Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Auschwitz: Beginning of a New Era?"

I have been reading a book titled, Auschwitz: Beginning of a New Era? This is a collection of papers given at an "International Symposium on the Holocaust" held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, June 3 to 6, 1974. The book is edited by Eva Fleischer and published by the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and the "Anti-Defamation League" of "B'nai B'rith."

The title of the book should be Theological Contrivances Rationalizing Displacement of Calvary by Auschwitz to be Taught in Christian Churches and Schools because that is precisely what Catholic priests, Protestant ministers, rabbis and others including Elie Wiesel came together to synthesize at this symposium.

Gregory Baum was a Judaic (alleged) convert to Catholicism and Catholic priest, assistant to Cardinal Bea and peritus (theological advisor) at the Second Vatican Council, particularly on the three most troubling Vatican II documents, Dignitatis Humanæ, Unitatis Redintegratio and Nostra Aetate. For the moment I will focus primarily on his words because he was a priest of great influence in Rome and at the Vatican II Council.

Getting straight to business, Fr. Gregory Baum opened his talk thus:

After Auschwitz the Christian churches no longer wish to convert the Jews. While they may not be sure of the theological grounds that dispense them from this mission, the churches have become aware that asking the Jews to become Christians is a spiritual way of blotting them out of existence and thus only reinforces the effects of the Holocaust. The churches, moreover, realize the deadly irony implicit in a Christian plea for the conversion of the Jews; for after Auschwitz and the participation of the nations, it is the Christian world that is in need of conversion. The major churches have come to repudiate mission to the Jews, even if they have not justified this by adequate doctrinal explanations. We have here a case, frequently found in church history, where a practical decision on the part of the churches, in response to a significant event, precedes dogmatic reflection and in fact becomes the guide to future doctrinal development. Moved by a sense of shame over the doctrinal formulations that negate Jewish existence, the churches have come to recognize Judaism as an authentic religion before God, with independent value and meaning, not as a stage on the way to Christianity ...

The new openness to Jewish faith and the emergence of a new understanding of mission reflect the response of the Christian conscience to the voice of the Holocaust ... The churches believe that they have been addressed by God's Word through these events: they have placed themselves under God's judgment.


Fr. Baum later returns to this idea that "God's Word" is spoken to the "Christian conscience" through "The Holocaust" and explains what is "demanded" in response to "God's call."

Even without elaborating an adequate dogmatic basis, they have made significant public declarations and changed the public policy in remarkable ways. Christian theologians have reflected on the new trends and tried to establish their doctrinal foundation. Christian educators have begun to rewrite catechisms and schoolbooks. Many missionary congregations and Christian-action groups have abandoned their former ideal of evangelization and adopted a new policy, according to which missionaries enter into solidarity with the people in whose midst they serve, bear the burdens of life with them, and promote the self-discovery and humanization taking place in their midst. In particular the churches have renounced the desire to convert the Jews; they have begun to call them brothers and sisters.

While these changes have taken place on the highest ecclesiastical level, in official circles and among Christians intensely involved in the problems of contemporary life, the effect of the new policy on the great majority of Christians is negligible. Most Christians have not even begun to reflect on these issues ... the reason why the new policies adopted by the churches have so little power and influence among Christians is that the negation of Judaism and other religions seems to be built into the central Christian symbols. The corrections made on the margins hardly affect the central teaching. Since Christian teaching confesses Jesus as the one mediator between God and man, and the church as the true Israel, the unique vehicle of salvation, in whom the peoples of the world will find forgiveness and new life, the dangerous social trends against which the new ecclesiastical policies have reacted continue to affect the Christian understanding of history. Unless people are well informed and belong to a religious elite, the traditional language continues to shape their outlook and attitude. What is demanded, therefore, is that the churches interpret the central Christian doctrine, in obedience to God's call, in a more socially responsible way and find a sound dogmatic basis for their new policies ... (Auschwitz, Beginning of a New Era?, pp. 113, 116-117)


As we can see, Vatican II peritus Fr. Gregory Baum was not a convert to Catholicism, but rather, a subvert who sought to convert Catholics to a new religion as he stated explicitly himself: "... after Auschwitz ... it is the Christian world that is in need of conversion."

"After Auschwitz" is of course Baum's designator for the measurement of time in the new dispensation he is operating in. As Calvary is replaced by Auschwitz in this new religion, so, Anno Domini is replaced by Anno Auschwitz. If you believe that I'm reading into his words, then listen to co-speaker Johannes Hoekendijk in his response to Baum's paper:

"Are we anno Auschwitz 30 in a new era? That is what the theme of our colloquium suggests ... After Auschwitz: The State of Israel--A New era." (ibid p.129)

Note that Gregory Baum lamented in 1974 that while he and his comrades in Rome were inebriated on the new "Holocaust" religion that the laity in the pews hadn't yet received the message. I imagine that he must be quite pleased with the "Holocaust" religion teaching opportunity which materialized in January-February 2009 HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE.

