The French Catholic newspaper La Croix publishes an article by Father Francois Picard, head of the Assumptionist order behind the journal, declaring that Jewish bankers and that they are behind all of Europe’s problems. (post from Skepticism.org)
“To whom do the treasuries of Prussia, of Austria, of the German provinces belong? To the Jewish bankers of Frankfurt, Vienna, and Berlin.”
The increasing influence of synagogues cause the
“financial disasters that befall so many families …showing us the all-powerful Jew atop his golden throne and modern societies under the yoke of this gutless king. What do the collapse of nations, the destruction of families, people’s desperation, and the raft of suicides matter to him? The Jew …seeks financial monopoly. He stops at nothing to obtain it.”
The claim that Jews own everything, and furthermore that they acquired their possessions through fraud and deception, is a popular one among anti-Semites. It will often be used as an excuse to take property away from Jews – after all, since they essentially stole it from Christians originally, it’s simply a form of self-defense for Christians to take it all back.
Father Francois Picard goes on to say:
“The Jew is everywhere a Jew and nothing but a Jew.”
Traditional Catholic anti-Semitism is supposed to be entirely religious in nature, not racial. Catholic apologists, trying to defend Catholic Christianity against charges that it helped paved the way for the Holocaust, typically argue that their traditional anti-Semitism is completely different from the racial anti-Semitism of the Nazis.
Here, however, we find in a Catholic publication a clear description of Jews along racial lines. Although there is a technical distinction between religious and racial anti-Semitism, this is not a distinction which is typically maintained in the real world.
Prayer: Father, forgive the lies, prejudice and discrimination so often practiced against the Jewish people, especially by those calling themselves followers of the Jewish Messiah. Forgive all of us who allow our prejudices to dehumanise the other, as we are all created in your image, and should show our love for you by loving our neighbour as ourselves. In Yeshua’s name we pray. Amen
F. Picard, “Les Juifs,” La Croix, v. 2, n. 22 (fevier 1882), pp. 723-726.
Review of “La Croix et les Juifs” by F. Delphech – Pierre Sorlin. « La Croix » et les Juifs (1880-1899), contribution à l’histoire de l’antisémitisme contemporain
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Thanks for this Interesting and informative post. Significantly, one can also point to other examples of hostility towards Jews (and Freemasons) in “La Croix” in subsequent years during the 1880s and 1890s. For example, La Croix claimed in 1886 that Drumont’s “La France Juive” and Taxil’s “Frères trois points” had “‘laid bare the two social evils which grow like gangrene in France,’ two social evils, ‘so united up to this time.’” Furthermore, according to La Croix, the Declaration of the Rights of Man was the work of “Jewish Freemasonry,” and was intended to give “land, influence, government, and press” to “the enemy.” In 1897, La Croix claimed (without the slightest evidence) that a Dreyfusard Syndicate “disposes of not less than 2 million francs, for the purpose of paying secret agents.” The Dreyfusard syndicate, the paper suggested, was behind an “antipatriotic campaign,” which “in order to save the honour of a Dreyfus, puts in peril the security of the country and threatens the honour of our whole army.” Other examples can be found in Norman James Clary’s PhD thesis on “French Antisemitism During the Years of Drumont and Dreyfus 1886-1906”. (La Croix, 19 May 1886, 1; ‘Juifs’, La Croix, 12 August 1890, 1; ‘L’Affaire Dreyfus’, La Croix, 18 November 1897, 2 and ‘L’Affaire Dreyfus’, La Croix, 24 November 1897, 4, originally cited and translated by Norman James Clary, “French Antisemitism During the Years of Drumont and Dreyfus 1886-1906,” PhD thesis, Ohio State University, 1970, pp. 177-178, 215).
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