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Were the Popes against the Jews? : tracking the myths, confronting the ideologues

Author: Justus George Lawler
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How many people know that a modern pope publicly referred to Jews as "dogs;" that two other modern popes called the Jewish religion "Satan's synagogue"; that at the beginning of the twentieth century another pope refused to save the life of a Jew accused of ritual murder, even though the pope knew the man was innocent? Lastly, how many people know that only a decade before the rise of Hitler, another pope supported  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Leo, Pope; Pius, Pope; Pius, Pope; Pius, Pope; Leo, Pope; Pius, Pope; Pius, Pope; Pius, Pope; Leo, Pope; Pius, Pope; Pius, Pope; Pius, Pope
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Justus George Lawler
ISBN: 9780802866295 0802866298
OCLC Number: 729721244
Description: xviii, 387 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: From agreement to discord --
The (supernatural) power of the press --
Anti-semitism vs. anti-Judaism --
Satanic synagogues and Jewish dogs --
Ritual murder and the duplicity of Leo XIII --
Ritual murder and the villainy of Pius X --
Popes, Poles, and pogroms --
Pius XI, Pius XII, and anti-anti-semitism --
Righteous petitions and doctored texts --
Annex: anti-semitism and theological arrogance --
Ideals, institutions, and reform: toward a conclusion.
Responsibility: Justus George Lawler.

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"How many people know that a modern pope publicly referred to Jews as "dogs;" that two other modern popes called the Jewish religion "Satan's synagogue"; that at the beginning of the twentieth century another pope refused to save the life of a Jew accused of ritual murder, even though the pope knew the man was innocent? Lastly, how many people know that only a decade before the rise of Hitler, another pope supported priests who called for the extermination of all the Jews in the world? The answer has to be "great numbers of people" since those accusations appeared in David I. Kertzer's The Popes Against the Jews (2001), a book which had been lauded in major journals and newspapers in the U.S. and the U.K., and which by 2006 had been translated into nine foreign languages, while Kertzer himself according to his Website, had become "America's foremost expert on the modern history of the Vatican's relations with the Jews." It is thus undeniable that very many people in very many countries have heard of the appalling misdeeds and misstatements mentioned above -- even though, in fact, not one of them was ever perpetrated by any pope."--Publisher's description.

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