Cardinal Consalvi, Vatican Secretary of State, Supports Austrian Jews Against Papal Repression

Cardinal Consalvi, Vatican Secretary of State, Supports Austrian Jews Against Papal Repression

Cardinal Ercole Consalvi
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Cardinal Ercole Consalvi, Vatican Secretary of State, responds to a request from the Austrian government about ensuring that Jews living in territories about to be turned over from Austria to the Vatican not be placed under traditional papal repression. Consalvi sympathizes with and supports this request, but Pope Pius VII overrules him.

Consalvi writes:

"His Holiness does not believe it opportune to issue a solemn, public decree, as the Jewish supplicants would like, that they be put on an equal footing with the other Pontifical subjects."

Once again, Jews in these areas are made second-class citizens because that is what the Catholic Church requires of them. Treating Jews as equals would be perceived as a message that there is nothing wrong with Judaism and that, as a religion, it is on par with Catholic Christianity.

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