Fr. Baum speaks at length on the topic of the revised Vatican II "mission" of the Church which negates Catholic traditional missionary theology and activity which he was involved in formulating. Just as the central dogmas of Catholicism are subordinate to "Holocaust" theology as quoted above, so is Christian missionary activity, in Gregory Baum's universe:

"The new openness to the Jewish faith and the emergence of a new understanding of mission reflect the response of the Christian conscience to the voice of the Holocaust ...
Fr. Baum repeats his delusional language suggesting that God, speaking in judgment through "The Holocaust," is commanding this change in mission:

"The churches believe that they have been addressed by God's Word through these events: they have placed themselves under God's judgment." (ibid p.116)


Gregory Baum proposed a replacement theology in which the "existence" of "The Jews" is the first principle to which even the most fundamental Catholic dogmas must yield. I reiterate that it is a Vatican II peritus who wrote these things 35 years ago. Clearly we can see in recent events that many prelates in and outside the Vatican have made these lunatic ideas their own.

See:

The New Catholic "Shoah" Theology: Newsletter #47

Friday, April 24, 2009

NY's New Archbishop Gets Straight to Work

The "traditional 'Jewish' Passover Haggadah" began to be formulated in the Talmudic Era, centuries after Christ. The Haggadah as it exists today dates only to the 13th century, but this is no impediment to the bishops and rabbis teaching Catholic children that Jesus and the Apostles celebrated this ritual. One wonders if Bishop Dolan and Abe Foxman were reciting the Shefokh Hamatkha ("Pour Out Thy Wrath," which Orthodox Judaism applies to Christendom) at the time this photo was taken.


NY Archbishop Joins Catholic And Jewish Students In Symbolic Passover Seder

ADL

New York, NY, April 22, 2009 … Extolling the virtues of unity, religious acceptance and interfaith cooperation, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan shared a symbolic Passover Seder with a group of Catholic and Jewish students.

"Today, ADL joins our Catholic friends and neighbors in offering our hearty welcome to Archbishop Dolan as the 10th Archbishop of New York," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "We look forward to working with Archbishop Dolan to enhance the ongoing dialogue and programs between the Archdiocese and the Jewish community. The Catholic-Jewish relationship in New York is unique and has contributed to Catholic-Jewish understanding that has set an example that reaches beyond our city."

Mr. Foxman led the group in reciting two Jewish blessings made in the Archbishop's honor, and presented Archbishop Dolan with a mezuzah, a traditional encasing of parchment scroll, to affix to the doorpost of his new residence.

"This is awesome for me," Archbishop Dolan said. "I have long admired the work of the Anti-Defamation League from afar, and now to receive your welcome and your assurances of our hope for future cooperation, which I enthusiastically share, means very much to me."

During the Seder, which occurred one day after Holocaust Memorial Day, Archbishop Dolan discussed the importance of mutual respect and religious acceptance.

"Every person deserves dignity and respect. They [the Jewish people] learned the hard way, the tragic way what happens when that fundamental religious belief is not respected, and we now unite with them and hold hands in seeing that that never happens again.

"I look forward to our cooperation that's been part of the legacy and the heritage here in the greater New York community."

Seder participants asked the Four Questions of Passover, recounted the ten plagues inflicted on ancient Egypt and ate matzo – the traditional Passover unleavened bread. Each table contained the traditional Passover Seder plate, as well as multi-colored jellybeans to represent diversity, and twizzlers candy to represent the whips of slavery.

Students from each school made presentations about the history of slavery – from biblical to modern times. Students from the Immaculate Conception school also led a group performance of two choir pieces.

The Interfaith Seder program, now in its fourth year and hosted by the Intergroup Committee of ADL's New York Regional Board, recognizes the universal bonds of oppression and slavery that are shared by many races, religions and cultures. It is an outgrowth of the League's Bearing Witness™ Program, an annual Holocaust training for Catholic school teachers.

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ChJew_31/5510_31.htm

Monday, April 20, 2009

Racists Control Discourse on Racism at Fordham

DURBAN II “COUNTER-CONFERENCE”:

Addressing the Issues of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Genocide,
Xenophobia, Gender Discrimination and Religious Discrimination
April 20 – 24, 2009

Fordham Law School
140 West 62nd Street
New York City

Co-Sponsors

American Jewish Committee
American Jewish International Relations Institute
American Zionist Movement
Anti-Defamation League
Association of Reform Zionists of America
B’nai B’rith International
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Eye on the UN
Hadassah International Council of Jewish Women
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Jewish Women International
National Council of Jewish Women
New York Board of Rabbis
ORT America · Rabbinical Assembly
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East · Touro Law School
Union for Reform Judaism
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Women of Reform Judaism
Women's International Zionist Organization
World Council of Conservative/Masorti Synagogues
World Jewish Congress
Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism

http://www.jewishlawyers.org/media/user/documents/AAJLJ_program_for_circulation.pdf


According to the program for this conference Dr. Phyllis Chesler will give a talk titled, “Discrimination Against Muslim Women.” This would be a fine opportunity to ask Dr. Chesler when she intends to address Orthodox Judaic discrimination against women ...

Jerusalem's Taliban

"God's Chosen" Cavemen

Move to the back of the (Judaic) Bus!

... confront the rabbis on their phony "save Darfur" coalition ...

http://eaazi.blogspot.com/2009/04/harvard-book-store-mamdani-darfur.html#respond

... confront Abe Foxman on his holocaust denial ...

ADL local leader fired on Armenian issue

... and level appropriate criticism of the racist nature of "The Jewish State" which its advocates are attempting to escape by "co-hosting" a counter-conference entirely controlled by them.

