Church of England apologizes for anti-Semitic laws 800 years ago

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The Church of England apologizes for its bad behavior – 800 years ago.

The Synod of Oxford, organized in 1222 by the Catholic Church of England, set out extensive social and occupational restrictions for Jewish citizens. Jews were required to pay a specific monetary tithe and received a badge marking them as members of the Jewish faith.

“Today’s service is an opportunity to remember, repent and rebuild,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said on social media on Sunday.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivers his Easter sermon at Canterbury Cathedral on April 17, 2022 in Canterbury, England.  (Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivers his Easter sermon at Canterbury Cathedral on April 17, 2022 in Canterbury, England. (Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

Jews were also not allowed to hold certain jobs and public offices.

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“Pray that she will inspire Christians today to reject contemporary forms of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism and to appreciate and receive the gift of our Jewish neighbors,” he continued.

The apology was intended as a gesture of goodwill and to right past wrongs.

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In the United States, Christian churches have been at the center of a nationwide campaign of intimidation over a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Easter morning service at Canterbury Cathedral hosted by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on April 17, 2022. (Stuart Brock/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Easter morning service at Canterbury Cathedral hosted by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on April 17, 2022. (Stuart Brock/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Three Texas the churches were vandalized by pro-choice activists.

The graffiti was noticed by a church member early Monday when they arrived for an 8am meeting. They discovered the message on the doors of the main entrance and the side door of the church: “Pro-Choice is Pro-Life”.

“It’s very unfortunate that people desecrate the church like this, vent their frustration on the church,” Father Peter Damian Harris, pastor of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, told AFP. Houston.

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