In the fifth century C.E. John Chrysostom, Bishop of Antioch, wrote against the Jews: "The Jews are the most worthless of all men. They are lecherous, greedy, rapacious. They are perfidious murderers of Christ … The Jews are the odious assassins of Christ and for killing God there is no expiation possible, no indulgence or pardon. Christian may never cease vengeance, and the Jews must live in servitude forever. God always hated the Jews. It is incumbent upon all Christians to hate the Jews."
St. John named Chrysostom (golden-mouthed) on account of his eloquence, studied rhetoric under the most famous orator of the age. He led the life of an anchorite in the mountains, but returned to Antioch due to poor health, where he was ordained a priest. In 398, he became one of the greatest lights of the Church. But he had enemies in high places. Several accusations were brought against him, and he was sent into exile. Through his sufferings, like St. Paul, he found great peace and…
John Chrysostom, 344-407 A.D., preached: "The Jews ... are worse than wild beasts ... lower than the vilest animals. Debauchery and drunkenness had brought them to the level of the lusty goat and the pig. They know only ... to satisfy their stomachs, to get drunk, to kill and beat each other up ... I hate the Jews ... I hate the Synagogue ... it is the duty of all Christians to hate the Jews."
Feast of St. John Chrysostom; Orthodox Christian Religious Observance; November 13; Syrian scholar, hermit, and patriarch of Constantinople; brilliant preacher; doctor of the church. Patron saint of preachers.