Gaza Massacre Fosters Race Hatred in Israeli Youth

The Rabbis' Anti-Black Teachings of Hatred in Practice


"Elder Brother" Rabbi Eliyahu: "One yeshiva boy is worth more than the lives of 1,000 Arabs"

Racist Knesset Clears Itself of Racism

Friday, April 17, 2009

David P. Goldman's Noahide Dream

... that "Globalism" might reach its objective; that all non-Judaic nations, cultures and religions may die and be absorbed into counterfeit Israel. Those who don't go along with this Judeomaniacal fantasy are "'Jew'-haters"--a fine ideology for an associate editor of an ostensibly Catholic journal to have. David P. Goldman can barely conceal his hatred for Christians as he cajoles them into being canon fodder for "eternal Israel."

And Spengler is ...

David P. Goldman - Asia Times

Apr 18, 2009

... The old and angry cultures of the world, fighting for room to breath against the onset of globalization, would not go quietly into the homogenizer. Many of them would fight to survive, but fight in vain, for the tide of modernity could not be rolled back.

As in the great extinction of the tribes in late antiquity, individuals might save themselves from the incurable necrosis of their own ethnicity through adoption into the eternal people, that is, Israel. The great German-Jewish theologian and student of the existential angst of dying nations, Franz Rosenzweig, had commanded undivided attention during the 1990s, and I had a pair of essays about him for the Jewish-Christian Relations website. Rosenzweig's theology, it occurred to me, had broader applications.

The end of the old ethnicities, I believed, would dominate the cultural and strategic agenda of the next several decades. Great countries were failing of their will to live, and it was easy to imagine a world in which Japanese, German, Italian and Russian would turn into dying languages only a century hence. Modernity taxed the Muslim world even more severely, although the results sometimes were less obvious.

The 300 or so essays that I have published in this space since 1999 all proceeded from the theme formulated by Rosenzweig: the mortality of nations and its causes, Western secularism, Asian anomie, and unadaptable Islam.

Why raise these issues under a pseudonym? There is a simple answer, and a less simple one. To inform a culture that it is going to die does not necessarily win friends, and what I needed to say would be hurtful to many readers ...

In this world of accelerated mortality, in which the prospect of national extinction hung visibly over most of the peoples of the world, Jew-hatred was stripped of its mask, and revealed as the jealousy of the merely undead toward living Israel. And it was not hard to show that the remnants of the tribal world lurking under the cover of Islam [MP: and not Judaism? Zionism? This maniac is hoping his will be the only tribe left] were not living, but only undead, incapable of withstanding the onslaught of modernity, throwing a tantrum against their inevitable end ...

My commitment to Judaism came relatively late in life, in my mid-thirties, but was all the more passionate for its tardiness ...

... one of the last truly universal European minds belongs to the octogenarian Pope Benedict XVI. In 1996, the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had said in an interview published as Die Salz der Erde, "Perhaps we have to abandon the idea of the popular Church. Possibly, we stand before a new epoch of Church history with quite different conditions, in which Christianity will stand under the sign of the mustard seed, in small and apparently insignificant groups, which nonetheless oppose evil intensively and bring the Good into the world." The best mind in the Catholic Church squarely considered the possibility that Christianity itself might shrink into seeming insignificance ...

Painfully and slowly, I began to learn the classic Jewish sources. My guide back to Judaism was the great German-Jewish theologian Franz Rosenzweig, and my first essay on these subjects was published by the Jewish-Christian Relations website in 1999 under the title, "Has Franz Rosenzweig's Time Come?" ...

As a returning religious Jew, I had less and less to discuss with the secular Zionists who shared my passion and partisanship for Israel, but could not see a divine dimension in Jewish nationhood. So-called cultural Judaism repelled me ...

Both as classical musician and as a Germanist, I had better insight than most Jews into the lofty character of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI ... Ratzinger was kind enough to review and comment on the draft of one of my articles on music theory in the 1980s. There is a connection between Ratzinger's insider's grasp of music and his Fingerspitzengefuhl for Jewish theology - something I tried to express in an essay entitled "The Pope, the Musicians and the Jews" ...

The editors of First Things asked me for an essay on Franz Rosenzweig and Islam, which I published in 2007, and later a piece entitled "Zionism for Christians", which appeared in 2008 under the pseudonym "David Shushon". That was a milestone for me ... I came to know the magazine's editor Joseph Bottum, as well as such regular contributors as George Weigel, Russell Hittinger and R R Reno.

On January 8, 2009, the magazine's founder Richard John Neuhaus died. A few weeks later Jody Bottum asked me to join the staff of First Things as an editor and writer ... "Spengler" is channeled by David P Goldman, associate editor of First Things (www.firstthings.com). ("And Spengler is ...," David P. Goldman, Asia Times, Apr 18, 2009)

David P Goldman was head of debt research at Bank of America's securities branch 2002-2005 and a member of its fixed income executive committee, and representative of the Asteri Capital hedge fund of Marc Rich's Glencore Commodities trading firm.

full article:

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/KD18Aa01.html

also see:

First Things Speaks to the Kashrut-Katholic Golem

More Background on First Things Hasbara

More on First Things' "David Shushon"

Thursday, April 16, 2009

French SSPX Priests Break Bread with Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard

Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard: Patron of Holocaustolatry

Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard of the Eclessia Dei Commission which oversees all things related to the traditional Latin Mass and "regularization" with the SSPX is co-founder of an organization called Yahad-In Unum along with deceased Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, Cardinal Vingt-Trois, and former World Jewish Committee executive Rabbi Israel Singer. This organization makes it possible for a Father Patrick Desbois and his coterie of rabbis to wander about Eastern Europe allegedly identifying 'Jewish' mass graves, indiscriminately identifying the corpses as "Jewish" "Holocaust" victims and then covering the graves with cement so that no independent investigation of the sites is possible.

