Title

I Am Joseph Your Brother, Roncalli and the Hatred and Love of Jews

Streaming Media

Document Type

Event

Publication Date

4-20-2004

Abstract

Professor Gaffney's address, "I Am Joseph Your Brother, Roncalli and the Hatred and Love of Jews," traced the long and generally shameful history of the Catholic Church's shunning of the Jewish faith. Simmering quietly almost from the time of Christ's death, it turned drastically worse in the fourth century, Gaffney noted, when the Popes of that time began to refer synagogues as "hovels" and "homes of insanity." Legal protections for Jews began to erode, especially in Europe. The Crusades launched during the Middle Ages, aimed at Muslim and Jew alike, in some ways foreshadowed the rise of the Nazi party centuries later, Gaffney commented.

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