Pope Clement VI Confirms Sicut Judaeis, Constitution that Protects Jews from Christians Hot

Pope Clement VI Confirms Sicut Judaeis, Constitution that Protects Jews from Christians

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Pope Clement VI confirms the papal bull Sicut Judaeis("and thus to the Jews," better known as the "Constitution for the Jews"), issued in 1120 by Pope Calixtus II.

This bull was originally intended to protect Jews who were being attacked all over Europe because of the First Crusade. It is reaffirmed regularly by later popes, including Pope Clement VI, which is a sign that the instructions in this bull aren't being heeded.

Sicut Judaeisbans the forcible conversion of Jews, taking their property or harming them just because they are Jews, disrupting Jewish religious festivals, or vandalizing Jewish cemeteries. The punishment for all these acts is excommunication.

The original bull says:

"[Jews] ought to suffer no prejudice.

We, out of the meekness of Christian piety, and in keeping in the footprints or Our predecessors of happy memory, the Roman Pontiffs Calixtus, Eugene, Alexander, Clement, admit their petition, and We grant them the buckler of Our protection."

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