There are many mass graves to be found in Eastern Europe, war dead, victims of Nazis, Bolsheviks, disease and starvation. Identifying them is not the work of fanatical priests and rabbis of Holocaustolatry, but uninvested, well trained forensic investigators.

Yahad and In Unim mean "together" and "in unity" in Hebrew and Latin respectively. Together in unity, Cardinal Ricard, Father Desbois and the rabbis are propping up the "Holocaust" religion. Together they are suppressing knowledge of the holocaust of Christians in Eastern Europe with the endorsement of Benedict XVI.

Fr. Patrick Desbois in a letter soliciting donations wrote:

My dear friends,

The Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, His eminence André Vingt-Trois, the Cardinal Barbarin, the Cardinal Ricard, and the Rabbi Israel Singer (General Deputy of the World Jewish Congress) founded YAHAD-IN UNUM organization in order to support common projects between Jews and Catholics, in western and eastern Europe.

It is all about Jews and Catholics getting together, remembering the gift of the Law on Mount Sinai.

At the moment, YAHAD-IN UNUM organization works mainly on the search for the mass graves of the jewish victims of the Einsatzgruppen in Ukraine during the second world war. Many of these places are forgotten today, instead of being preserved and respected. The searches are made in connection with the ukrainian Catholic and Greco-Catholic churches, and with the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, Rabbi Bleich. These mass graves will be preserved and recognized as jewish graves.

We have to find the local eyewitnesses who saw the executions when they were children, so we can provide video archives to students, to historians.

We cannot build Europe if we forget the Victims, if we want to live in Truth and Justice.

In order to support that work, we need you. Please make a donation to YAHAD-IN UNUM organization.

Father Patrick Desbois,
President of YAHAD-IN UNUM

Original


One wonders at what moment Yahad In Unum will get around to counting the millions of Christian victims of Bolshevik terror and Soviet forced starvation in the Ukraine--if there even are any corpses left to count once Yahad In Unum finishes its work identifying "Jewish" corpses. "Preservation," "respect, "Truth" and "Justice" indeed.


Fr. Patrick Desbois boasted that he organized a Talmud study between Catholic bishops and New York rabbis:

"Six or seven years ago, Monsignor Lustiger (then archbishop of Paris) launched programs in which French priests went to visit yeshivot in New York. And I don't mean as simple tourists. They were received and held discussions everywhere, from Temple Emmanuel-El to Yeshiva University, as well as with the Lubavitcher and Satmar Jews in Brooklyn. All this was organized in partnership with Rabbi Israel Singer (a former top official of the World Jewish Congress.)

"I know because I organized the departures to the New York yeshivot of the men who now make up 60 percent of France's bishops. They went there voluntarily to spend several days each discussing the Talmud with roshei yeshivot [yeshiva heads]."

http://www.targumshlishi.org/fatherdesbois/jr-article.pdf

Also see:

Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard of Ecclesia Dei Commission Studying Talmud at NY Yeshiva

Bishops, Rabbis "Dialogue" at Yeshiva University Again

Monday, April 13, 2009

Archaeologists Unearth Human Skulls Used in Talmudic Era Judaic Rituals

"Newly published archaeological evidence attests to the fact that ancient Jews used human skulls in ceremonies, despite a strict Halakhic prohibition on touching human remains."

Ah, yes. But according to the same halacha, non-Judaic corpses do not defile: "R. Simeon b. Yohai said: The graves of Gentiles do not defile, for it is written, And ye my flock, the flock of my pastures, are men; only ye are designated ‘men.’"(Babylonian Talmud, Bava Metzia 114b, Soncino Edition). Nice try at absolving the rabbis of this witchcraft.

'Ancient Jews used skulls in ceremonies despite ban'

April 13, 2009

Ofri Ilani - Haaretz

Newly published archaeological evidence attests to the fact that ancient Jews used human skulls in ceremonies, despite a strict Halakhic prohibition on touching human remains.

British researcher Dan Levene from the University of Southampton published findings in Biblical Archaeological Review about the human skulls, known as incantation bowls, some of which bear inscriptions in Aramaic.

The skulls were unearthed in present-day Iraq (formerly Babylonia) and are believed to have been used during the Talmudic era. At least one of them appears to be that of an anonymous woman.

"When I presented these findings in Israel, people told me, 'It is not possible that this is Jewish,'" said Levene. "But it is certainly Jewish."

Levene added that, despite going against conventional wisdom, the talisman was likely used by someone desperate, and that there have been past cases of skulls being used to ward off increased ghosts or demons.

"The fact remains that belief in demons was widespread at this time among Jews as well as other peoples," writes Levene. "Incantation bowls are known not only from Jewish communities but from other communities as well."

