Thursday, May 31, 2007

Pharisaic Self-Redemption

From the website of the Pharisees of the 21st century Sanhedrin:
Recently, the Jewish people have begun to reassert their rights to the Temple Mount ...

This year in Jerusalem, the Sanhedrin Initiative is calling upon the Jewish people in Israel and throughout the world to participate in the Korban Pesach. The Sanhedrin Initiative will choose sheep to be offered in the Korban Pesach, and all preparations will be made in the expectation that we can renew this ancient, traditional offering ...

We realize that this approach is as controversial as it is courageous; passivity always appears the safer course, even if appearances are deceiving. The controversy is part of a fundamental debate whether the Jewish people must passively await their redemption which will be a one-shot deal or they are enjoined to make preparations ... to prepare the stage for their redemption. If you subscribe to the second approach, then one can hardly find a cause more worthy than restoring the Korban Pesach to its pride of place as a symbol of Jewish unity.

http://korbanpesach.org/en/korban/pesach_now


The self-worshiping neoPharisees of the 21st century Sanhedrin leave no doubt as to which approach they take to redemption.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz who heads the above mentioned Sanhedrin recently spoke at a Vatican conference where he seemed to gloat:

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, noted that ... the Catholic Church was in an "almost impossible" position when it came to dealing with the Jews. "It's very hard to be somebody's heir when he's still alive," Steinsaltz told the audience of academics, students and Catholic and Jewish representatives.

While saying he was hopeful for more progress in improving relations, the rabbi - a noted scholar and founder of several Talmudic institutions in Israel and Russia - said there was a reason for the strain between Catholics and Jews. "Basically, monotheistic religions cannot be tolerant," he said. "When you speak about truth ... Can you speak about two truths?" ("Vatican: Jews Are Our Brothers," Rome, Oct. 22, 2005 Associated Press)


Putting aside the fact that rabbinic Judaism is neither monotheistic or a religion, it is interesting to see the Nasi of the 21st century Sanhedrin speak at the Vatican with a tone of authority on the topic of singular truth (disingenuously, of course. Judaism is as relativistic as it gets). I can't recall any Pope speaking in such a way in the past 50 years.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

ADL Board Member's Grandson Transformed as "al Qaeda" Agent Threatens "Islamofascist" Attack on U.S.


CAIRO, Egypt -- An American member of al-Qaida warned President Bush on Tuesday to end U.S. involvement in all Muslim lands or face an attack worse than the Sept. 11 suicide assault, according to a new videotape.

Wearing a white robe and a turban, Adam Yehiye Gadahn, who also goes by the name Azzam al-Amriki, said al-Qaida would not negotiate on its demands.

Full Article:

http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-al-qaida-american-video,0,7089864.story


The above referenced "American" member of "al Qaeda" is the grandson of an ADL board member named Carl Pearlman who he lived with as a teenager.

Adam Gadahn’s nom de guerre is Azzam al-Amriki (Azzam the American)...

Sometimes Adam would visit his paternal grandparents, Carl and Agnes Pearlman, in Santa Ana, where he would swim with neighborhood children and family friends. Carl Pearlman was a respected urologist, a patron of the arts, and a board member of the Anti-Defamation League ... In June, 1995, when [Adam] was sixteen, he left [his parents'] farm to live with his grandparents in Santa Ana.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/01/22/070122fa_fact_khatchadourian?currentPage=6


It was during Adam's stay with his ADL board member grandfather that he decided to "convert" to Islam [see: "Holy Apostasy" ala Sabbatai Zvi, Jacob Frank]. He joined a local Mosque which was run by a man who "reached out" to Judaic organizations which prompted conservative Muslims suspicious of him to call him "Danny the Jew."

While living with his grandparents in suburban Santa Ana, [Adam] made his first trip to the nearby mosque in 1995.

"He was here every day, all day," [Haitham] Bundakji recalled. "He performed the five daily prayers here."

[Adam] even asked Bundakji for a job at the mosque and soon began working as a security guard ...

As mosque chairman, Bundakji emerged as a particular target of [conservative Muslims'] wrath. They criticized him for wearing Western clothes, for not wearing a beard, for trying to reach out to local Jewish communities. Seizing on his American nickname, Danny, they circulated fliers around the mosque calling him "Danny the Jew."


http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A26447-2004Dec1?language=printer


Adam's father, and son of an ADL board member, changed his surname from Pearlman to Gadahn which he says is a variation of the Biblical name of Gideon who caused Israel's enemies to turn their swords against each other.

Like Adam, Phil Gadahn had taken on a new name and identity as a young man. He was born Philip Pearlman, the son of a prosperous Jewish physician ...

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/01/22/070122fa_fact_khatchadourian?currentPage=2


... He decided to make a fresh start. Gadahn told the Register in 2004 that his new surname was a variation of the biblical name Gideon, who was a Jewish hero from the Old Testament ...

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/local/article_1286486.php

"... and they cried out: The sword of the Lord and of Gedeon ... And the Lord sent the sword into all the camp, and they killed one another ..." (Judges 7;20-22)


Adam's father gave him the middle name, Yahya after John the Baptist, the prophet who heralded the coming of the Messiah.

"Phil and Jennifer Gadahn were living in Oregon when Adam, their first child, was born. They gave him the middle name Yahiye, after the Arabic name for John the Baptist ..."

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/01/22/070122fa_fact_khatchadourian?currentPage=3

[Adam] introduced himself [to members of the the Mosque] as Yahya -- the Arabic name for John the Baptist, revered as a great prophet in Islam.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A26447-2004Dec1?language=printer



Now, this grandson of an ADL board member is transformed into a key representative of the "Islamofascist threat," a "prophet" of a future 9-11 style attack which Judaic players of the other side of the Kabbalistic dialectic, Netanyahu, Krauthammer, Kristol, Podhoretz, et al, are pushing the U.S. military to preempt. This, in reality, is a proxy war for Israeli dominion in the Middle East--fought by U.S. soldiers and paid for by the U.S. taxpayer--which is causing unprecedented hatred worldwide for the United States. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has referred to it as "birth pangs" of a new Middle East--transparent Messianic language. "Israel's" enemies of the formerly Christian West and "Israel's" Muslim enemies in the East turn their swords against each other in a counterfeit mockery of the book of Judges, not by the hand of God, but by the machinations of Judaics who are their own gods.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Hans Kung, Pied Noahide Piper

