The Pope Against the Jews: The Vatican's Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism
Steven K. Baum
About Steven K.
* By David I. Kertzer. Knopf (2001) hardback, 355 pages, $27.95; Vintage (2002) paperback, $15. ** Steven K. Baum is book review editor for the Journal of Hate Studies and former book review editor for the Journal of Adult Development.
Rome has had a lot of apologizing and explaining to do lately. Added to the growing list of assaults, sex scandals, and indignities is the Catholic Church’s long-standing love-hate relationship with the Jews. In a nation that bore the first Jewish ghettoes, made Jews wear identity badges, forbade them to develop relations with Christians in marriage, commerce, land ownership and living quarters, Vatican politics and policy and legendary denial should not come as any surprise.