Crimes against humanity The Roman Catholic Church conceived anti-semitism for its own theologically confused purposes some eighteen hundred years ago and has fostered this concept ever since.  The consequence has been the inestimable suffering, misery, social ostracism, prejudice and death of Jews throughout the world, culminating in the Holocaust (Shoah), in which the Church was complicit in the planning and execution thereof. The level of suffering and death perpetrated upon the Jews of the world over nearly two millenia as a direct consequence of the preachings and dictums of the Roman Catholic Church is unparalleled in the history of mankind. Why, therefore, has the Vatican State never been taken before the International Court of Justice to answer charges of crimes against humanity over the prolonged period of nearly two thousand years?   (h) Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender as defined in paragraph 3, or other grounds that are universally recognized as impermissible under international law, in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph or any crime within the jurisdiction of the Court;  

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The Catholic Church is not the only group responsible for anti-Jewish movements.  Although the Catholic Church should not be excused for the crimes against Jews that it has committed, there are other factors involved in creating the Holocaust.

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It is very difficult to claim that the Holocaust, for example, came from harms caused by the Catholic Church.  It is difficult to go back and try to parse out exactly how much of the harm done to Jews over the years has been done because of the Catholic Church.  How would you differentiate between the harm done by Catholicism and that done by Protestant sects, which were around in Germany for nearly 400 years up to the time of the Holocaust?

The idea that the Catholic Church is somehow responsible for all the harm done to Jews is excessively simplistic.

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