International Society for Sephardic Progress calls on the
Vatican and the Holy See to halt the canonization of Spain's Queen
Isabella, the founder of the Spanish Inquisition.
ISFSP calls upon the Holy See to not consider the beatification
of Queen Isabella I of Castile (1451-1502), for she is not worthy
of veneration, as she has contributed to crimes against humanity.
Today the ISFSP has submitted to the Vatican formal correspondence
including a Declaration Against The Canonization of Queen Isabella
of Castile, by Descendants of Victims of the Spanish Inquisition.
week Pope John Paul has canonized five deceased persons as Saints.
This Pope has canonized more than 480 saints during his 25-year
papacy, more than all other popes combined over the last 500 years-and
he continues to elevate certain personalities at a rapid rate.
Recently there have been private Catholic groups actively attempting
through political and religious channels, to "honor"
Isabella of Castile by having her "canonized" to become
a Saint in the Catholic Church. One such group claims that the
terrible horrors and multitudes of victims of the
Spanish Inquisition to be no more than myths and falsehoods
This statement is misleading and essentially revisionist in nature.
true fact is Isabella had directly contributed to crimes against
humanity, death, and economic destruction of her subjects. On
September 27, 1480 Isabella of Castile gave her blessing to the
start of what is known as the Spanish Inquisition. Shelomo Alfassa,
Executive Director of the ISFSP stated:
to what anti-Semitic historic revisionists state, Isabella was
intimately involved in obtaining the Papal Bull from Rome for
this specific purpose. Descendants of the very Jews which fled
Isabella's reign still speak the 16th century Spanish language
their forefathers took with them when forced to leave, it is
horrific that these descendants would live to see the day when
such a criminal personality would be elevated to a position
results of the Inquisition Isabella endorsed, brought Spain to
one of the lowest points in its history. It proved to be economically
disastrous for the country, and hundreds of thousands of persons
over many generations suffered as a result of it. Though both
Jews and Protestant were chiefly effected by the Tribunals, the
Jewish community of Spain suffered the extremes, emotionally,
financially, physically, and religiously.
its early establishment in the 15th century until its abolishment
in 1834, no one expected its fierce tribunals, which relentlessly
sought to destroy everyone who was not a Roman Catholic Christian.
As the Vatican celebrates the Pope's 84th birthday in a few days,
the ISFSP demands that they abandon any consideration to canonize
she who is a dark stain on human history.
International Society for Sephardic Progress (ISFSP) is a Jewish
agency developed to serve the Sephardic community--the descendants
of the Jews of historic Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the
Levant who share both common religious and cultural bonds. Although
based in the United States, the ISFSP is an advocacy organization
representing Sephardim internationally. The ISFSP also functions
to produce high quality Jewish educational projects which will
educate the public on the rich Sephardic Jewish communities, past
ISFSP is a
a non-profit organization.