Benedict XVI's good friend and fellow Vatican II Peritus, Hans Kung is a member of the Noahide organization, "Root and Branch":

http://www.rb.org.il/RBIS/RBIS%201999/RBIS%201999.10.05a.htm

Hans Kung says that the Talmudic "Noahide Laws" are "a universal code of conduct" that is "valid for all human beings:"

"A code of ethics is intended to match God’s covenant with man — a minimum code of conduct based on the principle of respect for life (the theologian and doctor Albert Schweitzer took this as the very basis of ethics in general), i.e. not to commit murder and not to eat the flesh of living animals. From this code of ethics Rabbinic Judaism subsequently derived the seven Noahide Laws, or Laws of Noah which, in addition to murder and cruelty to animals, prohibited robbery, adultery, idolatry and blasphemy; they also included a positive command that justice be administered (courts established). These constitute a universal code of conduct that is valid
from the start not only for Jews, but for all human beings." ("Religion, violence and 'holy wars,'" Hans Kung)

http://www.icrc.org/Web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/htmlall/review-858-p253/$File/irrc_858_Kung.pdf


Kung is reported to have recently been honored by Freemasons (see:Noahides) for a "lifetime of service to the craft":

http://catholiccitizens.org/press/contentview.asp?c=40493

Read Kung's, "Declaration Toward a Global Ethic":

http://www.cpwr.org/resource/ethic.pdf


According to Canadian Catholic News Service:

... [Benedict XVI and Hans Kung] agreed on the need for a global ethic which would be supported by people of different churches, religions, believers and non-believers ... (Canadian Catholic News, March 20, 2007)

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=23448&page=2



This, quite simply, makes a mockery of Christ's mandate to preach the Gospel to all nations. There is only one universal ethic and that's the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not the rabbi-concocted "Noahide Laws" of the Talmud.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Sigmund Freud Was A Member of B'nai B'rith


Sigmund Freud and the B'Nai B'Rith


Hugo Knoepfmacher

THAT FREUD WAS A MEMBER of the B'nai B'rith is known from his letters to Fliess (Freud, 1887-1902) and from Jones's biography (1953, 1955, 1957). The extent to which he participated in the society and his relations to it are probably less well known.

The order B'nai B'rith—the name means Sons of the Covenant—was founded by German immigrants in New York in 1843 and spread over the entire United States during the next three decades ... (Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association)

http://www.pep-web.org/document.php?id=apa.027.0441a

Friday, May 25, 2007

More on Ratzinger-Neusner Luv Fest

According to Time Magazine, Benedict XVI, in his new book, Jesus of Nazareth:

... acknowledges [Rabbi Jacob Neusner's] point that Jesus is offering the Jews a transformation rather than a continuation of the Torah but maintains that the trade-off is worth it, provided Jesus is not merely "a liberal reform rabbi" but "the Son." That Neusner and other Jews regard that very Sonship as a deal breaker does not bother him much. "It would be good for the Christian world to look respectfully at this obedience of Israel," he writes, "and thus to appreciate better the great commandments" as universalized by Jesus. (Time Magazine Online Edition, "The Pope's Favorite Rabbi," May 24, 2007)

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1625183-2,00.html


Could there possibly be more deception crammed into that single sentence?

Judaic rabbis of Talmud and Kabbalah are Israel whom Christians should respect for their obedience to the commandments of the Bible? Not according to Jesus Christ. Jesus said that the Pharisees don't do the works of Abraham (John 8;40). Jesus said that the Pharisees do not hear the Word of God because they are not of God (John 8;47).

Rabbi Neusner has stated quite plainly in many of his books that his "religion," rabbinic Judaism, traces it's roots to the Pharisees:

"The Pharisees are important for two reasons. First, the Gospels portray them as one of the principle opposition groups to Jesus. Second, Judaism as we know it generally traces its roots back to the Pharisees." (Jacob Neusner, Judaism in the Beginning of Christianity [Philadelphia: Fortress Press 1984], p.45)


So anyone who has read the Gospel of John knows that a spiritual descendant of the Pharisees cannot even hear the Commandments of God, much less obey them. If they did hear and obey God's Word they would be followers of Jesus Christ. (John 14)

But this claim from Benedict can be demonstrated to be backwards even if the "Christological" argument is put aside, for Rabbi Neusner himself has written on many occasions of how the rabbis themselves create "Torah" (see:Talmud) and that their god studies it!

See here:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/04/some-insight-from-benedict-xvis-elder.html

This is what Benedict identifies as the "obedience" of "Israel" which Christians should "look respectfully" to in order to better appreciate the "great commandments"? What great commandments could he possibly be speaking of!?!?! The Biblical commandments? There couldn't be worse abrogators of the Biblical commandments than the rabbis.

Benedict accepts Neusner's argument that He rejects Christ because He changed the Law, but that's exactly what Neusner, his fellow rabbis and their spiritual Pharisaic forefathers have done!!!! Rabbi Neusner demonstrates it himself. They make void the word of God through their tradition. (Mark 7;13) These are the last people Christians should respectfully look to as an example of obedience to the Biblical commandments.

And do I need to point out the backwardness of the Pope of the Catholic Church identifying the spiritual descendants of the Pharisees, who Christ identified as the spiritual sons of the Devil, as "Israel"(John 8;44)? Christ denied the Pharisees their claim to be "Israel" even though they truly were flesh descendants of Abraham (John 8;37). The rabbis of our time are neither flesh or spiritual descendants of Abraham. How much more absurd is their claim to be Israel than that of the Pharisees of Christ's time? And the Pope is attempting to sell us on this claim? Double-minded insanity.

Even if what was implied in Benedict's statement was true--that the rabbis uphold the Biblical commandments as Abraham did--this would be nothing for Christians to admire. Our Messiah, Whom Abraham rejoiced that he might see, has come. Christians have the grace imparted through His sacrifice on the cross and by the descent of the Holy Ghost at the Pentecost (but are they cooperating with it?). Christians have a New Testament infinitely superior to the crude Old Testament which was suitable for a perverse people stained by original sin. Jesus said that John the Baptist was greater than all of the Old Testament Prophets. What would emulation of the Old Testament Prophets merit post Pentecost?

Now in saying a new, he hath made the former old. And that which decayeth and groweth old, is near its end. (Hebrews 8;13)

The Fool's Gold Standard

There has recently been a great deal of focus upon the fractional reserve banking racket on the internet. Some so-called "truth seekers," most notably Aaron Russo, promote the gold standard as a solution.

