posted on Aug, 15 2017 @ 03:57 PM
originally posted by: TobyFlenderson
a reply to: audubon
Now you are the one who should study history.
I have. The Catholic church didn't make it illegal to lend money. The Catholic church simply obeyed the Biblical commandment against usury, which had
already existed for millennia. This meant that only non-Catholics could practise usury. And since the diaspora Jews were already 'social lepers' in
lots of areas, this dirty work got taken on by them.
That's the simple version. The more detailed version involves the fact that the Jews were bound by the same prohibitions (in the Old Testament books
that form the Torah) but only - according to tradition - when it came to lending money to other Jews. So usurious lending to non-Jews was OK.
That "usury" thing? The word means lending money and charging interest on it. At some point, probably after the rise of mercantile capitalism, the
Catholic church quietly dropped the proper definition of "usury" and airbrushed it to mean "lending money at high rates
There was a Catholic priest who was persecuted to the end of his life for refusing to accept this bending of Biblical fact. I forget his name, I can
look him up if you want.