Pope Pius XI: Anti-Semitism is Indefensible Hot

Pope Pius XI: Anti-Semitism is Indefensible

Pope Pius XI, 1922

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Pope Pius XI, meeting with a group of Belgian pilgrims, categorically rejects any legitimacy to anti-Semitism.

According to the pope:

"We recognize that everyone has the right to self-defense and may take the necessary means for protecting legitimate interests. But anti-Semitism is inadmissible. Spiritually, we are all Semites."

The claimed need for "self-defense" of "legitimate interests" is a regular theme of vicious anti-Semitic material published in Catholic and non-Catholic press throughout the late 19th century. In almost every case, Jews are described as a threat which Christians must resist — violently, if need be.

These comments suggest that Pius XI is making some progress away from all that. Unfortunately, this is the last time he speaks publicly in such a manner.

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