Find out why this is bad advice:

The Money Masters

Part 1



Part 2



Buy a DVD copy of The Money Masters here:

http://www.themoneymasters.com/


Also read, Money Manipulation and the Social Order, Rev. Denis Fahey

http://www.amazon.com/Money-manipulation-social-order-Denis/dp/B00071QXOY

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Vatican: "Christians Can Learn Much From 'Jewish' Exegesis of Past 2000 Years"

The Vatican sez:

... Christians can and ought to admit that the Jewish reading of the Bible is a possible one ...

... Christians can, nonetheless, learn much from Jewish exegesis practised for more than two thousand years ...

(The Jewish People and their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible, Pontifical Biblical Commission, Vatican, May 24th, 2001)

... Jewish biblical scholarship in all its richness, from its origins in antiquity down to the present day, is an asset of the highest value for the exegesis of both Testaments ...

(The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church, Pontifical Biblical Commission, Vatican, March 18, 1994)
Both of these documents were signed by Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.

Here is a representative example of Judaic exegesis of Old Testament scripture from the past 2000 years. I leave it to the readers to draw their own conclusions as to the Vatican's statements in reference to it:

Rabbi Eleazar further stated: What is meant by the Scriptural text, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh? (Genesis 2;23) This teaches that Adam had intercourse with every beast and animal but found no satisfaction until he cohabited with Eve. (Babylonian Talmud, Yebamoth, 63a, London, The Soncino Press, 1961)

Monday, May 21, 2007

What to Expect From 2008 Synod

From the English translation of the lineamenta for the 2008 Synod published at the Vatican website:

... two aspects deserve special consideration: the original character of the Jewish understanding of the Bible and an effort to overcome every form of anti-Semitism.

... A proper exegesis of the text, therefore, must be based on the historical-critical method enriched by other approaches. This is the basis for interpreting Scripture.

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20070427_lineamenta-xii-assembly_en.html


Consider the above statements in light of past Vatican documents and perhaps we can make some determination as to where Vatican scriptural exegesis is headed:

22. The horror in the wake of the extermination of the Jews (the Shoah) during the Second World War has led all the Churches to rethink their relationship with Judaism and, as a result, to reconsider their interpretation of the Jewish Bible, the Old Testament. It may be asked whether Christians should be blamed for having monopolised the Jewish Bible and reading there what no Jew has found. Should not Christians henceforth read the Bible as Jews do, in order to show proper respect for its Jewish origins?

... Christians can and ought to admit that the Jewish reading of the Bible is a possible one, in continuity with the Jewish Sacred Scriptures from the Second Temple period, a reading analogous to the Christian reading which developed in parallel fashion.

... Christians can, nonetheless, learn much from Jewish exegesis practised for more than two thousand years, and, in fact, they have learned much in the course of history.

The Gospels frequently present the Pharisees as hypocritical and heartless legalists ... it must be admitted, that in all probability, the presentation of the Pharisees in the Gospels was influenced in part by subsequent polemics between Christians and Jews.

... the anti-Pharisee virulence of Mt 23 must be seen in the context of the apocalyptic discourse of Mt 24-25. Apocalyptic language is employed in times of persecution to strengthen the capacity for resistance on the part of the persecuted minority, and to reinforce their hopes of a liberating divine intervention. Seen in this perspective, the vigour of the polemic is less astonishing.

... the Gospel of Matthew reflects a situation of tension and even opposition between the two communities. In it Jesus foresees that his disciples will be flogged in the synagogues and pursued from town to town (23:34). Matthew therefore is concerned to provide for the Christians' defence. Since that situation has radically changed, Matthew's polemic need no longer interfere with relations between Christians and Jews, and the aspect of continuity can and ought to prevail.

... Jewish methods of exegesis are frequently employed in the New Testament. The Christian canon of the Old Testament owes its formation to the first century Jewish Scriptures. To properly interpret the New Testament, knowledge of the Judaism of this period is often necessary.

... In the past, the break between the Jewish people and the Church of Christ Jesus could sometimes, in certain times and places, give the impression of being complete. In the light of the Scriptures, this should never have occurred. For a complete break between Church and Synagogue contradicts Sacred Scripture.

... The Second Vatican Council, in its recommendation that there be “understanding and mutual esteem” between Christians and Jews, declared that these will be “born especially from biblical and theological study, as well as from fraternal dialogue”. 347 The present Document has been composed in this spirit; it hopes to make a positive contribution to it, and encourages in the Church of Christ the love towards Jews that Pope Paul VI emphasised on the day of the promulgation of the conciliar document Nostra Aetate.

With this text, Vatican Two laid the foundations for a new understanding of our relations with Jews when it said that “according to the apostle (Paul), the Jews, because of their ancestors, still remain very dear to God, whose gifts and calling are irrevocable (Rm 11:29)”

... Dialogue is possible, since Jews and Christians share a rich common patrimony that unites them. It is greatly to be desired that prejudice and misunderstanding be gradually eliminated on both sides, in favour of a better understanding of the patrimony they share and to strengthen the links that bind them.

(The Jewish People and their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible,Pontifical Biblical Commission, Vatican, May 24th, 2001)


http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/pcb_documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20020212_popolo-ebraico_en.html



Many Christian exegetes of the Old Testament look besides to the Jewish commentators, grammarians and lexicographers of the medieval and more recent period as a resource for understanding difficult passages or expressions that are either rare or unique. References to such Jewish works appear in current exegetical discussion much more frequently than was formerly the case.

Jewish biblical scholarship in all its richness, from its origins in antiquity down to the present day, is an asset of the highest value for the exegesis of both Testaments ... (The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church, Pontifical Biblical Commission, Vatican, March 18, 1994)

http://www.catholicculture.org/docs/doc_view.cfm?recnum=561


... The Gospels are the outcome of long and complicated editorial work. The dogmatic constitution Dei Verbum, following the Pontifical Biblical Commission's Instruction Sancta Mater Ecclesia, distinguishes three stages: "The sacred authors wrote the four Gospels, selecting some things from the many which had been handed on by word of mouth or in writing, reducing some of them to a synthesis, explicating some things in view of the situation of the Churches, and preserving the form of proclamation, but always in such fashion that they told us the honest truth about Jesus" (n. 19).

Hence it cannot be ruled out that some references hostile or less than favourable to the Jews have their historical context in conflicts between the nascent Church and the Jewish community.

Certain controversies reflect Christian-Jewish-relations long after the time of Jesus.

