As Catholic-Jewish relations warm in Rome, they cool in Chicago

Louis Farrakhan

Minister Louis Farrakhan, of the Nation of Islam, speaks at Saint Sabina Church late May 9, 2019, in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Source: Religion News Service

BY Yonat Shimron and Emily McFarlan Miller

CHICAGO (RNS) — During a standing-room-only speech at a Roman Catholic church in Chicago this week, Minister Louis Farrakhan attempted to defend himself against charges he promotes violence and hate.

But then, in a speech livestreamed on the church website and on Facebook, he turned to a familiar refrain: anti-Semitism.

“I just know the truth,” Farrakhan said at St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church. “And I’m here to separate the good Jews from the satanic Jews.”

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, called Farrakhan’s remarks “vintage Farrakhan” and wondered why Chicago Catholics would invite him to speak.

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