Pope Pius IX Insists Grand Duke of Tuscany Revoke Jews' Right to Live Outside Ghettos

Pope Pius IX Insists Grand Duke of Tuscany Revoke Jews' Right to Live Outside Ghettos

Pope Pius IX
Source: Wikipedia

Pope Pius IX writes to the grand duke of Tuscany, insisting that he revoke Jews' right to live outside the ghetto.

According to Pope Pius IX:

"Otherwise, it will open the door to requests for other civil rights for Jews and for other non-Catholics."

The Jews' emancipation would be rescinded in May. Equal civil rights for Jews has been vociferously opposed by most popes, including those who have otherwise eased various restrictions on Jews. This is because treating Jews as civil and political equals implies that Judaism is the equal of Catholic Christianity.

This, however, would contradict the traditional Christian doctrine that Christianity superseded Judaism and that therefore Judaism is no longer an entirely valid religion. It may have been valid at one time, but today Jews are obliged to convert to Christianity.

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