The Gospel of Rome
Part 24: Anti-Semitism Within Roman Catholicism

Roman Catholicism is guilty of centuries of anti-Semitic behavior. How strange since the Bible knows no such anti-Semitism. Jesus Himself was Jewish, and He clearly taught that He was for the Jews. He said, "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matthew 15:24). Similarly, the Apostle Paul said, "I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites" (Romans 9:3-4). Not to mention that the New Testament was written by Jews, and most of the first disciples were Jewish.

Despite this overwhelming testimony, the Roman Catholic Church made the following pronouncements regarding the Jewish people:

  • Jews may not appear in public during Holy Week (Council of Orleans, 538).
  • Jews may not be judges, tax collectors (Council of Macon, 581) or hold public office (Council of Paris, 614, Council of Toledo, 633).
  • Jewish children are to be brought up by Christians (Council of Toledo, 633).
  • Jews must pay tithes to the Christian church (Council of Gerona, 1078).
  • Jews may not build new synagogues (Council of Oxford, 1222).
  • Jews must live in ghettoes (Synod of Breslau, 1267) [217]

In addition to those:

  • Distinctive round patch for Jews were ordered at the Council of Narbonne (1227), Council of Arles (1234), Council of Béziers (1246), Council of Albi (1254), Council of Arles (1260), Council of Nîmes (1284), Council of Vienna (1289), Council of Avignon (1326), Council of Vabres (1368)
  • The Synod of Ofen decreed that Christians could not sell or rent real estate to Jews (1279)
  • The Council of Basel decreed that Jews could not obtain academic degrees (1434)
  • Pope Callistus III banned all social communication between Christians and Jews (1456)
  • Pope Leo XII decreed that Jews were to be confined to ghettos and their property was to be confiscated (1826) [218]

The Fourth Lateran Council made the following canons:

Jews and Saracens (Arabs) of both sexes in every Christian province must be distinguished from the Christian by a difference of dress. On Passion Sunday and the last three days of Holy Week they may not appear in public. [219]

Jews are not to be given public offices. Anyone instrumental in doing this is to be punished. A Jewish official is to be denied all intercourse with Christians. [220]

The dates of these infallible proclamations show that Rome's anti-Semitism was not a few isolated events. The dates range from 538 AD up into the 19th century!

Next: "Saved" Roman Catholic

Table of Contents

This document written to the glory of God.
© 2006, Mark Edward Sohmer. Please feel free to quote from it in context, and distribute it in its entirety without profit.
Author retains the right to prohibit others from distributing for illegitimate purposes.
The latest version of this document can be found at:
Please note that this is an HTML version of a document originally published as an Adobe Acrobat File. The original Adobe Acrobat File can be found at