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‘Not because they are Jews’: the Catholic Church in Salford and refugees

Bill Williams

in Jews and Other Foreigners

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780719085499
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703311 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719085499.003.0010
‘Not because they are Jews’: the Catholic Church in Salford and refugees

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The Quakers were the only organised body of Christians in Manchester to take collective measures for the rescue of the victims of Nazism. Individuals of the Christian faith—Methodists, Congregationalists and Unitarians—were to be found in refugee support organisations and amongst the advocates of tolerance towards refugees, but the branches of Christianity to which they belonged engaged in no concerted action on the refugees' behalf. For the Roman Catholic Church in the Salford Diocese, it was a matter of principle. Whatever the feelings of their congregants, the hierarchy of the Church in Salford was disinclined to put itself out in the rescue of refugees, particularly those of Jewish origin. The response of the Roman Catholic Church to refugees was particularly shaped by the Church's response to the rise of Fascism.

Keywords: Quakers; Manchester; Nazism; Roman Catholic Church; Christianity; Salford Church; Fascism

Chapter.  4734 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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