To combat demons - who cause medical problems as well as other mishaps and ills - people invoked numerous magic rites and formulas.

http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1078227.html

Christian community outside Bethlehem to be encircled by Israeli 'security road'

Mondoweiss: Christian community outside Bethlehem to be encircled by Israeli 'security road'

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Supreme Holocaust

This Holocaust has wrought our salvation. May no other holocaust arrogate its place in our hearts and minds.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Portland Archdiocese Observes Noahide Holy Week

Holocaustolatry has its Holy Week which centers around its version of Good Friday called "Yom Hashoah." The Archdiocese of Portland will be in observance.

Communities unite for Holocaust memorial

Catholic Sentinel

April 9, 2009

The Archdiocese of Portland is collaborating with Portland’s Jewish community this month to host a Holocaust Memorial Day observance.

The opening of a week-long Yom Hashoah observance will be held at by Portland Center Stage in Northwest Portland, April 20 at 7 p.m.

In keeping with annual tradition, Holocaust survivors will be on hand for the lighting of candles of remembrance.

The keynote address will be given by Archbishop John Vlazny, followed by “Through My Mother’s Eyes,” a program of the poetry and remembrances of Holocaust survivor Alice Lok Cahana presented by Rabbi Michael Cahana of Congregation Beth Israel and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana with Yiddish art songs. Rabbi Cahana is the artist’s son.

The archbishop will be introduced by Rabbi Emanuel Rose, a leading expert on Catholic-Jewish relations and the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

The Yom Hashoah observance is a week-long affair, and begins prior to the Yom Hashoah memorial ...

Jewish communities around the world adopted Yom Hashoah, or the Holocaust Remembrance Day, after it became a national holiday in Israel in 1951 ...

full article:

http://www.sentinel.org/node/9949

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

ADL, Vatican Launch "Catholic-Jewish Permanent Dialogue"

Fr. James Massa who is involved in this racket offers the Latin Mass in NYC.

read:

A Point of Interest for Latin Mass Community in Sungenis/Catechism Controversy



ADL Sponsors Major Catholic-Jewish Dialogue in Honor of Rabbi Leon Klenicki

Posted: March 23, 2009

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. announced the launching of a major new national Catholic-Jewish permanent dialogue.

The announcement was made February 26 following a national tribute to the late Rabbi Leon Klenicki, ADL's longtime Director of Interfaith Affairs who passed away in January.

Prominent Catholic and Jewish leaders from around the country, including cardinals, bishops, and leading national Catholic officials joined with prominent rabbis to memorialize Rabbi Klenicki, a pioneer in interfaith relations. The group then met for two hours to discuss the future of Catholic-Jewish relations in America in light of several ongoing controversies facing the dialogue.

Following the session, sponsored by ADL and hosted by the John Paul II Center, the religious leaders announced their intention to launch a new permanent dialogue between the two religions, which would meet regularly to deal with controversies and help deepen the dialogue between Catholics and Jews. The new dialogue would be based at the Pope John Paul II Center, as requested by the Vatican.

The gathering in Washington has been called the most significant gathering of Catholic and Jewish leaders since Pope Benedict XVI's two events with Jewish audiences during his 2008 visit to the United States. Religious leaders called the formation of the new dialogue group a historic event.

Participants at the event included Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley of Boston, Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington, D.C., Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Center, Father James Massa, Executive Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Father Steven Boguslawski, Executive Director of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, Dr. Philip Cunningham, Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA, Sister Celia Deutch, Associate Professor at Barnard College, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, Rabbi Eric Greenberg, ADL Director of Interfaith Policy, Rabbi James Rudin, Senior Interreligious Advisor for the American Jewish Committee, Rabbi Irving Yitz Greenberg, founding President, CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and Rabbi Ruth Langer, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Boston College and Associate Director of its Center for Christian-Jewish Learning.

http://www.adl.org/main_Interfaith/New_Catholic_Jewish_Dialogue.htm

Catholic Dogma Denier Hans Küng Clings Fast to "Holocaust" Dogma

Hans Küng believes there's room in the Church for those who deny the divinity of Christ and a host of other dogmas, as he does, but that there's no room in the Church for "Holocaust denial:"

"I don’t think a Holocaust denier can stay in the Catholic Church, no. The murder of six million human beings, Jews, is the biggest crime in the history of humanity ..." ("Küng: Catholicism heading back to Middle-Ages," Euronews, April 7, 2009)

http://www.euronews.net/2009/04/07/kueng-catholicism-heading-back-to-middle-ages/

It follows logically then, since Küng rejects Jesus' divinity, that to him, the crucifixion of Jesus at Calvary wasn't the greatest crime in history. In Küng's universe, Jesus was only one Jew; his crucifixion a relatively minor crime compared to the "Holocaust of 6 million Jews."

The modernist path of "tolerance" is leading us towards "Noahide" tyranny.

See:

Hans Kung, Pied Noahide Piper

Benedict's Elder Brothers in the Faith "Bless the Sun"

Counterfeit Israel celebrating its counterfeit heritage with a ritual that the Patriarchs and Prophets knew nothing of.

see:

More Pagan Judaism: Birkat ha-Hammah (Blessing of the Sun)


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"Israel" Hopes Papal Visit Will Help Polish International Image In Wake of Gaza Massacre

Israel hopes pope helps image, brings cash

April 7, 2009

NAZARETH, Israel (AFP) — The din of earthmovers and a cloud of dust rise over Mount Precipice as workers scramble to get ready for a papal visit that Israel hopes will bring in tourist dollars and rave reviews.

