As the Black Death ravages Europe, Jews are blamed. Tens of thousands of Jews are killed, and hundreds of communities devastated throughout Europe.
Pope Clement VI has already issued one Papal Bull , which has been ignored. His second Bull states that those who blamed the plague on the Jews had been "seduced by that liar, the Devil."
The terrified and angry populace of Europe is too eager for a scapegoat, however, and the Jews continue to be blamed for a bacterial disease spread by fleas on rats. These rats go unchecked because the Europeans also kill cats as “servants of the devil”.