To establish this is of capital importance if we wish to bring out the meaning of certain Gospel texts for the Christians of today.

All this should be taken into account when preparing catechesis and homilies for the last weeks of Lent and Holy Week (cf. already Guidelines II, and now also Sussidi per l'ecumenismo nella diocesi di Roma, 1982, 144 b). (Notes on the Correct Way to Present the Jews and Judaism in Preaching and Catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church, Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, June 24, 1985)

Jewish tradition emphasizes the Noachide Covenant (cf. Gen 9:9-12) as containing the universal moral code which is incumbent on all humanity. This idea is reflected in Christian scripture in the book of Acts 15:28-29. (The Delegation of the Holy See's Commission for Religious Relations With the Jews and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel's Delegation for Relations with the Catholic Church, Bilateral Commission Meeting, Jerusalem, March 11-13, 2007)

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/relations-jews-docs/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_20070313_commissione-bilaterale_en.html

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Highlights From Itinerary For 2008 Synod

From the English translation of the lineamenta for the 2008 Synod at the Vatican website:

This Synod ... intends to encourage ecumenical dialogue, which is closely linked to listening to the Word of God and to promote an encounter and dialogue of not only Christians and Jews(9) but also those engaged in interreligious and inter-cultural dialogue.

... Special attention is given to the Jewish people. Christ and the Jews are Sons of Abraham, grounded in the same Covenant, because God, who is always faithful to his promises, has not revoked the first covenant (cf. Rm 9-11). Pope John Paul II maintains: “This people was gathered together and led by God, the Creator of heaven and earth. Thus, its existence is not a mere fact of nature or culture, in the sense that through culture man displays the resources of his own nature. It is a supernatural fact. This people perseveres in spite of everything, because they are the people of the Covenant, and despite human infidelities, the Lord is faithful to his Covenant.”(125) They share a great part of the canonical books of the Bible, called the Old Testament by Christians. In this matter, the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s document, The Jewish People and Its Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible,(126) provides a reflection on the close association of the two in faith, which is equally mentioned in Dei Verbum.(127) In this regard, two aspects deserve special consideration: the original character of the Jewish understanding of the Bible and an effort to overcome every form of anti-Semitism.

... Is priority given to dialogue with the Jewish people? What points of encounter on the Bible might prove beneficial? Are biblical texts used to ferment attitudes of anti-Semitism?


(9)Cf. Pontifical Biblical Commission, The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible (24 May 2001); Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City, 2001.

(125) Ioannes Paulus II, To Participants at the Symposium, The Roots of Anti-Judaism in the Christian Milleu (31 October 1997), in L’Osservator Romano: Weekly Edition in English, 5 November 1997, p. 1.

(126) Pontificical Biblical Commission, The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible (24 May 2001), Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City, 2001.

(127) Cf. Conc. Œum. Vat. II, Const. dogmatica de Divina Revelatione Dei Verbum, 14-16.




http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20070427_lineamenta-xii-assembly_en.html


The notion that God is bound to a covenant with Jews after the Old Covenant was fulfilled in Jesus Christ was put to rest 2000 years ago by St. Paul:

Now in saying a new, he hath made the former old. And that which decayeth and groweth old, is near its end. (Hebrews 8;13)

In response to JPII's racist theory on the perseverance of "The Jews" who deny Christ being due to a blessing from God, I answer with St. Paul 1 Thess 2:16, "the wrath of God is come upon them to the end." Nothing from Nostra Aetate, JPII, or the bishops of the 2008 synod can change this.

But this is beside the fact that the people addressed as "Jews" here are not descendants of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David. Their claim to the title "Jew" is based solely upon their adherence (or their forebears' adherence) to the tradition of rabbinic Judaism which teaches that Christ got what He deserved at Calvary. I'm afraid that there isn't a thing that the synod of bishops can do or say that would cover up the absurdity and blasphemy of the claim that God blesses adherents of this belief or their progeny regardless of their ethnicity.

However, it is this statement which I believe says the most about what we can expect from the synod:

"In this regard, two aspects deserve special consideration: the original character of the Jewish understanding of the Bible and an effort to overcome every form of anti-Semitism."

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Scoundrel, Eugene Fisher to Retire

EDITOR'S NOTE: Eugene Fisher's role in the revision of Catholic teaching material and methods used in Catholic schools and seminaries to conformity with B'nai B'rith standards could not be overstated. His work was implemented with full support from the Vatican and the USCCB.

Bishops' Catholic-Jewish expert of past 30 years prepares to retire

By Jerry Filteau
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Eugene J. Fisher said he currently has five books in the works and also hopes to do some teaching when he retires at the end of June after 30 years as associate director for Catholic-Jewish relations in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs ...

On his first trip to Rome after he was named the bishops' director of Catholic-Jewish relations in 1977, he said, a top Vatican Christian unity official "took me aside and said, 'Gene, you have to move forward in the American dialogue. You are paving the way for us.'" ...

Cardinal Keeler, U.S. episcopal moderator of Catholic-Jewish relations since 1988, said Fisher's work has not been limited to the United States. On the international scene "Gene has had a key role, and his work on the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee has been crucial," the cardinal said.

He added that Fisher is one of the people he turns to "when some difficulty arises."

Fisher has received a couple of honorary doctorates and numerous awards from Jewish groups for his work. Twice two professors from Hebrew University in Jerusalem nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

He has attended meetings of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee since 1978 and has been a Vatican-appointed member since 1980, when he also was named a consultor to the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations With the Jews.

He earned his doctorate in Hebrew culture and education from New York University in 1976, writing his thesis on the treatment of Jews and Judaism in Catholic textbooks -- a field in which he says he has seen tremendous progress over the years. His critiques of the treatment of Judaism in Catholic educational materials have been used as a resource in revamping catechetical texts in many countries.

"The church has two delivery systems" for its teaching, he said. "One is the classroom, one is the liturgy and the pulpit." In both areas Catholics now receive an entirely different message about Jews and Judaism than they did for nearly 2,000 years before Vatican II, he said.


The list of books and monographs Fisher has written or edited, many in collaboration with Jewish scholars, already runs two full pages single-spaced.

He said the five more he is currently working on are his memoirs; a collection of Cardinal Keeler's writings on Jewish-Christian relations; a third and final edition of Pope John Paul's texts on Jews and Judaism; a third edition of "Seminary Education and Christian-Jewish Relations," last published in 1988; and a collection, with commentary, of papal, Vatican and USCCB texts on Jews and Judaism since the council.

