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Part Twenty Of “The Catholic View of Judaism” Series

Vatican Monument to Pope Benedict XIV

Pope Benedict XIV was born in 1675 in Bologna, Italy. He became a Catholic priest and scholar and was elected as Pope in 1740.

The next year, Pope Benedict XIV wrote Beatus Andreas (Blessed Andrew).

The Papal bull (law) declared that Jews carried out the ritual murder and blood sacrifice of Catholic children.

More specifically, he wrote the document in response to the death of Andreas of Rinn (German: Anderl Oxner von Rinn). He was a three-year old boy killed by Jews in the village of Rinn, Austria back in 1462.

Jews Killing Children For Blood Sacrifice

Pope Benedict XIV claimed Jews commit these murders “out of hatred of Christ” and “out of hatred for the Christian faith”.

He also mentions what happens “when a case of this kind occurs, as it appears common with respect to a child who has been killed in Holy Week by Jews out of contempt toward Christ. The murders of the Blessed Simon and Blessed Andreas in particular are such, but so too are the murders of many which are listed by the authors. “.

The entire source is posted on the Catholic website,


These facts are documented in a book written by Michael C. Thomsett:

Michael C. Thomsett, The Inquisition: A History. (North Catholina, McFarland & Company, 2010), 118.

This source can be viewed for free on Google Books:

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Later in 1755, Pope Benedict XIV officially canonized Andreas of Rinn and he became a saint.

The spot where the murder occurred was known as Judenstein bei Rinn (The Jewish Rock At Rinn). It became a place of pilgrimage for devout Catholics around Europe.

The story was spread throughout Europe using theatrical stage performances.

In 1816, the Brothers Grimm published their version of the story in a book of German folklore.

This article is part twenty 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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