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Part Four Of “The Catholic View of Judaism” Series

Saint Thomas Aquinas was born in 1225 in Roccasecca, Italy and became a Catholic priest and scholar.  He is recognized as a Doctor of the Church for his contributions to Catholic theology.

From 1265-1272, he wrote “Summa Theologica” to summarize and explain the teachings of the Catholic Church.

In 1271, Countess Margaret of Flanders wrote him a letter and requested political advice. She wanted to know the Catholic view of the Jewish people.

In response, Saint Thomas Aquinas wrote :

Jews by reason of their fault are sentenced to perpetual servitude” for killing Jesus.

He also claimed “Jews may not keep those things which they have extorted from others through usury”. He added “the Jew should be punished with a greater fine than anyone else in a similar case.”

Later in the letter, he wrote “Jews of each sex in all Christian provinces, and all the time, should be distinguished from other people by some clothing.”

(In other words, Saint Thomas Aquinas supported forcing Jews to wear badges… Sound familiar?)

The entire source is posted on the Catholic website, Thomistica.net.

(http://thomistica.net/letter-to-margaret-of-flanders/)

After Saint Thomas Aquinas died in 1274, he was given the Latin name Doctor Angelicus (the Angelic Doctor) and is widely considered the greatest philosopher and theologian of the Catholic Church.

This article is part four 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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