Full Article:

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0702766.htm

Eugene Fisher earned his doctorate at New York University in Hebrew Culture and Education, 1976. His doctoral thesis was: "The Treatment of Jews and Judaism in Current Roman Catholic Teaching". Until 1977, Dr. Fisher was Director of Catechist Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit, as well as adjunct professor of Sacred Scripture at St. John's Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan, and for the Religious Studies department of the University of Detroit. Dr. Fisher was appointed to his present post as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat for Catholic-Jewish Relations of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) in May of 1977. He succeeded Father Edward H. Flannery, who had held the post since its establishment in 1968 as part of the NCCB Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. In 1981 he was named Consultor to the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations With the Jews. He is one of nine Consultors to the Vatican Commission worldwide and one of two Americans. He is also a member of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee representing the Holy See. He has lectured widely throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In 1995, a book he co-edited with Rabbi Leon Klenicki, John Paul II, Spiritual Pilgrimage: Texts on Jews and Judaism (Crossroad) won the National Jewish Book Award in the Jewish-Christian Relations category. He has published some 20 books and over 250 articles in the field of Jewish-Christian relations.

http://www.jcrelations.net/en/?item=1108

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Motu Proprio Held Up By Process Of Kosher Certification

Another extremely senior clerical source tells me that the motu proprio is still coming, but that, as other blogs have reported, it might in fact not be this month after all. It appears the Pope, concerned by the German protest and holding his compatriot bishops close tohis heart, wanted to see if the protest would take on a more international flavour. Of particular concern is the Good Friday prayer for the conversion of Jews. Cardinal Kasper, of course, President of the Council of Christians and Jews, will have objected strongly to this. This prayer, rightly, is expected to come out. In its place might go one of the many available traditional prayers emphasising the Catholic Church's 'unique' role in salvation.

Full article:

http://timescolumns.typepad.com/gledhill/2007/05/latest_on_tride.html

EDITOR'S NOTE: I would warn those who have a strong attachment to the traditional liturgy and rubrics that it is the Gospel, not the liturgy, which is the primary target of the rabbis. This is not to say that the actual text of the Gospel could be altered as cavalierly as the liturgy has been, but the interpretation certainly can be, as it has already been.

If the Motu Proprio is promulgated, I expect there to be many traditional Latin Masses with the smell of incense strong in the air, flawlessly executed rubrics, perfectly authentic Roman vestments, beautifully performed hymns and chants, during which one will hear sermons of rabbi-approved theology. This is nothing to celebrate. It's diabolical, and I've seen examples of this taking place already. What's worse, I see very little from those who hear these camel-sized errors that would indicate any suspicion on their part.

The theology of a priest dressed as a clown will not be taken seriously by conservative minded people. Theology preached by a pious looking priest in traditional vestments, on the other hand, is more likely to be accepted at face value.

Keep your eyes on the Gospel. The Motu Proprio is likely a bone intended to create the impression of a step taken forward towards the restoration of orthodoxy. The ten steps backwards will come at the 2008 synod when Catholic scriptural exegesis will be subjected to the next stage of the kosher certification process.

The Puppet and his Master

Binyamin Netanyahu:

"It's 1938 and Iran is Germany. And Iran is racing to arm itself with atomic bombs," Netanyahu told delegates to the annual United Jewish Communities General Assembly, repeating the line several times, like a chorus, during his address ... Netanyahu said, "[Ahmadinejad] is preparing another Holocaust for the Jewish state."
(Haaretz, Nov. 11, 2006)

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/787766.html

John Hagee:

Hagee drew standing ovations as he told the 6,000 delegates, "It is 1938, Iran is Germany and Ahmadinejad is the new Hitler." (Jerusalem Post, May 14, 2007)

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1178708600704&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Onward, Noahide Soldiers





Christians to train in Israel advocacy

JPost.com » International » Article

May. 14, 2007 21:34

As the American Jewish community debates the pros and cons of a growing relationship between Jews and Christian supporters of Israel, the courtship is quietly growing more intimate.

On college campuses across the United States, Christian students are asking to join efforts to "make the case for Israel" alongside their Jewish counterparts, and this week their requests will begin to materialize.

A group of Christian Zionist students at a California university, will be trained this week in how to defend Israel in the face of campus attacks.

The training at California State University, Bakersfield is the first step toward establishing a college chapter of Christians United for Israel, a year-old organization based in San Antonio, Texas started by Evangelical Pastor John Hagee to rally Christians around support for Israel. The chapter will be the first of its kind. The hope is to establish similar "CUFI on Campus" chapters on college campuses across the United States.

Over the last few years, Hagee, author of several books about biblical prophecy and an opponent of territorial concessions to the Palestinians on biblical grounds, has a the face of the Christian Zionist movement, building close ties with several key Jewish organizations such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Still trying to build itself nationally, Christians United for Israel leaders did not intend to work with colleges so soon. But an influx of calls from students at several campuses wanting to establish chapters to combat anti-Israel sentiment convinced them to speed up the process.

"The last thing we want to do is turn away students," said CUFI executive director David Brog. "We want to build the next generation."

Christians United for Israel will be partnering with organizations such as the David Project, a Boston-based pro-Israel group that works extensively with students at colleges and beyond, to help with their campus outreach.

This week Andrew Summey, Christian Outreach Manager for the David Project, is coming prepared to tackle even the most radical rhetoric used against Israel. The curriculum was developed by the David Project, producers of Columbia Unbecoming, a controversial movie about Jewish students on the Columbia University campus.

He will teach the group how to respond to accusations about Israel as "colonizer" or Israel as an "apartheid state" that have become commonplace at US colleges.

Defending Israel comes naturally to Summey, who remembers his mom "taking time from out of breakfast to pray for Israel" in 1982, during the First Lebanon War.

"I grew up a Christian Zionist, thinking Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish state and that Jews have the right to decide how to run it," said Summey.

Judging by March's AIPAC conference in Washington, where Hagee was met with enthusiastic applause, many Jews are supportive of a growing alliance with Christian Zionists. Hagee drew standing ovations as he told the 6,000 delegates, "It is 1938, Iran is Germany and Ahmadiejad is the new Hitler."

But at the same time, a growing number of critical voices are coming to the forefront. An article in New York's The Jewish Week prior to the AIPAC conference included several Jewish voices skeptical of growing ties between pro-Israel forces and the Christian Zionist movement.

