Saturday, July 21, 2007

On Supposed Christian Anti-Semitism, Part I

1. Supposedly St. Augustine the Great, Bishop of Hippo and Doctor (of Grace) of the Church, said in Epistle 82 that “The ceremonies of the Jews are both baneful and deadly to Christians and whoever keeps them is doomed to the abyss of the devil.” This quote appears to be fake since it is absent in both Letter 82 and Tractate 82.

2. Blessed Juliana of Norwich says [Revelations of Divine Love], "I knew in my faith that the Jews were accursed and condemned without end, except those who were converted." She is simply saying, in accordance with EENS (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus) which the Church has always affirmed, that the Jews who don’t become members of the Church before dying suffer in Hell for eternity. This is the same sense conveyed by Pope Eugenius IV at the Ecumenical Council of Florence when he said, “all those who are outside the catholic church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics, cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the catholic church before the end of their lives.”

3. St. Gregory of Nyssa supposedly accused every single Jew of deicide. The quote attributed to him—“The Jews are murderers of the Lord … They are guilty of shouting: ‘Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!’ He who was God in the flesh!”—is said to be from his Oration on the Resurrection of Christ. But this quote appears to be fake. In all the online listings of the works of Gregory of Nyssa, I have found none entitled "Homilies on the Resurrection." The closest title I could find is "On the Soul and the Resurrection", the text of which is in the public domain at It has no mention of Jews whatsoever.


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