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Don't you know that the Jews of today aren't responsible for the death of Jesus???

Answer to Question #2

You say that you do not hold the Jews of today responsible for the death
of Our Lord, but Holy Church does. Remember that it was the Jews
themselves who took collective guilt upon themselves for crucifying Our
Lord. They cried out to Pilate, "Let his blood be upon us and upon our
children." As such, the Jews of today bear the same reproach as did the
ones physically present 2000 years ago.

"Ungrateful for favors and forgetful of benefits, the Jews return insult
for kindness and impious contempt for goodness. They ought to know the
yoke of perpetual enslavement because of their guilt. See to it that the
perfidious Jews NEVER in the future grow insolent, but that they ALWAYS
suffer publically the shame of THEIR sin in servile fear."
(Pope Gregory IX, Epistle to the Heirarchy in Germany,1233 A.D.)

"Crucifiers of Christ ought to be held in continual subjection."
(Pope Innocent III, Epistle to the Heirarchy of France, July 15, 1205)

"It would be licit, according to custom, to hold the Jews in perpetual
servitude because of THEIR crime."

(St. Thomas Aquinas, De Regimine Judaeorum)

"Jews are beheld scattered throughout the whole world: they have been
punished for no other reason than for the impious hands THEY laid on Christ."

(St. Sulpicius Severus, On Chronicles, Book II)

"Judas is the image of the Jewish people…THEY bear the guilt for the
death of the Saviour, for through their fathers THEY have killed Christ."

(St. Augustine)

"Jews are the slayers of the Lord, murderers of the prophets, enemies
and haters of God, adversaries of grace, enemies of their fathers’
faith, advocates of the devil, a brood of vipers, slanderers, scoffers,
men of darkened minds, the leaven of Pharisees, a congregation of
demons, sinners, wicked men, haters of goodness."

(St. Gregory of Nyssa,Oratio in Christi resurrectionem)

"Poor Jews! You invoked a dreadful curse upon your own heads in saying:
‘His blood be on us and our children’; and that curse, miserable race,
you carry upon you TO THIS DAY, and to the end of time you shall endure
the chastisement of that innocent blood. O my Jesus!.. I will not be
obstinate like the Jews. I will love thee forever, forever, forever!"

(St. Alphonsus Maria Liguouri, The Passion and death of Jesus Christ.)

"If someone should kill the beloved son of a man, and then stretch forth
their hands still stained with blood to the afflicted father, asking for
fellowship, would not the blood of his son, visible on the hand of the
murderer, provoke him to just anger instead? And such are the prayers of
the Jews, for when they stretch forth their hands in prayer, they only
remind God-the-Father of their sin against His Son. And at every
stretching-forth of their hands, they only make it obvious that they are
stained with the blood of Christ. For they who persevere in their
blindness INHERIT the blood-guilt of the fathers; for they cried out:
‘His blood be upon us, and upon our children.’(Matthew 27:25).

(St Basil the Great, On Prayer, Sermon 9.)

In conclusion, we believe and teach that it was the Jews who murdered Our Lord Jesus Christ,
and that their descendants, who call themselves Jews today, can never be absolved from
the crime of deicide until they convert and are cleansed in the waters of sacramental baptism.
An active Jewish proselytism and strong Judaizing tendencies among Christians alarmed the Church Fathers. To the Holy Roman Catholic Church all forms of Judaizing are heresies!

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