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The Church of England apologizes for its bad behavior – 800 years ago.
The Oxford Synod, hosted in 1222 by the Catholic Church in England, outlined broad social and occupational restrictions for Jewish citizens. Jews were stuck with a specific cash tithe to pay and were given a badge that marked 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.
Even Jews could not fill certain public jobs and offices.
“We pray that it will inspire today’s Christians 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 make amends for past wrongs.
In the United States, Christian churches have been at the center of a national intimidation campaign over a leaked draft opinion that the Supreme Court is likely to overthrow Roe v. Veal.
The graffiti was spotted by a church member early Monday as they arrived for a meeting at 8am. They discovered the message on the doors of the main entrance and the side door of the church that read: “Pro-Choice is Pro-Life”.
“It is really a pity that people profane the church in this way, they take their frustration out on the church,” said Father Peter Damian Harris, pastor of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Houston.