Do you believe there has been a change in the persistence of antisemitism in the world? For millennia, the Jewish people have suffered from two large prejudices (among others). First, Jews have been...

Do you believe there has been a change in the persistence of antisemitism in the world?

For millennia, the Jewish people have suffered from two large prejudices (among others). First, Jews have been regarded as “Christ-killers” for their alleged role in the crucifixion of Jesus. Secondly, Jews have been hated for being “money lenders” who charge unfair interest rates (usurers). Even today, Jewish people are perceived as controlling the banking industry and Hollywood. Pope John Paul’s edict in 1985 did a lot to change Catholic perceptions of the Jewish people, reversing long standing church doctrine regarding Jews. Yet, beyond the Catholic church, prejudices such as those identified here and others persist. Is the reform of the Catholic church an anomaly or is it being emulated elsewhere in the world?

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I think that there is less anti-Semitism in the United States, but I do not think there is less in the world.  In some areas, I think there is more.  This is because the groups can spread the word so much more easily though the internet, and they can fund themselves more easily.

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Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1985 Revision

The message of the council's statement is clear. Recalling in moving terms the "spiritual bond that ties the people of the New Covenant to Abraham's stock," the Fathers of the council remind us of the special place Jews hold in the Christian perspective, for "now as before God holds them as most dear for the sake of the patriarchs; he has not withdrawn his gifts or calling." Jews, therefore, the Fathers caution, are not "to be presented as rejected or accursed by God, as if this followed from Holy Scripture." The Passion of Jesus, moreover, "cannot be attributed without distinction to...

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