"Vicars of Christ" tortured and killed innocent people
by the thousands, just because they were Jews. And
they did so in the name of Jesus of Nazareth !
When Jesus promised that the "gates of hell will not prevail against his church", surely he didn't have this institution in mind, with its "Vicars of Christ" who themselves directed and applauded the torture and killing of thousands of Jews, and created an atmosphere that led in recent years with an effort to exterminate the whole of the Jewish nation.
Catholic anti-semitism has a very long history. In the fourth-century, St. John Chrysostom, the "Golden-Mouthed" Doctor of the Church, said over and over, "I hate the Jews' . . . No pardon is possible for the odious assassinators of the Lord. "God hates the Jews and always did."
"In the year 1096 half of the Jews of Worms (in Germany) were slaughtered as a crusade passed through the town. The rest fled to the bishop's residence for protection. The Bishop agreed to save them, (but only) on condition that they ask to be baptized. The Jews retired to consider their decision. When the doors of the audience chamber were opened, all 800 Jews inside were dead. Some were decapitated; fathers had killed their babies before turning their knives on their wives and themselves: a groom had slain his bride. The first century tragedy of Masada was repeated everywhere in Germany and, later, throughout France. When the Crusade took the great prize, Jerusalem, one of their first acts was to set the synagogue on fire with all the Jews inside." (from pages 157-8)
"Pope Paul IV, who hated Jews, had worked on the document for hours at a time. . . Soon it was finished. On 17 July 1555, a mere two months after his election, he published Cum nimis absurdum, a Bull which never appears in pious anthologies of papal documents. For this was to prove a landmark in the history of anti-Semitism. . .
( It was said of him: ) 'His arm is dyed in blood to the elbow.' It is no surprise that during Paul's brief pontificate the population of Rome was almost halved. Jews, who had nowhere to run to, took the brunt of his bigotry.
He knew by heart all the church's edicts against Judaism. The onslaught on the Jews had begun very early.
In the Roman Empire, Jews had overcome initial hostility to win for themselves full citizenship by the Edict of Caracalla in the year 212. A century later, when Constantine became a Christian, persecution of Jews began.
They were excluded from all civil and administrative posts, forbidden to employ Christians, or give to and receive from them medical aid. Intermarriage between Christians and Jews was classed as adultery and made a capital offence. In a lawsuit between Christians and Jews, only Christian witnesses were acceptable to the court. Fathers of the church, such as Ambrose in the West and Chrysostom in the East, provided a theological basis for despising Jews which has the power to shock even today.". . . (p.191)
"Innocent III and the Fourth Council of the Lateran in 1215 took up the cause of anti-Semitism with a will. And Paul IV, who hated every form of dissent, was determined to carry on, with impeccable cruelty, the work of the great Innocent. Cum nimis absurdum stressed that the Christ-killers, the Jews, were by nature slaves and should be treated as such. For the first time in the Papal States, they were to be confined to a particular area called, after the Venetian Foundry, a 'ghetto'. Each ghetto was to have but one entrance. Jews were obliged to sell all their property to Christians at knockdown prices; at best they realized 20 per cent of value, at worst a house went for a donkey, a vineyard for a suit of clothes. Forbidden to engage in commercial activity or deal in corn, they could otherwise sell food and secondhand clothes (strazzaria); thus was their status reduced to that of rag- pickers. They were allowed one synagogue in each city. Seven out of eight in Rome were destroyed, and in the Campagna eighteen out of nineteen. They were already without books; when he was a cardinal, Paul IV had burned them all, including the Talmud. They were obliged to wear, as a distinguishing mark, a yellow hat in public. They were to use only Italian and Latin in speech, in their calendars and accounts. They were never to employ Christians in any capacity, even to light their Sabbath fires in winter." . . .
"A House for Catechumens, that is, for convert Jews, was to be built and paid for by Jews. Censors of Jewish books had to be paid for by Jews, as was the Gentile gate-keeper whose job it was to lock them in at night." . . . (p.192)
"Roman Jews suffered specially in that their ghetto was a stretch along the right bank of the Tiber, malarial and frequently as waterlogged as Venice. Within a circuit of five hundred yards were crammed four to five thousand people. According to one Jewish writer, they were 'clothed in rags, living on rags, thriving on rags'. . .
The impact of Paul's Bull was immediate. Within days, there was a ghetto in Venice, another in Bologna called the Inferno. Paul's aim was to convert Jews en masse. Many did cross over to Christianity; most did not. Atrocities resulted everywhere. . .
Paul died in 1559, but his Bull had set a pattern that was to last for three centuries. . . Everywhere, synagogues were closed for months on end on the pretext that a single unauthorized book had been found there". . . (p.193)
"One Christian superstition of the time was that whoever was responsible for baptizing an infidel gained free passage to Paradise. Ruffians roamed the city, pouncing on Jewish children and christening them with rainwater. In the eighteenth century, Benedict XIV decided that a child baptized against his or her parents' wishes and contrary to the procedures of canon law was none the less a Christian and had to live as one. If he did not, he was labelled a heretic, with the dire penalties that entailed. The ghettos were loud in mourning when such crimes occurred. They grieved, too, when a Jew, converted to Christianity, did as the priest told him and snatched his children from the ghetto. Once they were baptized, the mother was never allowed to see them again. . .
