Most Christians today take it for granted that the Jews of today are not, and the Jews of antiquity were not, responsible for the murder of Jesus two millennia ago. Yet, based on this baseless charge, millions of Jews over the centuries have been murdered, and many more persecuted. It is no small thing that the Catholic Church cleaned up its theological and historical act 50 years ago by rescinding the baseless charge of deicide. Alas, it took the unspeakably cruel and the unimaginably vast mass murder of the Jews in the Holocaust to get the Catholic Church to act.
But act it did, primarily under the influence of the humane Pope John XXIII, though he did not live to see the theological reform, Nostra Aetate, to its conclusion.
Protestant churches could well follow in Catholicism’s wake, ridding themselves of their own historical, anti-Semitic falsifications of Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians.
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