But many Israeli leaders continue to view Evangelicals as important partners. "The State of Israel finds the Christian community an important base of support, and we cooperate with them on many projects," said David Saranga, Israel's consul for media and public affairs in New York.

. "Friends can be friends and have different opinions. When it comes to support for Israel, we have a lot of things in common," said Saranga.

The course, "Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" will be offered twice over the coming week to students on the Bakersfield campus.

Though unwilling to reveal specifics about the course, part of the hour-long program includes a video clip of Palestinian children being taught to fight Israel. But Summey said the David Project does not mean to suggest that the video is reflective of all Palestinians. "The class does not take a political stance on the conflict," said Summey.

The David Project curriculum, which teaches history and politics, will be new territory for many Christian Zionist students who are used to justifying Israel's existence via the bible.

"We will teach them how to respond so that they can say more than just God gave Israel the land," said Charles Jacobs, director of the David Project. "We will teach them how to understand the conflict, not as a border war, but as a regional conflict between Arabs and Jews, as the centerpiece of a global war."

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1178708600704&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Pope: Pharisaism Endures as Talmudic Judaism

Newsweek has published an except from Benedict XVI's new book, Jesus of Nazareth which he has earlier stated is written as a dialog with Rabbi Jacob Neusner. Here is a quote from that excerpt:


The Sadducees disappeared after the destruction of Jerusalem (a.d. 70), whereas the pattern of life practiced by the Pharisees found an enduring form in the sort of Judaism shaped by the Mishnah and the Talmud. Although we observe sharp antagonism between Jesus and the Pharisees in the Gospels, and although his death on the Cross was the very antithesis of the Zealot program, we must not forget that people came to Christ from every kind of background and that the early Christian community included more than a few priests and former Pharisees. (Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, p.13)



We have already shown from Neusner's writings that Judaism is the codified religion of the Pharisees and now we see the same from Benedict XVI. Only a few years ago this was viewed as the controversial, "antisemitic" thesis of Michael A. Hoffman. Now we see it frankly stated as a matter of fact by the Pope in the mainstream press.

What is happening here? This is likely meant to control the public reaction to revelations of hitherto little known facts pertaining to Judaism which are flooding the internet lately. This is also likely an attempt to deepen the double minded hypnosis of those who observe it.

In recent years we have witnessed Benedict telling us that the rabbis of Talmudic Judaism are "our elder brothers in the faith." He has stated that the Judaic (see: Talmudic) interpretation of scripture which denies Christ is a valid interpretation. He has met with Talmudic rabbis almost daily to confirm his mission to create deeper religious relations between Catholicism and Talmudic Judaism. He's visited Talmudic synagogues. He has often expressed his deep respect for Talmudic Judaism. And now he tells us that Talmudic Judaism is the religion of the Pharisees whom Jesus had a sharp antagonism with in the Gospel. Could there be a more double minded message from this man?




Benedict XVI at the Synagogue of Cologne where he made the following outrageous statement:

In considering the Jewish roots of Christianity (cf. Rom 11: 16-24), my venerable Predecessor, quoting a statement by the German Bishops, affirmed that "whoever meets Jesus Christ meets Judaism" (Insegnamenti, Vol. III/2, 1980, p. 1272).

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/2005/august/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20050819_cologne-synagogue_en.html


I beg to differ. Anyone who meets Judaism meets the doctrine which Jesus Christ told His disciples to beware of. Benedict testifies against Himself.

Look well and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees ... Then they understood that he said not they should beware of the leaven of bread, but of
the doctrine of Pharisees and Sadducees.
(Matthew 16;6-12)

Primary Consideration for Sainthood: Were They Good For "The Jews"

Abe Foxman sez:

"While we understand that the process of sainthood is an internal matter for the Church, the issue of what Pius XII did or did not do to help save Jews during the Holocaust is a profound question that must be resolved first for the sake of the Jewish-Catholic relationship."

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/VaticanJewish_96/5048_96.htm



In essence, Foxman is saying that he realizes that the process of sainthood is an internal matter for the Church, but he's making it his business anyway. And his business is framing everything under the sun in the context of how it serves "The Jews." This is the benefit yielded from decades of Catholic-Judaic dialog with psychopaths such as Foxman--Catholic saints are now judged primarily upon the criteria of how good they were for "The Jews." "Saint" Escriva: good; Saint Simon of Trent: bad. No reciprocal revision of Judaic hagiography is taking place nor is it expected to. This is what Foxman threatens is at stake? He can keep it.

Could you imagine the rabbis admitting to, and making amends for, the genocidal racism of their great saint, Rabbi Simon ben Yohai and his tenet, "even the best of the Gentiles should be killed"? But here is Foxman telling us that Pius XII is not worthy of sainthood because he didn't do enough to stop an imaginary "genocide" of "The Jews."

Pius XII certainly did take actions to relieve Judaic persons of the persecutions that truly were taking place. It could be said that he did as least as much for Judaics as he did for Christians who were being slaughtered and starved to death in Russia and the Ukraine prior to and during WWII, and in Europe during and after the war. But Christian casualties don't concern Mr. Foxman. They're not "Jews." And of course, probing too deeply into that matter could reveal the ugly fact that there are many "Jews" to be blamed for those Christian casualties. Better to keep the heat on the Catholics, Foxman reckons.

But that's not the way I see it. I figure, if Foxman has set the standard for Christian sainthood based upon how good the candidate was for "The Jews" during WWII, then that standard is at least as fair a gauge to judge his fellow Zionist power brokers by. So then, the question must be asked, what heroic actions were taking place on the part of Zionist leadership during WWII for people of Judaic background? I seem to recall that many of them were cooperating with Nazi leadership and that they didn't care much to stop the Nazi deportation program because it served their purpose--namely, moving "The Jews" from Europe to Palestine to set up a "Jewish" state. This claim may seem incredible to some but it's well documented:

http://www.amazon.com/51-Documents-Zionist-Collaboration-Nazis/dp/1569802351

The truth is that Foxman himself and his ilk aren't very good for Judaic persons, not in their intent, and certainly not in the association they create between their insane chutzpah and "Jewishness."

Catholics should know, however, that this slander campaign against Pius XII did not begin with Abe Foxman. It originates from one who is on the fast track to kosher sainthood:

New research reveals rare criticism from within the Vatican of Holocaust-era pope Pius XII for his silence in the face of the destruction of European Jewry ...

