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Few Christians know the unspeakable violence that was done to Jewish people in the two thousand years of church history. Nor do they realize this was not a few isolated incidences but an on-going pattern reaching back to the early centuries. The Church Jesus established was soon invaded by the "mystery of iniquity." II Thessalonians. 2:7. What began as the "Bride of Christ" soon became a War-Woman of violence and crime. We were not told this in Sunday School. It is also true that parallel to her reign of terror was an undercover body of true believers who suffered similar violence as the Jews. Behavior of the Catholic Church does not speak for all Christians.

It is not my motive to sound anti-Catholic. Over the years I have known many precious Catholic believers, some of them Priests, who loved God as much as I. But, I cannot be quiet about the atrocities committed against the Jews; nor our responsibility to beg their forgiveness. A casual word to them will not be sufficient. We need face-on-the-floor repentance before them and God.

What you read will not be comfortable reading but history doesn’t care how uncomfortable truth makes us feel. Facts remain facts no matter how well we disguise them. He who said "Love your enemies ..." was soon mocked by the very ones who claimed to be His disciples.

Jews were banished from every country in Europe, burned alive at the stake, entire Jewish villages destroyed, and their property confiscated. Others were forced into Catholic conversion. Even after conversion they were treated with hatred and contempt; never accepted into the mainstream of society. Evangelicals can claim an honest innocence in most of those crimes. What I provide are only a few examples of a thousand more atrocities. But, here, with the date, is what I mean about Jewish persecution.

325: At the Council of Nicea, 325 a.d, Christian documents spoke of the Jews in degrading ways.

337: The first Christian Emperor of Rome, Constantine, made the marriage of a Jewish man to a Christian woman punishable by death.

339: Converting to Judaism became a criminal offense in Rome.

379: Emperor Theodosius, encouraged the destruction of synagogues.

380: The Bishop of Milan directed the burning of a synagogue and called it "an act pleasing to God."

395: Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire–but a greater threat to the Jews.

415: The Christian Bishop, Cyril of Alexandria, Egypt, expelled all Jews from that city.

612: Jews across Europe were not allowed to own land, be farmers, or enter certain trades. The next 600 years the story was the same–but the worst came later.

1099: Christian Crusaders forced all of the Jews of Jerusalem into a central synagogue and set it on fire. Those who tried to escape were forced back into the burning building. Jews were safer with Muslims than with Christians.

1229: The Spanish inquisition began with Pope Innocent IV authorizing the use of killing and torture. Bodies were pulled apart, bones broken, nails driven into bodies, Jews and other non-Catholics were burned alive at the stake. Jewish children over 6 years of age were forcibly taken

from their parents and given a Catholic education. In Spain alone, more than 41,000 people were burned alive at the stake.

1236: Pope Gregory ordered church leaders in England, France, Portugal, and Spain, to confiscate all Jewish books.

1261: Duke Henry III of Brabant, Belgium, ordered that "Jews...must be expelled from Brabant and totally annihilated so that not a single one remains, except those who are willing to change ..."

1267: The Synod of Vienna ordered Jews to wear horned hats.

1290: Jews were exiled from England, forcing some 16,000 to abandon their homes.

1298: Jews were persecuted in Austria, Bavaria, eastern Germany, and 140 Jewish communities were destroyed. More than 100,000 Jews were killed in a 6 month period.

1306: 100,000 Jews were exiled from France. They left with only the clothes on their backs and food for one day. Many starved to death in the first week. Thousands of children died first.

1320: 40,000 French shepherds went to Palestine on the "Shepherd Crusade" and on the way destroyed 140 Jewish communities.

1347: The Black Death originated in the Far East, probably when Mongol invaders brought it to Caffa in the Crimea. Rats initially carried it, their fleas spreading the disease among the population. In five years the death toll had reached 25 million. People noted that a smaller percentage of Jews than Christians caught the disease. This was probably because of the Jewish sanitary laws which they had kept from the Old Testament. Rumors spread that Jews poisoned the wells used by Christians. The solution was to torture, murder, and burn the Jews. In Bavaria 12,000 Jews perished; in the small town of Erfurt another 3,000 died. Near Tours, an immense trench was dug, filled with blazing wood and in a single day 160 Jews were thrown into the fire and burned alive. In Strausberg 2,000 Jews were burned. In Maintz 6,000 were killed. Another 12,000 Jews were executed in Toledo.

1492: Spain exiled all remaining Jews. The same day Christopher Columbus sailed on his voyage to the New World, the last boat-load of Jews left Spain with no place to go. The timing of the two events was prophetic. The Jewish community in Spain was the oldest, wealthiest, best educated in Western Europe. They provided much of the intellectual elite for the nation.

1517: The Protestant Reformation began under the leadership of Martin Luther. When Jews refused to convert to Christ, Luther assailed them with language too vile, too vulgar to put in print. 400 years after Luther, Adolph Hitler eagerly quoted Luther’s villainy to justify his murder of the Jews.

1563: When the army of Ivan the Terrible occupied the Polish city of Polotzk all local Jews were ordered to convert to the Orthodox faith. Those who resisted were drowned in the Dvina River or burned at the stake.

1840: A rumor spread in Syria that Jews were responsible for the ritual killing of a Roman Catholic monk and his servant. As a result of being tortured to the point of insanity, some local Jews confessed to a crime they did not commit.

1846-1878: Pope Pius IX ordered all Jews within the Vatican State to be housed in Rome's ghetto. This was the last ghetto in Europe until the Nazis restored the practice in the Second World War. In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II–ignoring the sin of Pius IX–beatified him, starting him toward sainthood. Pius’ crimes against the Jews were totally ignored.

1858: A six-year old Jewish boy was kidnaped by the Vatican police when they learned a maid had secretly baptized him. She had done this without his parents approval. An international protest followed but he was not returned to his family. He remained in Papal custody, was raised a Catholic, and eventually became a priest.

1903: At Easter, in Kishinev, Moldova, a Christian child was murdered and a young Christian woman committed suicide at the Jewish Hospital. Jews were blamed for the deaths. Russian government agents organized an anti-Jewish riot with the local newspaper publishing a series of inflammatory articles. Violence ensued. The 5,000 soldiers in the town did nothing to protect the Jews. In a short time, 49 Jews had been killed, 500 were injured; 700 homes looted and destroyed, 600 businesses and shops looted, 2,000 families left homeless. Later, it was discovered that the child had been killed by its own relatives and the suicide was totally unrelated to the Jews. That mattered not. The Jews had already paid for someone else’s crime.

1915: 600,000 Jews were forcibly moved from the western borders of Russia towards the interior. About 100,000 died of exposure and starvation.

1917: "In the civil war following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the reactionary White Armies made extensive use of riots to incite widespread slaughters of Jews." 200,000 Jews were murdered in the Ukraine.

1938: On November 9th, the Nazi government in Germany sent storm troopers, the SS and the Hitler Youth on an attack that killed 91 Jews, injured hundreds, burned 177 synagogues and looted 7,500 Jewish stores. Broken glass could be seen everywhere; the glass gave this event its name of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass.