Fr Hans Kung exhorts Catholics to reject the authority of Magisterium as a ‘duty’

Dissident Catholic priest Fr Hans Kung, who had his licence to teach Catholic theology removed due to his dissent, is exhorting lay Catholics to reject teachings of the Church  as a moral ‘duty’.

Fr Hans Kung takes his dissent to the next level of fomenting public schism in the Church in his new book, ‘Can the Church be saved?’ which will be published on the same day that Pope Benedict XVI’s new book, ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ vol. 2, is released, 10 March.

Deutsche Presse report on Fr Hans Kung’s press conference:

‘In the book, he argues that resistance to church doctrines that are ‘obviously against the Gospels’ is a duty. Kung said this included Catholic parishes insisting on keeping their priests after they marry, even if church law declares the man is no longer a priest. He said the church could only saved by the faithful taking over responsibility for their church.’

Fr Hans Kung goes on to claim to know that Jesus would not uphold many aspects of the Catholic Church’s teaching and discipline:

‘If Jesus of Nazareth returned, he would not prohibit contraceptives, he would not shut out divorced people, and so on’.

‘He charged that the curia, or Vatican bureaucracy, had come up with a long series of rulings over the centuries that opposed the teachings laid down in the Christian New Testament. He said Benedict XVI and his predecessor John Paul II had reinforced this.’

Protect the Pope comment: Enough is enough, even though Fr Hans Kung has had his licence to teach Catholic theology removed he remains a Catholic priest who celebrates the Mass and hears confession. The fact that he is able to celebrate the Eucharist, the sacrament of unity, while at the same time attempting to destroy the unity of the Church is just plain wrong.

It is incomprehensible that he remains a Catholic priest in good standing when he is publicly causing scandal by encouraging schism in the Church. Why does Fr Hans Kung appear to have ‘untouchable’ status?

It could be that the Holy See has come to the judgement that any action taken against Fr Kung would only serve to put him back into the media spot light, resulting in the wider dissemination of his dissent and giving him greater influence.

The problem is that with the Holy Father’s apostolic journey to Germany later in the year, the German and international media will be beating a path to the door of Kung as an ‘expert’ commentator anyway.  Most probably this is the reason for his latest publication, to be well placed to attack the Holy Father before and during the visit to Germany, spreading his poison against the Church and giving vent to his personal animus against Pope Benedict.

When the news cycle moves on after the German visit and the media have exhausted their interest in Fr Hans Kung, maybe then is the opportunity for the Holy See to re-visit the scandalous problem of a Catholic priest who is promoting schism in the Church.

30 comments to Fr Hans Kung exhorts Catholics to reject the authority of Magisterium as a ‘duty’

  • “On Being Christian ” was one of our books for my Divinity Degree in 1984! Thanks be to God I still have the Faith!

  • Karla

    Priests who dissent, who do not believe in the Churches teachings should be suspended or excommunicated.

    Same with pro abortion politicians, those who will not repent, should not receive communion.

  • spesalvi23

    The man is driven by envy, pride and desperation, because it’s clear that this will be his last shot at pushing his agenda. It must be quite frustrating to him to see that the majority of the young generation of Priests are actually keen on tradition and on loyalty to the magisterium.
    It’s rather obvious: the polyester generation has become irrelevant. Traditional Seminaries and Orders are booming – soft washed de-facto protestant ones are dying.

    We should pray for him – and I do believe the soft approach taken by the Vatican is attributed to the patience, personal goodness, generosity, forgiving nature and gentleness of his former colleague, who migt still see some goode in him.

    I do seriously doubt that Hans Küng has heard / been to confession for decades!

  • fr John McCallion

    I agree with the views of spesalvi23, that it is the gentle example of our Holy Father that shows God’s mercy towards this erring son; let us help towards Dr Kung’s conversion by our lenten sacrifices; since God is gentle and merciful.

    • Deacon Nick

      Fr John McCallion and Spe Salvi, but with respect we must not ignore the obvious fact that Fr Hans Kung is leading others astray, and putting their immortal souls in peril, through his defiant teaching of heresy. The Church has a responsibility to protect the flock from a wolf in sheep’s clothing. For decades the Church has shown gentle mercy to Fr Kung, to no avail, and now is time to protect the unity of believers from his dissent. Its time for tough love. I agree that we must earnestly pray for his conversion at the same time, but also hope that the Holy See will act as it judges best.

  • Tim

    My observations as an outsider is that the Church needs to make up its mind and decide if it is going to be narrow and pure or broad and inclusive.

    If the media give people like Fr Kung exposure it may be painting an inacurate pictur eof the church but ironically it will be painting a picture that most non-catholics will find easier to stomach.

    There are plenty of polls showing that many catholic worshipers are out of step with the official line, but an interesting wrinkle on the last years YouGov poll showed that as well as the expected result that older people were more conservative, it seems like the very young are also conservative. The most liberal group on most issues was the 25 to 39 age group but the over 60s and the 18 to 24 age groups were both relatively conservative. Of course the 18 to 24 age group is not large in many places so it remains to be seen if they will be much of a force in the future.

    • SpeSalvi23

      Below phrase is one of my favorites:

      When you’re not liberal at 20 – you have no heart.
      When you’re not conservative at 40 – you have no brain.
      At least that’s the case for my generation (born in the late 60ies / early 70ties).
      Hmm.. at least for the part of them who have settled down with children / secure job / house and garden… the whole works.

      Another reason of the ‘medium’ age liberalism is the fact that most European Universities are run be the *sorry for bringing it up so much, but it’s true* the leftist elite, who have been indoctrinating students for decades, and who have NO idea about down to earth problems and who detest the simple faith of the common man – or Christianity in general (surely they think Islam is great – because it’s so fantistic to be so open and understanding towards people of foreign cultures).

      Tim, the Church HAS made uo her mind!! It’s called the Magisterium and the Catechism!!
      Some people have a hard time accepting that for personal, ideological or whatever other reason.
      Surely there will be discussions, which each generation of Catholics will have to engange in, due to the human nature of seekingthe truth. For that reason, the Church can never be rigit or stand still, because it travels through history towards the event we’re all looking forward to: the coming of our Lord.
      It engages in in the daily struggle of faith and doubt and it’s full of sinenrs, but it will never change its core proclamations and truths.

      Unlike many protestant denominations (who already allow all those things Küng and his fraction demand) the Catholic Church is stable and growing.

      Hans Küng is a very peacock like person who has always been very keen on attention of any kind.
      I think his behavior as a Prieat is scandalous. He’s excessively vain and loves to create his own, little self staging events.
      It’s up to his Bishop to reign him in.

    • El Nino


      “the 18 to 24 age groups were both relatively conservative. Of course the 18 to 24 age group is not large in many places so it remains to be seen if they will be much of a force in the future.”

      They are the future, Tim.

      The truth is the conservatives have won the battle for the Roman Catholic Church.
      There is no point being a liberal Roman Catholic, you may as well leave the Church altogether. This means the laity and clergy is far more conservative than the hierarchy, bolstered, it must be said, by immigration into the UK from Catholic countries (Poland, notably).

      So, you have a lot of stranded liberals in the English hierarchy and in Catholic Universities, adhering to a wrong-headed view of Vatican II. Fr. Kung is one of those. Their view of Catholicism has no takers, liberals reject Catholicism altogether and conservatives think their ‘theology’ is a joke.

      On a personal note, I see the generation that is actually taught Catholicism in the parishes is more conservative than that (myself included) taught it in Catholic schools. I think it is a case of people not losing their faith, but they were never taught it in the first place.

  • Jeremia Methuselah

    It simply amazes me that this man professes to be a priest and is – apparently – still one in good standing. Also that that he is such a good [ublic friend of Pope Benedict, after many long years and that he says whatever he likes against the Faith he has clearly lost.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the hard-working priests of SSPX, FSSP, CTK and other orthodox, traditional Catholic priests battle on to keep the Faith pure against the likes of Herr Kung.

    When will it end ?


  • universal doctor

    And what precisely is the man trying to achieve…?
    Methinks this smacks of petty playground jealousy.
    This is a sad old man with a chip on his shoulder, labouring a point which is tired and out-dated.

    May he be awakened to his errors before it is too late and the judgement is upon him.

  • Fr Ó Buaidhe

    Is he hoping for “martyrdom”? Is he hoping to be excommunicated in order that his supporters might be finally persuaded to break communion with the Church?

    He is a scandal to the faithful, but a scandal that must be handled carefully or greater scandal may ensue.

    • Tim

      giving Fr Kung the sack or allowing him to split away from the church would be a “scandal”? I am not sure it would be seen that way outside the Church. He would be seen as a honest man following his own conscience and the remaining part of the church would be seen as sticking to its teachings. Which of those things is scandalous?

      • spesalvi23

        Nobody will disallow anybody to split form the Church!
        Küng will not be excommunicated – but not because it would cause scandal, but because the Holy Father is well aware of the implications of excommunication – it’s not simply a bureaucratic measure.

        If Father Küng would be honest with HIMSELF he would have ‘left’ the Church approx. 40 years ago.
        The problem is: once one turns officially protestant, protesting is not really so special anymore and nobody would give a **** if he was all over the news spouting his heretic views.
        Since everything he wants is already possible in thousands of protestant spin off groups – he could simply pick the one he agrees with most – wouldn’t be the Lutherans, because at least they still believe in the Divinity of Christ – unlike Mr. Küng – settle down in their midst, proclaim himself the leader of their group and be happy with it.

        That is the case with many critical ‘catholic# theologians (mostly of Mr. Küng’s age). As soon as they’d take the honest, logical step into the protestant church, they would lose their renegade status and nobody would pay attention to their ramblings anymore.

        It’s VERY easy to see who is acting in the most scandalous way!! But in a calcutated fashion – which multiplies the scandal even more!!!

        So much vanity… it’s sickening.

  • The same drivel over decades! Just wondering how he still manages to sell?

    His public influence has already waned, he is the typical voice of the 68er Generation. But we are now in 2011! The new generation just doesn’t care for him and his like minded “dissident” colleagues any more. So why are we here still discussing about him? He is a “theologian” who has written nothing really new during the past 30 years. While Joseph Ratzinger now Pope Benedict, his former colleague in Tübingen, has written two extraordinary books since his election as Pope, Pope Benedict is intellectually a giant, while Hans Kung can be only called a provocateur who has nothing original to say, a clown in the academic world…

    For Lent, it is much better to read the great book of Pope Benedict than caring about these marginal persons like Fr. Kung.

  • Andrzej

    I wonder how many people have lost their faith because of this preacher:

  • Has he got a book coming out?

    • Deacon Nick

      Yes, timed to coincide with the release of Pope Benedict’s new volume, Jesus of Nazareth that has a section on betrayers in the tradition of Judas

  • Robin Leslie

    Hans Kung has written some interesting books and is on the liberal margins of the Church on matters like priesthood, the Papacy, the Magisterium and authority in the Church. He had some relevance during Paul VI papacy and his appeal always lay with those purists who saw the early Church as the only possible paradigm for the Church’s development,all subsequent developments of the papal office and priesthood being a ‘corruption’ of this ideal. Raymond Brown on the other hand sees the Church developing historically through turbulent times and challenges so that later developments are meaningful and necessary in their contexts and situations.
    So Kung is proposing an abstract ‘democratic’ model for the Church
    which is clearly impractical in todays world of secularism, scientism and atheistic humanism. That is not to say that people
    and clergy should not always be strengthening the bonds of Koinonia
    and unity so that misunderstandings do not exist in the Church even though there may be differences of opinion on some issues.
    As far as betrayal is concerned, it is a phenomenon of the current age of opportunism, individualism, subjectivisation and the obsession with power. Democracies have become plutocracies, the exact opposite to which they aspire and we are now locked in a seemingly interminable crisis of Civilisation in the West. Hans Kung is not helping by proposing porous boundaries and internal mediation (Girard)in the Church offering a pluralistic market-led cafeteria religion to duped believers in the new serfdom.

  • Lionel

    Rubbish! “you are Peter and on this Rock I shall build my Chruch…” – “tu es Pierre et sur cette Pierre je bâtirai mon Église…” , is it not clear? is it?
    Fr Hans Kung is all wrong!
    We must all show our commitment to the Sovereign Pontiff and be grateful to him for all the efforts which he unfolds for the good of our beloved Church and of our soul. -
    Nous devons tous témoigner de notre attachement au Souverain Pontife et lui être reconnaissants de tous les efforts qu’il déploie pour le bien de notre chère Église et de notre âme.

  • Nancy D.

    If this rogue priest is considered a priest in good standing, it should be a sign to us that His Church is in serious trouble.

  • Joy C.L. , Vice President, Kerala Catholic Federation, Chettupuzhakaran, S. Thomas Road, Kuriachira, Thrissur 680006, Kerala, India

    I had been an admirer of Fr. Hans Kung right from my teen age, when I started thinking independently. Fr. Kung is a true christian and that is why he has dared to criticise the church heirarchy, which is the strongest autocratic form of goverment in the world. He might have undergone so many tortures for this. Now he has rightly exhorted the people of God to resist the church magisterium which are against Gospel. This is the true spirit of Christianity. :”Obey God rather than men”. Now the Keral Catholic Federation an association of the liaty in Kerala is facing opposition from the Thrissur Arch Diocese for criticising the church heirarchy and its ill doings including corruption in the institutions run by the church.The Bishop even issued a communication in the Diocesan bullettin threatening the faithful with dire consequences if anybody associated with the Federation. Let us pray God that let reason prevail in the church heirarchy.

  • Dr Graham D Mahony

    Dr Fr Hans Kung is a breath of fresh air in a Church that has failed to implement the vision of John XXIII for bringing the church into the 21st Century. I am a practicing Catholic for over 50 years, and Fr Kung has restored my faith in the vision not yet implemented. Last year I wrote to Benedict XVI to ask that John Paul II never be canonised because he took the Church back the Middle Ages and positively rejected implementation of Vatican II – he mishandled as the responsible leader of the Catholic Church issues relating to pedophilia, celibacy, women priests, rape of nuns by priests in Africa and the list goes on – a managing director of a company would have been sacked for gross negligence! Kung has cut through these issues and presented them as they should be presented – openly, honestly and fairly. His discussion of ‘Humane Vitae’ in his book ‘Infallible’ was useful and gave me an explanation, which accorded with my own experience, why so many have left a Church which is becoming daily more out of date and struggling to make any impact in the modern world – more’s the pity, because John XXIII laid the foundation for change. I predict that in my remaining lifetime the wide divide within the Church will become more visible and that those supporting the changes Kung has enunciated will carry the Church forward into the future, and those wanting the Church to remain in the Middle Ages will become irrelevant. Future ages will laud Kung for his forthrightness in pursuing truth, which many Catholics, like me, continually seek in good faith.

  • Fr. Hans Kung and his views represent Vatican II spirit.
    There are many like me who supports the views of Fr.Hans Kung among the Syro Malabar Catholics of Kerala .More so among priests and nuns than among the laity.I think even Cardinal George Alanchery , will be a secret admirer of Fr. Hans Kung to judge from his prnouncements in the secular democratic meets he addresses in Kerala.
    In 2007 I expressed the Hans Kung views -II Vatican -views to a Catholic gathering in Iowa, US . I said there is truth in every religion , Catholicism is only one of the byways leading to the city of God. I had drawn inspiration from Sree Narayana Guru of Kerala and Mahatma Gandhi . ( Those who have not heard of Sree Narayana Guru , can read my book GOSPEL OF SREE NARAYANA GURU , INdia ,Centaur Publishers, Kolenchery pin 682311,kerala, India )
    I n the informal fun meet by laity I was elected the Pope , with acclamations: You are the Pope we are waiting because of the Vatican II declarations.

    I am a Catholic who envision in the not distant future ,a Lady pope presiding over the Church , that has shifted its head quarters from Rome to a city in Africa or Asia ( Do not be offended by the mention of a Lady Pope. Read Genesis )
    It is high time that catechism in Catholicism becomes truly Catholic including in it teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Sree Narayana Guru , Confucious ………all teachings of spiritual leaders in history that prmotes love not hatred, tolerance not intolerance , nonvilolence not violence , peace not war , compassion not hatred , and so on

    hurrah to Fr. Hans Kung from India

  • Louis Farrakhan


    God be with the days we could burn these HERETICS at the stake!

    Oh, for the days when the popes had 3 crowns on their heads & DICTATED what people could or should do!

    What happened?

    Where has all the POWER gone?

    Now instead of writing Papal Bulls, all we get is BULLSHIT!

    Let us briefly see what the Popes have taught us through the centuries regarding that most cursed (Deuteronomy 27:1-26), deicidal people (Matthew 27:4-25), the Jews. They have the curse of Cain, to be outcasts; and they have the curse of Esau, to be slaves. They are to be enslaved in ghettos where their perfidious enmity against all men could be restrained.
    “And Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing, but that rather a tumult was made; taking water washed his hands before the people, saying: I am innocent of the blood of this just man; look you to it. Then cried all the people, and said, May his blood be on us, and on our children.”
    ` (Matthew 27)
    The Apostle Peter:
    “And when they had brought the apostles, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, saying, Did not we straitly command you that you should not teach in this name? And, behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered, and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. […] And we are witnesses of these things.”
    (Acts 5)
    Pope Clement I of Rome:
    “Wherefore there is not the least doubt concerning Christ; and all the unbelieving Jews are stirred up with boundless rage against us, fearing lest haply He against whom they have sinned should be He. And their fear grows all the greater, because they know that, as soon as they fixed Him on the cross, the whole world showed sympathy with Him; and that His body, although they guarded it with strict care, could nowhere be found; and that innumerable multitudes are attaching themselves to His Faith.”
    (Recognition’s of Clement LIII)
    Pope Clement VIII:
    “The Bible itself says that the Jews are an accursed people.”
    “And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and slew him. […] And he said to him: What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth to me from the earth. Now, therefore, cursed shalt thou be upon the earth, which hath opened her mouth and received the blood of thy brother at thy hand. When thou shalt till it, it shall not yield to thee its fruit: a fugitive and vagabond shalt thou be upon the earth.”
    (Genesis 4)
    Pope Innocent III:
    “The Lord made Cain a wanderer and a fugitive over the earth, but set a mark upon him, making his head to shake, lest anyone finding him should slay him. Thus the Jews, against whom the blood of Christ calls out, although they ought not to be wiped out, nevertheless, as wanderers they must remain upon the earth until their faces are filled with shame and they seek the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
    (Epistle to the Count of Nevers)
    Pope Sylvester I at the First Ecumenical Council of Nicea:
    “Concerning the prohibition of usury and base gain by the clergy; and concerning the prohibition against conversing or eating with the Jews. No priest shall set money out at interest or take unfair profit or be friendly or sociable with Jews; nor should anyone take food or drink with the Jews; for if this was decreed by the holy apostles, it is incumbent upon the faithful to obey their command; and the synod shall excommunicate any one who does not comply with this order.”
    Pope Eugene IV:
    “We decree and order that from now on, and for all time, Christians shall not eat or drink with the Jews, nor admit them to feasts, nor cohabit with them, nor bathe with them. […] They cannot live among Christians, but in a certain street, separated and segregated from Christians, and outside which they cannot under any pretext have houses.”
    Pope Alexander III:
    “Our ways of life and those of the Jews are utterly different, and Jews will easily pervert the souls of simple folk to their superstition and unbelief if such folk are living in continual and intimate intercourse with them.”
    (Ad Haec)
    “And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy womb; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder [Esau] shall serve the younger [Isaac].”
    (Genesis 25)
    “But he [Esau] who was of the bondwoman, was born according to the flesh: but he [Isaac] of the free woman, was by promise. Which things are said by an allegory. For these are the two testaments. The one from mount Sinai, engendering unto bondage; which is Hagar: For Sinai is a mountain in Arabia, which hath affinity to that Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.”
    (Galatians 4)
    Pope Innocent III:
    “The Jews, by their own guilt, are consigned to perpetual servitude because they crucified the Lord.”
    (To the Archbishops of Sens and Paris)
    Pope Innocent IV:
    “And that you [King Louis IX] order both the aforesaid abusive books [The Talmud] condemned by the same doctors and generally all the books with their glosses which were examined and condemned by them to be burned by fire wherever they can be found throughout your entire kingdom, strictly forbidding that Jews henceforth have Christian nurses or servants, that the sons of a free woman may not serve the sons of a bondwoman, but as slaves condemned by the Lord, whose death they wickedly plotted, they at least outwardly recognise themselves as slaves of those whom the death of Christ made free and themselves slaves. So we may commend the zeal of your sincerity in the Lord with due praises.”
    (The Wicked Perfidy of the Jews)
    Pope Martin I:
    “If anyone shall teach a slave, under pretext of piety, to despise his master and to run away from his service, and not to serve his own master with good-will and all honour, let him be anathema.”
    Pope Benedict XIV:
    “It is fitting for Jews to serve Christians, but not for Christians to serve Jews. On the contrary, the Jews, as slaves rejected by that Saviour Whose death they wickedly contrived, should recognise themselves in fact and in creed the slaves of those whom the death of Christ has set free, even as it has rendered them bondmen.”
    (Quoting Pope Innocent III, “Etsi Judaeos”)
    Pope Gregory IX:
    “They ought to know the yoke of perpetual enslavement because of their guilt. See to it that the perfidious Jews never in the future become insolent, but that they always suffer publicly the shame of their sin in servile fear.”
    (Epistle to the Hierarchy of Germany)
    Pope Alexander III at the Third Lateran Ecumenical Council:
    “We declare that the evidence of Christians is to be accepted against Jews in every case, since Jews employ their own witnesses against Christians – and that those who prefer Jews to Christians in this matter are to lie under anathema, since Jews ought to be slaves to Christians.”
    (Canon 26)
    “Judas Iscariot, which was the traitor.
    (Luke 6)
    And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders, the scribes and the whole sanhedrin. And they bound Jesus and led him away, and they betrayed [tradiderunt] him to Pilate.”
    (Mark 15)
    “The Jews who both killed the Lord JESUS, and the prophets, and have persecuted us, and please not God, and are enemies to all men. [...] To fill up their sins always: for the wrath of God is come upon them to the end.”
    (I Thessalonians 2)
    Pope Innocent III:
    “When Jews are admitted out of pity into familiar intercourse with Christians, they repay their hosts, according to the popular proverb, after the fashion of the rat hidden in the sack, or the snake in the bosom, or of the burning brand in one’s lap.”
    Pope Gregory IX:
    “Ungrateful for favours and forgetful of benefits, the Jews return insult for kindness and impious contempt for goodness.”
    (Epistle to the Hierarchy of Germany)
    Pope Stephen III:
    “With great sorrow and mortal anxiety, We have heard that the Jews have in a Christian land the same rights as Christians, that Christian men and women live under the same roof with these traitors and defile their souls day and night with blasphemies.”
    (Epistle to the Bishop of Norbonne)
    Pope Innocent IV:
    “The wicked perfidy of the Jews – from whose hearts Our Saviour did not remove the veil because of their enormous crimes but caused them justly to continue in their blindness, commit acts of shame which engender astonishment in those who hear, and terror in those who discover it.”
    (The Wicked Perfidy of the Jews)
    Pope Gregory the Great:
    “Furthermore, I must tell you that I have been led to praise God the more for your work by what I have learnt from the report of my most beloved son Probinus the presbyter; namely that, your Excellency having issued a certain ordinance against the perfidy of the Jews, those to whom it related attempted to bend the rectitude of your mind by offering a sum of money; which your Excellency scorned, and, seeking to satisfy the judgement of Almighty God, preferred innocence to gold.”
    (Epistle to Rechared, King of the Visigoths)
    Pope Gregory VII:
    “We exhort your Royal Majesty [King Alfonse VI of Castile], not to further tolerate, that the Jews rule Christians and have power over them. For to allow that Christians are subordinated to Jews and are delivered to their whims, means to oppress the Church of God, means to revile Christ himself.”
    (Regesta IX. 2)
    Pope Innocent III at the Fourth Ecumenical Lateran Council:
    “They shall not appear in public at all on the days of lamentation and on passion Sunday; because some of them on such days, as we have heard, do not blush to parade in very ornate dress and are not afraid to mock Christians who are presenting a memorial of the most sacred passion and are displaying signs of grief. What we most strictly forbid however, is that they dare in any way to break out in derision of the Redeemer.”
    Pope Gregory IX:
    “We order all our brother bishops absolutely to suppress the blasphemy of Jews in your dioceses, churches, and communities, so that they do not dare raise their necks, bent under eternal slavery, to revile the Redeemer.”
    Pope Innocent III at the Fourth Ecumenical Lateran Council:
    “We therefore renew in this canon, on account of the boldness of the offenders, what the Council of Toledo providently decreed in this matter: we forbid Jews to be appointed to public offices, since under cover of them they are very hostile to Christians.”
    Pope Gregory I:
    “It has come to my ears that certain men of perverse spirit have sown among you some things that are wrong and opposed to the holy faith, so as to forbid any work being done on the Sabbath day. What else can I call these but preachers of Antichrist, who, when he comes, will cause the Sabbath day as well as the Lord’s day to be kept free from all work. For, because he pretends to die and rise again, he wishes the Lord’s day to be had in reverence; and, because he compels the people to judaize that he may bring back the outward rite of the law, and subject the perfidy of the Jews to himself, he wishes the Sabbath to be observed.”
    (Epistles, Book XIII: 1)
    ” And the Lord set a mark upon Cain.”
    (Genesis 4)
    Pope Martin V:
    “However, we received a short time ago through credible reports knowledge to our great alarm, that various Jews of both sexes in Cafas and other cities, lands and places overseas, which fall under the jurisdiction of Christians, are of obstinate mind and, in order to conceal swindling and wickedness, wear no special sign on their clothing, so that they are not recognisable as Jews. They are not ashamed to give themselves out as Christians before many Christians of both sexes of these cities, districts and places mentioned, who could not in fact identify them, and consequently commit shameful things and crimes.”
    (Sedes Apostolica)
    Pope Eugene IV:
    “We decree and order that from now on, and for all time […] All and every single Jew, of whatever sex and age, must everywhere wear the distinctive dress and known marks by which they can be evidently distinguished from Christians.”
    Pope Pius V:
    “In order to make an end of all doubt concerning the colour of the cap and the sign of the women, we declare that the colour must be yellow.”
    (Romanus Pontifex)
    “Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, and said to them: What will you give me, and I will betray him unto you? And they appointed him thirty pieces of silver. And from thenceforth he sought opportunity to betray him.”
    (Matthew 26)
    Pope Pius V:
    “Besides usury, through which Jews everywhere have sucked dry the property of impoverished Christians, they are accomplices of thieves and robbers.”
    (Hebraeorum Gens)
    Pope Benedict XIV:
    “Furthermore, by means of their particular practice of commerce, they amass a great store of money and then by an exorbitant rate of interest utterly destroy the wealth and inheritance of Christians.”
    (A Quo Primum)
    Pope Clement VIII:
    “All the world suffers from the usury of the Jews, their monopolies and deceit. They have brought many unfortunate people into a state of poverty, especially the farmers, working class people and the very poor. […] Their ethical and moral doctrines as well as their deeds rightly deserve to be exposed to criticism in whatever country they happen to live.”
    Pope Innocent III at the Fourth Ecumenical Lateran Council:
    “The more the Christian religion is restrained from usurious practices, so much the more does the perfidy of the Jews grow in these matters, so that within a short time they are exhausting the resources of the Christians. Wishing therefore to see that Christians are not savagely oppressed by Jews in this matter, we ordain by this synodal decree that if Jews in the future, on any pretext, extort oppressive and excessive interest from Christians, then they are to be removed from contact with Christians until they have made adequate satisfaction for the immoderate burden. Christians too, if need be, shall be compelled by ecclesiastical censure, without the possibility of an appeal, to abstain from commerce with them. We enjoin upon princes, not to be hostile to Christians on this account, but rather to be zealous in restraining Jews from so great oppression.”
    “A fugitive and vagabond shalt thou be upon the earth.”
    (Genesis 4)
    Pope Pius V:
    “With full understanding and in exercising of the apostolic powers, we withdraw from the Jews and their rule (and recognise no right or claim) all properties, which the Jews have in their possession in this city Rome or other places of our domain of rule.”
    (Cum Nos Super)
    Pope Paul IV:
    “It is too absurd and pointless that the Jews, whom their own guilt condemns to slavery, under the pretence that Christian piety suffers and tolerates their coexistence, pay back [with wickedness] the mercy received from Christians.”
    (Cum Nimis Absurdum)
    Pope Leo VII:
    “Let the Gospel be preached unto them and, if they remain obstinate, let them be expelled.”
    Pope Adrian I at the Second Ecumenical Council of Nicea:
    “Since certain, erring in the superstitions of the Hebrews, have thought to mock at Christ our God, and feigning to be converted to the religion of Christ do deny him, and in private and secretly keep the Sabbath and observe other Jewish customs, we decree that such persons be not received to communion, nor to prayers, nor into the Church; but let them be openly Hebrew according to their religion, and let them not bring their children to baptism, nor purchase or possess a slave.”
    Pope Innocent IV:
    “We who long with all our hearts for the salvation of souls, grant you full authority by these present letters to banish the Jews, either in your own person or through the agency of others, especially since, as we have been informed, they do not abide by the regulations drawn up for them by this Holy See.”
    (To the King of France)
    Pope Pius V:
    “The Jewish people fell from the heights because of their faithlessness and condemned their Redeemer to a shameful death. Their godlessness has assumed such forms that, for the salvation of our own people, it becomes necessary to prevent their disease. Besides usury, through which Jews everywhere have sucked dry the property of impoverished Christians, they are accomplices of thieves and robbers; and the most damaging aspect of the matter is that they allure the unsuspecting through magical incantations, superstition, and witchcraft to the Synagogue of Satan and boast of being able to predict the future. We have carefully investigated how this revolting sect abuses the name of Christ and how harmful they are to those whose life is threatened by their deceit. On account of these and other serious matters, and because of the gravity of their crimes which increase day to day more and more, We order that, within 90 days, all Jews in our entire earthly realm of justice – in all towns, districts, and places – must depart these regions. After this time limit shall all at the present or in the future, who dwell or wander into that city or other already mentioned, be affected, their property confiscated and handed over to the Siscus, and they shall becomes slaves of the Roman Church, live in perpetual servitude and the Roman Church shall have the same rights over them as the remaining [worldly] lords over slaves and property.”
    (Hebraeorum Gens)
    The Jews are to be banished from Christian lands and they are to be held as slaves to the Christians, gathered into ghettos elsewhere where they can do no harm through their perfidy.