The Jewish state is pumping some 10 million dollars (7.5 million euros) into preparations for Pope Benedict XVI's May 11-15 visit to the Holy Land that will bring tens of thousands of pilgrims to Israel.

It also hopes the papal trip will help polish Israel's international image in the wake of the Gaza war ...

"We are working under a lot of pressure to finish it in time," says Ishai Soker of the non-profit Jewish National Fund, owned by the World Zionist Organisation, which is financing the project together with local and national authorities ...

"Many people, including among the clergy, were not pleased with the visit coming at this time," says Odeh, referring to calls for Benedict to shun Israel to protest the war on the Gaza Strip that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians ...

Full article:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hgdRs7aHRQAQAyXcpBWKi94UerbA

See:

Palestinian Christians Urge Pope to Not Lend Credibility and Prestige to Israeli Slaughterers

Feb. 18, 2009 Meeting of Bilateral Working Commission: Vatican - Counterfeit Israel

Unofficial Itinerary for Papal Visit to "Israel"

More on Pope's Pilgrimage to Yad Vashem

Bishop Dolan Asked Rabbi of Talmud to Intervene For Him in Heaven

What a wide gate Bishop Dolan apparently believes in. One wonders what besides "Holocaust denial" could prevent a soul from attaining eternal salvation, according to him.

... Rabbi Isaac Nathan Lerer was already unconscious when Dolan, his friend, arrived at his bedside in late February. The archbishop removed his purple zucchetto and lay it next to the rabbi's kippah, said daughter Chavee Lerer.

"He said, 'Look, Isaac, I have a hat just like yours,' " she said.

Dolan took her father's hand and prayed for him, then asked for his prayers when he was with the Lord ... ("Dolan touched hearts during 7-year tenure," Annysa Johnson, Journal Sentinel, April 6, 2009)

http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/42563317.html


Dolan’s Warmth Praised: Jewish-Catholic Relations Seen Getting Boost with New Archbishop

Steve Lipman - The Jewish Week

Feb. 25, 2009

The executive director of Milwaukee’s Jewish Council for Community Relations received an unexpected invitation last week.

Paula Simon was part of a small group of the city’s Jewish and Catholic leadership invited to the home of Archbishop Timothy Dolan, to discuss interfaith relations in the wake of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to end the Vatican’s ban against a bishop who had denied the Holocaust. The invitation from the archbishop came just days before he, head of Milwaukee’s Catholic diocese for seven years, was named by the pope to succeed Cardinal Edward Egan as archbishop of New York City’s diocese.

“He wanted to get a pulse of the Jewish community,” Simon said. “He wanted to make sure that we understood that what the pope did did not reflect what he [Archbishop Dolan] felt.”

Simon, in a telephone interview with The Jewish Week, said the archbishop apologized for the impression given by the pope’s action that the Catholic Church condones denial of the Holocaust’s historical authenticity. “We’re embarrassed. This is inappropriate,” she reported the archbishop as saying about lifting of the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson, who has said the Holocaust was exaggerated and no Jews died in the Nazi gas chambers.

“He could have sent a quick note or e-mail” to express his feelings, Simon said. “It could have been done in a phone call.”

“You can’t put a value on that kind of relationship,” she told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s not lip service. It’s real.”

Simon cited the meeting, and the archbishop’s unsolicited outreach to Milwaukee’s Jewish community, as the latest examples of Dolan’s “personal commitment to interfaith issues” that have included one-on-one meetings with Jewish leaders as well as more formal interaction.

Other representatives of Milwaukee’s Jewish community and spokesmen for national Jewish organizations praised Archbishop Dolan as a charismatic member of the clergy who will help to restore Jewish-Catholic relations that have stalled in recent years because of several divisive issues. They said the archbishop, with a more effusive personal style, is likely to bring a new tone to interfaith activities here, which were cool under Cardinal Edward Egan, New York’s outgoing archbishop.

During an introductory press conference here on Monday, the archbishop called his work in Jewish-Catholic dialogue in Milwaukee, and before that in St. Louis, “intensely rewarding and enriching.”

With Dolan’s arrival here, “The issue of dialogue is back on the agenda,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Foxman said ties between the Jewish community and the Catholic Church, which grew warmer in the early 1960s after the Vatican II changes supported by Pope John XXIII, have cooled in the last few years because of such issues as the Latin prayer for the conversion of Jews, attempts by some hardliners to repeal Vatican II and the statements of Bishop Williamson.

“These are chips in the relationship,” Foxman said, adding that the leader of New York’s Catholics automatically becomes a leading voice in interfaith work because of the size of the city’s Jewish and Catholic populations. “We need to put Jewish-Catholic relations back on the track.”

While the archbishop is considered a hardliner on many Catholic issues like abortion and celibacy of priests, his conservative outlook is not expected to detract from his work with the Jewish community, Foxman said. “He is an open person, open to people and ideas.”

