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Vatican Hits Racism in France, Stressing Tie Between Christianity, Judaism

November 20, 1940
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The Vatican Radio has assailed growing racialism in France in a broadcast which stressed the “living connection between Judaism and Christianity.”

The broadcast, in French, denounced the “tendency to believe there is a special God for special races.” It pointed out that to support the racial theory the Holy Scriptures had to be censored, the Old Testament eliminated and elements of the New Testament proving the “living connection between Judaism and Christianity” had to be disclaimed.

The Church always has maintained that the New Testament organically grew out of the Old, the broadcast said. It branded as “heresy” the desire to create a God according to “man’s reason” and emphasized “there is one God only, who embraces the whole of mankind with love and the Church considers it her mission to be mother to all men without distinction.”

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