Prof. Dina Porat, who headed the Project for the Study of Anti-Semitism at Tel Aviv University, centered her research on criticism of Pius XII from the Papal Nuncio Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, who 15 years later became Pope John XXIII. (Amiram Barkat, Haaretz, 01/12/2006)

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/794985.html

Friday, May 11, 2007

Rabbi, pope exchange blessings

Pope Benedict XVI was blessed by a rabbi -- and blessed him back -- Thursday in Brazil.

The pope met Reform Rabbi Henry Sobel and other religious leaders during a five-day visit to Sao Paulo.

"With deep humility, I asked for a blessing and was blessed. I also asked for the pope's permission to bless him and was authorized to do so," Sobel said. "I'm feeling very light. It's not everyday that a rabbi gets a blessing from the pope."

Sobel called Benedict "a friend of the Jewish people" who "understands the importance of the interdependence of Christian and Jewish traditions."

With more than 30 years at the helm of Latin America's largest shul -- the 2,000-family CIP -- Sobel gained a strong reputation as a defender of human rights during Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship and is well known in Brazil for attempting to strengthen relations among Jews, Christians and Muslims. Lately he has been in the news after he was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting on a visit to Florida.

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/101765.html

The Kosher Racket

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a fabulous scheme, and Benedict XVI's elder brothers are getting bloody rich at it. Granted, the kosher racket pales in comparison to the Shoah business, but it's impressive, nonetheless.

According to Menachem Lubinsky, editor of “Kosher Today” and owner of Lubicon Marketing and Consulting, there are 10.5 million kosher consumers in the United States, 10,650 companies in the United States whose products are under kosher supervision, and 98,000 kosher certified products. Not to mention bakeries, restaurants and kosher markets in many cities and towns throughout the country. And it is the “mashgiach” who has the important job of “watching over” factories, caterers, restaurants, butchers and kosher stores to make sure “everything is kosher.”

According to Lubinsky of Lubicon, “The dollar value of the kosher market is $10.5 billion.”

http://www.jewishledger.com/articles/2007/05/08/news/news10.prt



The article fails to mention the fact that the tax imposed upon the 10.5 million "kosher consumers" (see: Orthodox Judaics) is supplemented by 99.5% percent of the U.S.'s non-"kosher consumers." Yes, any time you buy grocery items with the following symbols on them (it's nearly impossible to grocery shop today without doing so) you are paying a tax to the rabbis:

Saturday, May 5, 2007

There's No Racket Like the Shoah Racket

EDITOR'S NOTE: Rabbi Israel Singer who is implicated in this Shoah business scandal has close ties with the Vatican.

Holocaust Cash Went To Shadowy Pal Of Ousted WJC Leader

Israeli finance minister, now being probed for corruption, urged death camp tour group to hire little-known N.Y. consultant; [Israel] Singer friend Curtis Hoxter can't explain what he did for $709,000.



Larry Cohler-Esses and Ran Dagoni

The Jewish Week

An internationally known Holocaust education group disbursed, apparently illegally, more than $700,000 to an associate of an Israeli cabinet minister now under investigation for corruption, a joint investigation by The Jewish Week and the Israeli business daily Globes has learned.

In 2003, March of the Living, a New Jersey-based charity, began payments totaling $709,000 to Curtis Hoxter, who is also closely tied to former World Jewish Congress leader Israel Singer. The group began its payments to Hoxter the same year Singer was instructed to stop funneling unauthorized payments to him via the World Jewish Congress, payments that had by then totaled $657,600.

During this time, Singer was also involved in negotiations to join Hoxter's Manhattan public relations firm as a partner.

David Machlis, president of March of the Living, told The Jewish Week that it was Avraham Hirchson, the group's founder and now Israel's minister of finance, who introduced Hoxter to the group and urged his hiring. Hirchson, a key partner of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, "suspended" himself last week as finance minister pending the outcome of a police investigation. He is suspected of embezzling millions of dollars in Israeli health care and union funds prior to taking his cabinet position.

Hirchson's Tel Aviv attorney, Yakov Weinrot, confirmed it was his client who brought Hoxter to March of Living. But, said Weinrot, Hirchson "did not realize his salary would be so big." Weinrot emphasized that March of the Living was a "independent entity," though Hirchson founded the group and ran it for many years.

Singer was forced out of the WJC in March after being removed from positions of financial responsibility there in 2006---the year an investigation by then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer found Singer and Elan Steinberg, executive vice president of WJC's American Section, responsible for financial mismanagement of the group. Steinberg, who left WJC in early 2002, was gone for much the period during which Hoxter received his payments.

Full Article:

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=14012



Kasper, Ratzinger, and World Jewish Congress' Bronfman and Rabbi Israel Singer who is implicated in the above mentioned Shoah business scandal

Friday, May 4, 2007

Goodbye Aquinas and Just War Theory, Hello Maimonides and Law of the Jungle

EDITOR'S NOTE: Last summer the Israeli state executed a 33 day long planned attack against Lebanon destroying it's civilian infrastructure, bombing civilian neighborhoods, killing 10 civilians for every militant and finishing it's brutality by littering the countryside with cluster bombs which continue to kill and maim civilians--mostly children--to this day. Thankfully, there was just enough Christian decency left in the increasingly Judaized world for a significant percentage of the population to recognize, if only briefly, the barbaric nature of the Israelis' actions. This is a serious problem to the Judaic agenda which holds fixed principles, particularly Christian principles, and universal standards to be intolerable. Last year's brutality against Lebanon will certainly not be the last such action from the Israelis and they intend to continue their brutality without incurring any further public relations disasters. So, what to do?

Israeli, US intellectuals chart new rules of war for insurgencies

Last summer, at the height of the Second Lebanon War, two intellectuals specializing in security affairs met for a conversation. For the Israeli of the pair, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya's Boaz Ganor, it was an opportunity to vent his frustration.

"We talked about the frustration we had over how the world was relating to the war, mainly the claim that Israel wasn't responding with 'proportionality,'" Ganor told The Jerusalem Post this week.

... "We decided we had to establish an international team" - experts have been consulted from Canada, Australia and elsewhere - "that will relate to Hague and Geneva, which are very good, but will try to fine tune them for the new situation," Ganor said.

With monthly video-conference calls between Israel and Syracuse, New York, the team has begun to lay the groundwork for the document they hope to present in Washington D.C. in October - the 100th anniversary of the Hague Convention.

... "The primary goal is to protect civilians," Ganor said emphatically. "That's the sacred principle behind this.

