Pope Nicholas V's Bull Declares Jewish Converts be Treated Like Those Born Christians Hot

Pope Nicholas V's Bull Declares Jewish Converts be Treated Like Those Born Christians

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Pope Nicholas V issues the bull Humani generis inimicus in which he declares that Jewish converts to Christianity should not be treated any differently from those who are born into Christianity.

According to the pope:

"Between those newly converted to the faith, particularly from the Israelite people, and Old Christians there should be no distinction in honors, dignities and offices, whether ecclesiastical or secular."

Pope Paul IV will reverse this in 1555 and give his approval to the "Limpieza de Sangre," or "purity of blood" laws in Spain.

Jews will from that point on be defined in racial rather than religious terms. The Jesuits will eagerly adopt this perspective, banning the admission of Jewish converts to the Jesuit order, calculating a man's ancestry back five generations.

This rule would only be dropped in 1946 in the wake of the Holocaust.

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