Jesuit Newspaper Defends Anti-Semitism in Austria

La Civilta Cattolica, an official Jesuit publication founded by Pope Pius IX and published under the direct control of the papacy, runs an article by Father Ballerini in support of anti-Semitism in Austria.

According to Ballerini:

"In no part of the world have the Jews, in the roughly thirty years since they have been emancipated, risen to such power as they have in the Austro-Hungarian empire, which has practically become their own fiefdom.

In Vienna — up until recently, when the vigorous counterattack of the Christian Socials began — they occupied all the public offices, city government, the ministries, and dictated the law to the Court itself."

Acts separating church and government incensed Ballerini:

"Out of consideration for the offspring of that race, Christian prayers — not excluding the Pater noster— had to be abolished from the schools of that city.

Moreover, the images of the Crucified Christ had to be removed from the walls, for they might have offended the delicate sight of the children of his crucifiers."

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