Its implications are far from simple. As Ganor explains: "Take the mista'arvim [the IDF infiltration units that dress as Arabs and enter Arab towns to conduct operations] for example. On the face of it, it's a clear breach of the Geneva Conventions, which demand clear separation between fighting forces and civilians, with 'a badge and a flag.' On the other hand, it's by far the most selective and safe means of arresting or even assassinating someone ..."

Full Article:
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1177591142883&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Institutionalized Hypocrisy and Double Standards

Much wailing has lately been heard from the Judaic camp and from change agents within the Catholic camp in anticipation of an indult granting universal permission to offer the traditional Latin Mass due to a prayer for the conversion of "the Jews" traditionally prayed once each year which is viewed as "profoundly demeaning" and "antisemitic." This is laughable in light of the fact that JPII and Benedict XVI's Orthodox Judaic "elder brothers in the faith" have for 1,900 years cursed Christians three times daily in their mandatory benedictions, shmone esre, in the "benediction"-curse birkat ha minim.

According to the standards emanating from Rome and originating in the synagogue it is offensive for Christians to pray for the conversion of Judaics once each year but acceptable for Judaics to curse Christians three times daily. This is just one of countless examples of Pharisaic hypocrisy that Jesus Christ condemned so harshly which still exists in our time as rabbinic Judaism--one set of standards for "The Jews" and another for everyone else--which Vatican prelates urge us to establish deeper religious relations with.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

"Jews" warn Pope over Latin Mass

EDITOR'S NOTE: The expected Motu Proprio pertaining to the traditional Latin Mass, if it ever comes, will be kosher. Solve et Coagula.

Jews warn Pope over Latin Mass

By Marc Shoffman - Tuesday 1st of May 2007

Jewish campaigners this week expressed concerns over relations with the Roman Catholic Church as they awaited a papal decree which could approve prayers calling on Jews to convert.

Conservative Catholics have urged Pope Benedict XVII to bring back the traditional Latin Mass, a Good Friday liturgy including prayers for Jews to follow Jesus Christ.

The controversial prayer, which was outlawed by the Vatican in the 1960s, reads: “Let us pray also for the Jews, that the Lord our God may take the veil from their hearts and that they also may acknowledge our Lord Jesus Christ."

It was dropped as part of a move to improve relations between Catholics and Jews in 1965 but the Vatican is now considering reintroducing it to create greater unity within the Church and with conservative bishops.

The Latin Mass, however, could be reintroduced excluding the controversial segment.

Interfaith workers have contacted the Vatican raising concerns about the language in the prayer. The International Council for Christians and Jews wrote to the Vatican describing the paragraph as "profoundly demeaning."

A decision was expected on Monday but has now been delayed. [Papal Knight] Rabbi David Rosen president of the International Jewish Committee for Inter-religious Consultations said no news is good news.

He told TJ: “It is a reflection of the Pope’s desire to create greater unity in the church, the intention is not to set the clock back. We are alerting the Vatican that elements of the prayer provide implications for Catholic and Jewish relations.”

Edward Kessler, Executive Director of the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations recently raised concerns about faith relations after the Pope failed to question an Easter sermon by Vatican official Raniero Cantalamessa which focused on Jewish complicity in the death of Jesus.

Writing in Catholic newspaper, The Tablet, Kessler said: “It generated no contradictory response, even though it was published in the official Vatican press.”

He told TJ: “If the Latin Mass is reintroduced it will change relations between Christians and Jews.”

Sir Sigmund Sternberg, who has been named a papal knight by the Vatican, said he would raise the issue with the pontiff when he meets him next month, but he quashed concerns that the prayer would be introduced. He said: “I don’t think this will happen, our relationship with the Catholics is a good one.” [for who?]

The Vatican said it is still awaiting the Pope’s final decision.

Meanwhile, the Vatican has placed the issue of fighting anti-semitism high on its agenda for an international Roman Catholic conference next year. It includes a questionnaire for bishops to examine “attitudes of anti-semitism” in biblical passages in their church.


http://www.totallyjewish.com/news/world/?content_id=6170

Kosher Catholic Exegesis

EDITORS NOTE: Since the rabbis have only one flimsy document, Nostra Aetate, to build their Noachide church upon, others must be created.

Synod outline says Bible is source of Christian unity, bond with Jews

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Bible is a source of Christian unity and is evidence of Christianity's special bond with the Jewish people, said the outline for the next world Synod of Bishops.

The theme of the synod, scheduled Oct. 5-26, 2008, will be: "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church."

... Christianity and Judaism are "grounded in the same covenant, because God, who is always faithful to his promises, has not revoked the first covenant" with the Jewish people, it said.

Croatian Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, told reporters, "We would be happy if everyone said this is no longer a problem, but it is a question that must be asked."

"Our relationship with the Jewish people is very special, and we hope every shadow of anti-Semitism has disappeared," he said.

The archbishop said his office had not begun drawing up a list of the guests who will be invited to the synod, but he did not rule out the possibility of inviting a Jewish representative along with the delegates from other Christian churches. Such guests participate but do not vote at the synods.


Full Article:

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0702368.htm


The outline specifically asked bishops to report on any incidents in which the Scriptures are misused "to ferment attitudes of anti-Semitism," a problem usually associated with readings about the passion of Jesus and the role of the Jewish leaders of his time.

Fighting anti-Semitism will be among issues discussed at the world summit of Catholic bishops next year, according to The Associated Press. Pope Benedict XVI has recently approved a 60-page document that asks bishops to examine sacred texts and how they may be misconstrued to promote anti-Jewish sentiments.

Full Article:

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/living/17167318.htm

The need to step up the fight against anti-Semitism will be a key issue for the world's Roman Catholic bishops at a meeting at the Vatican next year.

An entire section of a preparatory document released by the Vatican on Friday is devoted to the Church's relationship with Jews, noting the "close associations of the two in faith" and calling for efforts "to overcome every form of anti-Semitism."

The 60-page document, which was approved by Pope Benedict XVI, outlines the suggested topics and includes a questionnaire to be answered by local bishops.

After asking if priority is given to dialogue with the Jews, the questionnaire calls on bishops to investigate the use of biblical texts to "ferment attitudes of anti-Semitism."

"Much has already been done, but everything must be done to dispel every shadow," the
synod's general-secretary, Bishop Nikola Eterovic, said during a news conference to present the agenda for the October 2008 meeting.


Full Article:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3393155,00.html

No reciprocal effort from the rabbis is planned, of course.