Pope Clement VIII Confirms Creation of Jewish Ghettoes

Pope Clement VIII Confirms Creation of Jewish Ghettoes

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Pope Clement VIII issues the papal bull Caeca et obdurata, confirming an earlier bull of Pope Paul III which established the Jewish ghetto in Rome and banned Jews from living outside the ghetto.

Forcing Jews to live in ghettos is one of the most important anti-Jewish measures created by the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. Jews are placed in ghettos in order to prevent them from interacting on a normal, human basis with Christians.

A Jewish presence among Christians is abhorred and Jews themselves are treated like carriers of a pestilence who must be quarantined lest they infect healthy people.

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