St. Jerome believed that “If you call [the synagogue] a brothel, a den of vice,refuge, satan’s fortress, a place to deprave the soul, an abyss of every conceivable disastelse you will, you are still saying less than it deserves.”
St. Augustine held that the JewsCains than Judases.
The Jews were to suffer death in life.
St. John Chrysostom believedwere not ordinary members of the human race but congenitally evil people who “dancedThe synagogue was for him “the Devil’s house,” as were “the souls of the Jews.”
Just aspull the plow are slaughtered, so Jews “grew fit for slaughter.
The Church Fathers provided a consecrated attack-language that political leaders frRoman emperors to National-Socialists used to attack Jews, Judaism, and Jewishness. TheJewish language into public law. For the Christianized Roman Empire, Jews were “sacrilegi“polluted with the Jewish disease,” “contaminated with Jewish sacraments,” a “plague thwidely,” “the abominable and vile,” “enemies of the law,” “monstrous heretics,” “the wor“blindly senseless.” Judaism was “a deadly and sacriligious sect,” “a brothel,” “an alien aperversity,” “the mark of Jewish filth,” “an abominable sect and rite,” “frightful and hideoIn the Middle Ages, Jews were stateless beings who had no legitimate place in the sChristiana, the mystical corpus Christi of the Church. Their status, their very lives, depenkindness of the Church or Christianized secular authorities. The fundamental Jewish policwas to degrade Jews and alienate them from Christian society.
Many Christians, influencChurch’s overt hostility to Jews as “negators and malefactors,” vilified Jews and murderednumbers.
Several medieval theologians and popes
stated that the Jews were, or should be,to Christians.
St. Thomas Aquinas wrote that "Jews, in consequence of their sins, are orperpetual slavery,” and as a result the princes can treat Jewish property as their own.