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  • My question to Deacon Nick and to those of present, past and future generations is as follows. Did God not also create the Jews in His own Image and Likeness out of Love? “If one believe that God created all beings and the Universe then it must stand to reason that the Jewish people who are human beings are also created by the same God who created us all.” Are we who profess ourselves to live the life of Christ not also bound to love the Jewish people as well? How then can one profess to love the Christ within ourselves and hate the Christ in others and our Jewish brothers and sisters?

    The same Christ lives, moves and has His Being in us as He has in all His creatures and in His creation as well as the Jewish people I might add. What were Jesus’s last words from the Cross? “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” That request of Christ begging His Father to forgive “Them” refers of all of us. Not just the people who physically put Him to death at a certain historical moment but all of generations, past, present and to come. Wake up little children and try to really understand the message of Christ. “God makes His rain to fall, His sun to shine on the bad as well as the good.” God can only be experienced in his Love and our Love for Him through our love and compassion not only for ourselves but also for our fellow man/women and the Jews, the Arabs and all of mankind and all of God’s creation. Go forth my brothers and my children and be as nothing so the God can fill us up with Himself through Jesus Christ his Son and the Holy Spirit. Learn compassion and lets give our compassion freely to our fellow brothers and sisters who are the living body of Christ be they Jews, Arabs, Buddhas, Christians or what ever their religious persuasion is and even to those who know not still know that they are loved by a supernatural being. My peace I leave you, my peace I give you as the Father gives me I give to you. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

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