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Part Five Of “The Catholic View of Judaism” Series

Saint John of Capistrano was born in 1385 in Italy and became a Catholic priest and scholar.

From 1451 to 1453, he traveled throughout Europe preaching against Judaism and usury (money lending). His powerful speeches convinced many Catholics to expel Jews from their communities.

These facts are documented in a book published by The Pontifical Institute of Medeival Studies:

Schlomo Simonsohn, The Apostolic See and the Jews. (Toronto, The Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1991), 219-220

This source can be viewed for free on Google Books:


In 1456, he led a successful Crusade against the Ottoman Empire (he was 70 years old at the time). After he died later that year of the bubonic plague, he became known as the “Soldier Saint”.

This article is part five of “The Catholic View of Judaism” series:

Introduction: Jett & Jahn Media Presents “The Catholic View of Judaism
Saint Hippolytus & “The Expository Treatise Against Jews”
Origen Adamantius & “Contra Celsus
Saint John Chrysostom & “The Eight Homilies Against Jews”
Saint Thomas Aquinas & The Letter On Treatment of Jews
Saint John Capistrano & His Crusade Against Judaism
King Charlemagne & “Capitulary for the Jews”
Saint Gregory I & Papal Policy Toward Judaism
Pope Innocent III & Etsi non Displaceat (Though I Should Not)
Pope Honorius III & Generali Concilio (General Council)
Pope Gregory IX & Sufficere Debueret Perfidio (The Faithless Should Have Sufficient Work)
Pope Innocent IV & Impia Judeorum Perfidia (The Disrespectful, Deceitful Jews)
Pope Eugene IV & Dundum ad Nostram Audientiam (To Our Hearing)
Pope Nicholas V & Super Gregem Dominicum (Upon The Flock Of The Lord)
Pope Calixtus III & Si ad Reprimendos (If He Is Preventing…)
Pope Sixtus IV & Numquam Dubitavimus (He Never Hesitated To…)
Pope Paul IV & Cum Nimis Absurdum (Since It Is Absurd…)
Pope Pius V & Cum nos Nuper (When We Recently…)
Pope Gregory XIII & Sancta Mater Ecclesiae (Holy Mother Of The Church)
Pope Clement VIII & Cum Sapae Accidere (When The Wine Was Boiled…)
Pope Benedict XIV & Beatus Andreas (Blessed Andrew)
Conclusion: Modern Catholics & Judaism

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