Date of Award

Spring 1986

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Jeffery S. Hamilton

Committee Member

James R. Sweeney

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47 H375


The Jewish question as considered and answered by Vatican II involved two separate but closely related segments: does the Church of today condone anti -Semitism, and are the Jews as a people guilty of deicide?

The purpose of this study is to examine anti-Semitism as it developed within the Church and the extent to which it was actively supported by the Papacy up to and including the Hitler era, to investigate the silence of the Church during the World War II slaughter of European Jewry, and to determine why the inclusion of a Statement on the Jewish people was necessary at this time.

The conclusions of Vatican II were that the Jews as a people were not guilty of deicide, that no parallel in history existed whereby guilt was passed on from one generation to another, and that anti­ Semitism would no longer be tolerated or supported by the Church or by any Catholic.


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