As a participant in the Conference of Bishops’ interfaith activities, Archbishop Dolan worked closely with Baltimore’s Cardinal William Keeler, who chaired the conference’s Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, and served as the church’s point man with the Jewish community. With Cardinal Keeler, at 77, in poor health, Archbishop Dolan — likely to be elevated soon to cardinal — will be in position to play a greater role in ecumenical affairs on a national scale, the Jewish interfaith leaders said.

“I never got the sense that he wanted to backtrack on [the ecumenical liberalizations advanced by] Vatican II,” said Rabbi David Cohen, spiritual leader of Congregation Sinai in Milwaukee, who had worked with the archbishop on interfaith activities.

“He will perforce become much more active,” said Rabbi A. James Rudin, the American Jewish Committee’s senior interreligious adviser.

Archbishop Dolan, 59, is an author who has written three books on Catholic spirituality, and a raconteur who is viewed as warmer and more accessible — according to members of the Catholic and Jewish communities — than his predecessor, Cardinal Egan.

In one well-publicized incident, Archbishop Dolan presided at an open-air Mass while wearing a “cheese-head” hat popular among Green Bay Packer fans.

Rabbi Rudin said Archbishop Dolan “is going to bring back some of the style of O’Connor,” referring to Cardinal John O’Connor, a gregarious man who preceded Cardinal Egan as leader of the New York Diocese. “I think New York’s Jewish community will take to him, and he to the community.”

Simon said the archbishop “understands the intrinsic value of interfaith relations, particularly relations with the Jewish community.”

While the Milwaukee diocese was forced in recent months to reduce its budget because of the deepening recession, Archbishop Dolan retained funding for the department that conducts ecumenical activities with the Jewish community, she said. “That attests to his commitment.”

When hosting interfaith meetings, the archbishop would call the Jewish participants in advance to determine their kashrut preferences, said Rabbi Ronald Shapiro of Milwaukee’s Congregation Shalom.

The rabbi was invited by the archbishop to take part in a memorial service for the late Pope John Paul II, recite Kaddish in the pope’s memory and explain the meaning of the Aramaic prayer.

Archbishop Dolan was part of an interfaith mission that visited Auschwitz in 2005 under the aegis of Sacred Heart University’s Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding.

“Though I had no doubt that he [previously] understood the significance of the Holocaust,” the visit to the death camp “reinforced the responsibility that religious leaders have” in fighting discrimination.

“He was deeply moved at Auschwitz,” said Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, who was also on the 2005 mission.
Rabbi Blanchard, director of organizational development at CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, said the archbishop “really understands human vulnerability.”

Rabbi Marc Berkson, spiritual leader of Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun in Milwaukee and past president of the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, called the archbishop “a very pragmatic man. His involvement with the Jewish community deepened over time.”

Rabbi Berkson tells of a speech Archbishop Dolan gave at a Friday night service at Milwaukee’s Congregation Shalom in 2005.

Beginning his speech with a remark that “If I seem a bit distracted it’s only because, usually, I’m the only one in the room wearing a yarmulke,” the archbishop went on to talk about Jewish scriptures, John XXIII, John Paul II, Martin Buber and Abraham Joshua Heschel.

“I am so shaken and saddened by the crimes, bigotry, violence and hatred that have been visited upon you by spiritual relatives of mine whose hideous actions pervert the genuine teaching of Jesus and His Church,” he said.

“The talk he gave that night was damn impressive,” Rabbi Berkson said. “You guys are very lucky to be getting him in New York.”

During his speech in Congregation Shalom, the rabbi said, Archbishop Dolan called that Shabbat’s bar mitzvah boy to the bima and gave him the pink skullcap the archbishop had worn on his head.

The youth wore the pink kipa the next day at his bar mitzvah, and “the kid still treasures that kipa,” Rabbi Berkson said.

Simon said the archbishop, following the recent meeting with Jewish leaders, communicated his feeling about the Bishop Williamson controversy to priests in the Milwaukee diocese. “His heart is there. His passion is there. Theologically, he is there.”

At the meeting, she asked Archbishop Dolan about reports that he would be leaving for New York. “The rumors were flying last week.” The archbishop confirmed that he was among six finalists for the New York position.

“I am disappointed that he’s leaving,” Simon said. But she is not surprised. “Many people thought he was a rising star when he came to Milwaukee.”

http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c36_a14990/News/New_York.html

Monday, April 6, 2009

College of Saint Elizabeth Professor Rewarded for Excellence in Holocaustolatry

Executive Director of NJ Commission on Holocaust Education to Bestow Honorary Award to CSE Professor, April 19

Courtney Smolen/College of Saint Elizabeth

April 06, 2009

On Sunday, April 19, the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education will bestow its Sister Rose Thering Award on Dr. Harriet Lipman Sepinwall, professor of Education and co-director of the Holocaust Education Resource Center at the College of Saint Elizabeth during the Sister Rose Thering Endowment's Evening of Roses Program, at Seton Hall University's Jubilee Hall.

The Sister Rose Thering Award was established by the Commission to honor the life work of Sister Rose in the area of education, specifically relates to anti-Semitism, the Holocaust/genocide and prejudice reduction, and in developing relationships between the Jewish and non-Jewish communities to better enhance and strengthen relationships with each other and Israel.

Commission Executive Director Dr. Paul B. Winkler notes that Dr. Sepinwall's efforts and personal humanity make her an outstanding recipient of this award.

