The Church has contributed to anti-Semitism, Archbishop of Canterbury says

The Church has contributed to anti-Semitism, Archbishop of Canterbury says

“The fact that anti-semitism has infected the body of the Church is something of which we as Christians must be deeply repentant.”

Justin Welby. Jeruslem Post . Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Church has contributed to the spread of antisemitism, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby wrote this week in an essay for the Holocaust Educational Trust.

The leader of the Church pf England referred to antisemitism as “an insidious evil,” adding that “it is a shameful truth that, through its theological teachings, the Church, which should have offered an antidote, compounded the spread of this virus.”

Welby, who has held his position since 2013, said that “the fact that antisemitism has infected the body of the Church is something of which we as Christians must be deeply repentant. We live with the consequences of our history of denial and complicity.”

The BBC quoted Jonathan Arkush, the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, as praising the archbishop’s comments as “powerful and timely.”

Arkush told the BBC that Christians had indeed sometimes been to blame in antisemitism “permeating European thought.”

 

 


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