Jews, Church, & Civilization IV

INTRODUCTION

1542 CE: CHURCH SYNOD

As the Reformation began to make headway in Poland, the Catholic Church under Archbishop Peter Gamrat and the Papal Nuncio Lippomano decided to combat it by increasing the level of Judeophobia – and demanding that Jews be expelled or at least be put into ghettos. ‘Host desecration’ accusations and ‘ritual murder’ accusations, led by church leaders, became far more common throughout the next 200 years.

1543 CE: MARY STUART CROWNED QUEEN OF SCOTS

–before her first birthday

She is raised in France under the supervision of her French uncles, the Due de Guise and the Cardinal of Lorraine. Less than a year old, she has no shortage of enemies, however.

(See also 1585 CE)

1543 CE: LUTHER WRITES CONCERNING THE JEWS AND THEIR LIES

–As an ally of anti-Catholic Reuchlin, Luther had written a pro-Jewish work in 1520 called Jesus was a Jew. Luther expected the Jews to join his revolution, and when they rejected his views, he became bitter.

He thereupon called for the Jews to be slaves to the serfs, and to not even touch the hand of a German Christian. His attacks, however, were generally not based upon the vicious and virulent anti-Jewish writings of past Christian ‘luminaries,’ such a Church Father Chrysostom.

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