In the worst days of papal oppression in Rome, Jews lived in a space confined by high walls. Naturally, they had to build upwards. As a result, houses collapsed, sometimes during wedding celebrations. Fires spread rapidly. . .
The French Revolution ushered in the age of enlightenment. The light did not reach the Vatican. A succession of popes reinforced the ancient prejudices against Jews, treating them as lepers unworthy of the protection of the law. Pius VII was followed by Leo II, Pius VIII, Gregory XVI, Pius IX - all good pupils of Paul IV."
. . . (p.194)
" If a Christian doctor was called to treat a patient in the ghetto, he had first to try to convert him to Christ. If he failed, he was to leave as once. Three or four Jewish children were taken every Monday for baptism and turned into Christians. Whoever objected, even the parents, was hauled before the Inquisition. If two Christians testified that a Jew by word or deed had insulted a Catholic priest or the true religion, he was put to death.
Leo II (1823-9) decided Christians were getting lax. He again locked Jews inside ghettos. He also forbade vaccination against smallpox during an epidemic because it was 'against the natural law'. . .
In September 1870, Italian troops took Rome. They were greeted by scenes of jubilation only matched when the Allies recaptured the city after the Nazi occupation in the Second World War. Eleven days after Rome fell, on 2 October 1870, the Jews, by a royal decree, were given the freedom which the papacy had denied them for over fifteen hundred years. The last ghetto in Europe was dismantled. When that happened, Jews must have felt that their trials were over at last. How could they know that their darkest hour was still to come?" (p. 195)
This is a very brief summary of the history of the R. C. anti-semitism. For more detail, check my web page, the Church vs the Jews
. The role of the Catholic Church and in the Jewish Holocaust,of Pope Pius XII in particular, is so serious a matter that it has to be addressed in many web pages of their own, which begain at : www.CatholicArrogance.Org/RCscandal.html.
"Vicars of Christ" have often been more corrupt rulers
of the church than their counterparts in civil government :
To be a true-believing Roman Catholic is to believe that Jesus selected as his personal representatives on earth "Vicars" men ( some in their teens, and one even a pre-teen), with no qualifications whatsoever to lead a supposedly holy institution :
"When Lord Macaulay of England visited the papal states in 1838 he reported: "Corruption infects all the public offices. . . The States of the Pope are, I suppose, the worst governed in the civilized world; and the imbecility of the police, the venality of public servants, the desolation of the country, force themselves on the observation of the most heedless traveller."
By 1870 only tsarist Russia was more wickedly run than the Papal States. In the States there was no freedom of thought or expression, and no elections. Books and papers were censored. Jews were locked up in ghettos. Justice was a blind and hungry lion. It was frankly a police state flying the papal flag, with spies, inquisitors, reprisals, secret police, and executions for minor offenses a commonplace. A small corrupt, lascivious, tight-knit clerical oligarchy ruled in his Holiness's name, with a rod of iron." (p. 130)
"Vicars of Christ" have thought themselves more
qualified than scientists to establish scientific truth.
To be a true-believing Roman Catholic is to believe that Jesus selected as his personal representatives on earth "Vicars" who are better equipped to establish scientific truths than all the scientists in the world put together. The First Vatican Council ratified as the truth of God, Pope Pius X's "Syllabus of Errors", which repudiated all scientific discoveries not approved by the church) - 1864.
Here's the way Pope Gregory VII spelled out the pope's prerogatives:
- "He can be judged by no one on earth.
- The Roman church has never erred, nor can it err until the end of time.
- The pope alone can depose bishops.
- He can dethrone emperors and kings (and no doubt Presidents and Prime Ministers) and absolve their subjects from allegiance.
- All princes are obliged to kiss his feet.
- His delegates, even when not priests, have precedence over bishops.
- A rightly elected pope is, without question, a saint, made so by the merits of Peter."
(This sanctity he claimed to have experienced overwhelmingly at his election.)
After Galileo gave one of his newly invented microscopes to his friend, Pope Urban VIII, and the pope had marvelled at a world he had never known existed, the pope said to Galileo concerning the new book Galileo had just published about how the sun, rather than the earth is the fixed center of our universe:
" 'You may have irrefutable proof (thanks to your telescope) of the earth's motion (around the sun). That does not prove the earth actually moves. . . God is above human reason and what seems perfectly reasonable to men may prove folly to God.' Urban went on to say that he, as pope, was responsible for the salvation of souls. Sometimes scientific discussion imperils souls. The Copernican system, unless taken as a pure mathematical device, might cast doubt on Scriptures. Should that happened, we would have to take steps to stamp it out." (p. 227)
Because the pope had read in the bible that the sun "comes up" and "goes down", no amount of evidence put before him by Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo (and any number of other scientists) could persuade him that despite appearances and the bible, it's not the sun that does the moving around the earth, but the other way around.
