29 September 1843 Pope Gregory XVI Orders Inquiry on Jews Employing Christians in the Ghetto #otdimjh


On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

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Pope Gregory XVI orders an inquiry into reports that Jews are employing Christians in certain ghettos. The Holy Office finds that papal edicts on the matter are being ignored and offers a “compromise” of “tolerance” [article by Austin Cline].

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Jews were permitted to employ Christian women, but only women who are over 40 and married. They are still forbidden from employing anyone to light fires for them on the Sabbath, however, and local officials are forbidden from telling anyone that this measure of “tolerance” is coming from the Vatican itself.

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Jews have traditionally not been permitted to employ Christians because, according to the Catholic Church, if Jews employ Christians, this sends the message that Jews can have a higher social status than Christians. This suggests that Jews are equal to Christians, which in turn suggests that Judaism is equal to Christianity.

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Although restrictions are being eased, the new…

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