apparent severity of certain measures enacted by either popes or councils concerning the Jews, or account for the fact that popular hatred of them so often defeated the beneficent efforts of the Roman pontiffs in their regard.

Thank you for the replies. Anyone know what conciliar documents have been hostile in tone toward the Jews?

Larry B.

[quote=Larry B]Thank you for the replies. Anyone know what conciliar documents have been hostile in tone toward the Jews?
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[Paragraphs 67-70](http://www.piar.hu/councils/ecum12.htm#Jews and excessive Usury) of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215).

Jews have rejected Christ. This simple fact seems to have been forgotten in the post Vatican II era. If the Jews had no need of Christ, then he probably wouldn’t have been born a Jew. Just like, if the Romans hadn’t needed Christ, he probably would have been born outside the empire. There is ample evidence that Old Testament Judaism died out around the 5th century AD and that the majority of Jews today are descended from converts who specifically accepted Judaism as a way of rejecting Christ, similarly to the Serbs who converted to Islam specifically to reject Christ. I understand that all of this is terribly politically incorrect, but that’s the way it is.

[quote=tiny’smommy]There is ample evidence that Old Testament Judaism died out around the 5th century AD and that the majority of Jews today are descended from converts who specifically accepted Judaism as a way of rejecting Christ.
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I gotta ask you for a source on that one.

IMHO, there are two religions on this earth created by God. Judaism and Catholicism. Yes, our faith fulfilled Judaism; however, for whatever reason, not all the Jews have heard the Gospel. That being the case, how can something created by God be evil. Perhaps God preserves Judaism to remind us of our roots.

[quote=Larry B]Please note that the below quote is from the editor of the local diocesan paper. His comment that the Catholic Church had a negative attitude toward the Jews prior to Vatican II does not sound correct to me. I’ve heard this comment before from others with a more liberal persuasion. What was the Chruch’s official, documented, or known “attitude” toward the Jews prior to Vatican II? What official documents or statements prior to Vatican II can I utilize to refute such remarks?

Quote from Diocesan blog:

“The Second Vatican Council taught in Nostra Aetate, ‘It is true that the church is the new people of God, yet the Jews should not be spoken of as rejected or accursed as if this followed from holy Scripture.’ The great council ended the Catholic Church’s negative attitude toward Jews.”

Thanks for your input.

Larry B
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In “The Last Three Popes and the Jews”, written about 40 years ago, Pinchas Lapide gives all the evidence one could ask for.

There are a lot of quotations - to try to say that the CC was not anti-Jewish, even in the 1930s, is simply untrue; that quotation is spot-on. If we don’t like unpleasant facts, that our problem, and lying revisionism of the kind which whitewashes the Church is no answer at all. If the Church needs lies, she is not the Church of Christ. ##

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