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The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    Well thought-out, researched, and delivered

    This book is neither necessary nor unwanted- it delivers its promise of letting the sunshine on the dark patches of Vatican decisions that contributed to anti-Semitism. Yes, this book may stir quite a number of readers to the two different ends of a spectrum of adoration and disgust, but if carefully read, the material presented is only showing past mistakes. The Catholic Church is not on trial, as some 'reviewers' of this novel have suggested, but it promotes a communication between Jews and Catholics today. Not a soul can say that any religion is undoubtedly clean in its representatives' decisions, be they the rabbis', popes', or what have you, and this book takes the first step towards acceptance of that fact. I strongly recommend this book to anyone with an open mind- which, obviously, is not for that reviewer under the name of 'Greg Bader '- and I quote his words: 'At a time when the two faiths should be united against militant, fanatical Islam,' -that is the kind of discriminatory thinking that causes the friction between religions today, and your words encourage me to pray for you and the weakness of your mind.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2002

    Disgusting Prejudice

    How long is this kind of anti-Catholic paranoia going to be tolerated? As Arthur Schlesinger said,'Anti-Catholicism is the anti-Semitism of the intellectuals.' At a time when the two faiths should be united against militant,fanatical Islam, we find this hate-filled tome rehashing the same, tired accusations against the Roman Catholic Church. It is as if the author were going out of his way to offend Catholics. Well, he offended me. Such hate-filled half-truths shouldn't see the light of day. If his goal were to create more enmity between the faiths at a crucial time, he succeeded. How about a look toward reconciliation, rather than stirring up old, outdated animosities?

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    An offense to Catholicism and historical truth

    This book continues the long tradition of relentless anti-Catholic prejudice by both Protestants and many Jews. It carefully gathers data that only supports the author's thesis and ignores the vast amount of information gathered by Catholics and Jews that show the Church's efforts to help Jews. At the time of this posting there was an incident in Israel where a monastery had "Jesus is a monkey" in Hebrew on one of the walls. Where is the outrage? The reality is that it is OK to condemn and insult the Catholic Church. This book is without worth and certainly devoid of any honest conclusions.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    In the words of Christ

    You are of your father the Devil, and his works you seek to do. He is a liar and murderer from the beginning. When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

    Since long before Christ's reforms, Judaism has been a force for evil in opposition to all humanity. Most modern Jews are ashkenazim, they have no claim to Abraham as their father, they are not Semitic (like Arabs and Sephardi Jews who have lived in peace together in Palestine for centuries). They are, simply put, the Synagogue of Satan. Truth is hard to take for those who live to deceive.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2002

    Vatican's archives..the truth revealed.

    In "The Popes Against The Jews", Kertzer meticulously documents how the Vatican and the European Catholic Church created a fertile ground for the genocidal policies of Nazi Germany. In precise and penetrating studies of recently revealed, previously sealed, archives of the Catholic Church, Kertzer shows that the innate vilification, condemnation and de-humanisation of the Jews by the Catholic Church did nothing but endorse the racial anti-Semitism of the Nazi regime and that it is ludicrous to suggest that such a policy could have had any other consequence than to assist in the extermination of the Jewish people. These anti-Jewish sentiments are shown to have existed at the highest levels within the Catholic Church. Kertzer also reveals how the ancient `Blood Libel', the evil, abhorrent, ancient myth of Jews using the blood of Christian children to make Matzos at Passover, was widespread within the Vatican. (A myth still propagated in areas of the Mid-East to this day.) This study shows how the Vatican's recent official statement absolving itself of any involvement is preposterous in face of the vast amount of evidence available. Evidence that the Vatican, in sitting in judgement upon itself, chose to overlook. What is especially disturbing is that the book describes a human institution consisting of Popes, Cardinals, Bishops, Inquisitors, Monks and Parish Priests, that in following the aforementioned principles actually believed & were convinced that they were doing God's work. Commendably, Kertzer also mentions the many figures who struggled in vain to change the Vatican's policy against the Jews. The author shows that even if, as the Vatican claims, they never approved the extermination of the Jews or indeed opposed it, their teachings and actions helped make it possible. This book needs to be read by Christian and Jew alike and faces issues that must be addressed head-on by the Vatican and the Christian Church as a whole if Catholic-Jewish relations are ever to be fully normalized. Well written & highly recommended.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    The distinct sense of a lack of "an agenda" by the wri

    The distinct sense of a lack of "an agenda" by the writer and the impressive scholarship of the book -- based in large part on the revealed findings of Inquisition records -- certainly make this a most valuable piece of literature ...I am so grateful for its publication.. It is, I believe, a "must read" for the passionate seeker of church history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    Excellent book.

    This is a superb book. Sometimes truth is hard to take; I think this book will raise awareness for a better future.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2001

    BRAVO

    I have been an advocate for the Catholic church for years, but after reading and researching the claims in this book, I have changed my mind. Next to the bible, this book is one of the truest ever written!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2001

    Vatican's Response to Accusations is Necessary

    If the evidence in this book were not presented in such an authoritative and factual manner, the accusations concerning the role of the Catholic Church in promoting anti-semitism over the centuries would be unbelievable. In any case, the church needs to explain, refute, justify or possibly admit to this travesty and indicate responsibility or its efforts to correct this injustice.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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