" What wounded Galileo most was the disgrace. It had been visited on him for no reason he could understand. He thought of himself as a devoted Catholic. How could anyone insist on taking Genesis literally when there were overwhelming reasons for it being a myth! He was convinced that scientific problems could not be solved by a clerical police force. Ranged against him, he saw only ignorance, malice and impiety posing as Christian faith and virtue. Small-minded Vatican clerics had humiliated him but they could not stop the progress of science. His was the classic case of truth being crushed by power, genius being silenced by petty bureaucracy. It showed Rome's fear and hatred of the enquiring mind which was to be repeated time after time in the centuries ahead. The church's backward march into the future meant that its war with science and progress was to go on. It warred against liberty and the democratic process at and after the French Revolution. It made war on Darwin and Freud, on biblical scholarship, on attempts to understand the world on its own terms, free from divine 'interventions from outside'. Today, it wages war against birth control and the equality of women. On each and every occasion, the Catholic church at the highest level refers to the Bible and natural law as it tries, with the best intentions, to halt the forward march of the world. It is a melancholy fact that it would be hard to find in the last four centuries one instance in which Rome greeted with unqualified joy a decisive advance of the human spirit. Any theologian who is censured today can at least take comfort in the fact that he is not treated as harshly as the Father of Modern Science." (p. 230)
End of material from Peter De Rosa's book The Vicars of Christ
The Roman Church & the "American Holocaust" :
In the extremely enlightening book, "American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World" (Oxford University Press 1992), David E. Stannard shows that far from being discoverers and "missionaries", Columbus was a greedy "conquistador", a slave trader and the man who initiated a genocide of an entire people. And the clergy were less ambassadors of the Gospel than enablers of their royal and papal patrons. All of the founding fathers of the United States had serious flaws, true – but Columbus was in a class by himself. We might as well have the founder of the KKK as a national hero as Columbus. How many people know that Columbus introduced measures generally attributed to later conquistadors, such as enslaving Indians and hunting them down with dogs?
David E. Stannard not only dispels common myths in his work. He tells the reader what was lost: the incredible variety of cultures and the impressive achievements Native Americans had developed throughout the millennia. How well known is the fact that most Native Americans were living in towns and villages as farmers, long before Columbus and that the majority of Native societies in Northern America was organized democratically, including women's right to vote, long before such an idea was conceivable to Europeans? How well known is it that – unlike European cities of the time – the magnificent capital of the Aztec society took its "drinking water . . . from springs . . . piped into the city by a huge aquaduct system" that amazed
the Spaniards, just as they were amazed at the city's cleanliness and order: "at least 1000 public workers were employed to maintain the city's streets and keep them clean". (p. 5)
When Columbus and a handful of Spanish sailors landed in the Caribbean, this
was the beginning of "far and away, the most massive act of genocide in the
history of the world" (p. X) and cost more than a hundred million lives in
How well known is it that in the Spanish missions in California the natives were forced to do slave labor and died in the thousands and that the missions were "furnaces of death that sustained their Indian population levels for as long as they did only by driving more and more natives into their confines"? (p. 137)
We devote a whole web site to the issue of the American Holocaust: )Columbus and the Conquest of the New World). It's, called Columbusnohero.org.
The Catholic Church & American Slavery :
Commenting on his church's role regarding slavery, a Roman Catholic historian explained that :
"The Roman Catholic Church had taken no position
on slavery either before or during the war.
'By their silence,' one Catholic writer explained ' our prelates
(i.e. hierarchy) divorced this burning political question
from church affairs.' "
African American historians, on the other hand, report that :
"During the colonial time, the Roman Catholic Church was the state religion in French possessions. All other churches were suppressed. The [enslaved people] were compelled to be baptized. Since the Africans cherished their custom and ways of life, this led to conflict and rebellions. . . the economy of Orleans Territory [which became the state of Louisiana] was based on the cruel system of chattel slavery. Africans and Native Americans were considered property. At the top of society were a few rich [enslaving] owners and at the bottom were masses of [enslaved people]. Individual families and joint corporations owned [enslaved persons]. . . But one of the biggest [enslaving] owners was the Roman Catholic Church. The Jesuits, Capuchins and Ursulines had plantations run by [enslaved] labor and all three engaged in the [enslavement] trade."
[ from http://www.coax.net/people/lwf/1811-rebellion.htm ]
Following the Civil War, the Vatican was asked for an authoritative statement on slavery, in reaction to the passing of the 13th amendment to the U. S. Constitution (which banned slavery in this country). In 1866 the highest authority in the Catholic Church, short of the Pope, i.e. the "Holy Office" (of the Inquisition), which rules on matters of orthodox faith and teaching, declared :
"Slavery, considered as such in its essential nature, is not at all contrary to the natural and divine law. There can be several just titles of slavery and these are referred to by approved theologians and commentators of the sacred canons (of the Catholic Church). It is not contrary to the natural and divine law for a slave to be sold, bought, exchanged or given." [Instruction 20, June 1866]
The vanity of Roman Catholic "Tradition" :
See how Roman Catholic apologists dismiss all of these problems with their popes at the "Catholic Information Network".