Philadelphia (Jun. 22)
The ancient accusation that Jews “murdered Jesus Christ” and that they are “materialists and fanatical enemies of Christ and his Church” is revived here in an article published in the Catholic weekly newspaper “Shlyakh” (The Road) issued in the Ukrainian language under the editorship of Rev. Basil Feddish.
The paper carries on its masthead an appeal from the Bishop’s office asking priests “to do everything in their power to have the paper reach every house, and to see that it is passed from hand to hand.” Signed by Bishop Constantyn (Bohachevsky,) the appeal says: “Every religious Ukrainian should read this paper. We hope that the paper will find distributors in every parish, in every locality, and that it will also find faithful friends and subscribers.”
The article, in which the Jews are presented as a nation of “sinners,” is written by Rev. Joseph Ananevich, “Since the Jews murdered Jesus Christ, they-have been scattered over the world, deprived of a state, a language, priests, etc.,” the author writies, adding: “The Jews remain the same to this day. They are materialists, fanatical enemies of Christ and His Church. During this war, they have been brutally massacred by the Nazis, but whether this is the end of their sin and their punishment by God is hard to say. God predicted that the time would come when they would repent and be reconverted to God. God will forgive them and let them become Christians, members of the Catholic Church.”