"With the establishing of the College of Saint Elizabeth's Holocaust Education Resource Center, Harriet has led the charge in implementing the mandate to provide Holocaust and genocide education to all children," says Dr. Winkler. "Through her efforts, Harriet has brought together many ecumenical groups in working toward a common goal toward prejudice awareness and reduction. She has carried out this belief of the importance of Israel and the importance of all people caring about one other, and for that we honor her."

A native of New York, residing in Pine Brook, N.J., Dr. Sepinwall earned her baccalaureate and master degrees from The City College of New York and her Ed.D. in Educational Foundations from Rutgers University.

Dr. Sepinwall was founder and co-chair of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance, a coalition of teachers, librarians and museum and historic site professionals and archivists. She is a member of the NJ-Israel Commission, through which she developed a summer institute for teachers on terrorism and democracy. With Sister Kathleen Flanagan, she co-founded and is co-director of the College of Saint Elizabeth Holocaust Education Resource Center established in 1994. She presents annual workshops on Holocaust education at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Convention. This year, one of the workshops will highlight the first Holocaust survivor testimony to be given at the NCEA.

Dr. Sepinwall's initiatives on behalf of the College have enabled CSE undergraduates to travel to Poland to participate on the international March of Remembrance and Hope, visiting sites of the Holocaust and working to develop ways to end intolerance. She was a leader in the planning for the 2005 March of the Living organization's national Catholic Educators' Mission to Poland, a project co-sponsored by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Catholic Educational Association, the AntiDefamation League, and the College of Saint Elizabeth, and also served as the Mission's scholar for the Catholic school teachers. This historic mission, which included CSE faculty, commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Holocaust and the 40th anniversary of the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate, on Catholic teaching about Jews and Judaism.

Dr. Sepinwall has worked with the Paterson Diocesan Schools, the Newark Archdiocesan Schools, and with the United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New Jersey to provide a variety of programs for middle and high school students, for teacher training, and for the community.

A member of congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex in Caldwell, N.J., she is the mother of Stacy, Alyssa, and Alan, and grandmother of Julia Sepinwall and Jacob Goldstein. Her husband, Dr. Jerry Sepinwall, died in 1998.

In addition, the Evening of Roses will bestow its 2009 Humanitarian of the Year Awards upon Maud Dahme, a hidden child of the Holocaust, and posthumously to Irena Sendler, who as a young Polish social worker saved more than 2,500 Jewish children from death at the hands of the Nazis. New Jersey Senate President former Governor Richard Codey will be the afternoon's featured speaker.

http://www.nj.com/morristown/cse/index.ssf/2009/04/executive_director_of_nj_commi.html

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Shoah Business at Thibodaux, Louisiana Catholic High School

Vandebilt Catholic High School students (from left) Brittany Eschete, Anna Lee, Rayni Francis, James Chauvin, Katie Shexnayder, Eric Garcia, Kami Ellender, Nicole Theriot, Whitney Theriot, Charles Gyer and John Casey are seen with Margot Garon (center), a Holocaust survivor, and Plater Robinson (top left), a Holocaust education specialist. The students visited with Garon to understand the significance of the Holocaust to help the drama students with an upcoming play.


School's theater group tackles history with production

Michael F. Vinning - Thibodaux Daily Comet

Friday, April 3, 2009

Vandebilt Catholic High School’s theater club is making history — actually staging history with two productions.

A two-part production, “And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank and 100 Years of Broadway is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 3 and 4, and 2 p.m. April 5 at the Houma school, 209 S. Hollywood Road.

“This will truly be a night of entertainment you won’t soon forget,” said Anne Mohana, director of the drama portion of the show. “It’s very different from our past shows which have mostly been big musical productions that were light and fluffy.”

The show features two groups of students — a show choir and a drama group. Mohana said the show opens with the Medley Group and their presentation of “100 Years of Broadway.”

“It’s about 40 minutes of the best show tunes from the last 100 years of Broadway — tunes that many older residents grew up with,” she said.

The second part of the show is a dramatic production entitled, “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank.”

“The piece depicts the lives of Anne Frank and two other young characters from her diary,” Mohana said. “The story line jumps back and forth through time.”

The play also features an audio-visual component, in which footage of the actual survivors are projected onto a big screen placed on stage with the student actors.

“Footage of the characters in their older years will be played on screen while their younger selves will be acted out on stage by the students,” Mohana said. “There is one part in the play where one of the young characters actually appears to be talking to his older self on screen; it makes for some very interesting drama.”

The play has won American Theater awards by tackling some serious issues while being written sensitively enough for young audiences.

“This is a great way to introduce these disturbing topics of war and holocaust to audiences in fifth, sixth and seventh grades,” Mohana said. “As adults we have to shield our younger kids from the horrors of these stories, but children are resilient and intelligent; they can handle the subject matter if presented in the right way — and this play is the right way.”

She said three local pre-teens have parts in the play as Hitler youths.

“I didn’t think they really understood the magnitude of the information they were playing a part of,” Mohana said. “Just goes to show you how bright young kids are because they went home one night and had a lengthy conversation about the topic with their parents at dinner.”

The production serves as more than just merely entertainment. Students involved in the piece made a trip to New Orleans to meet and speak with a woman who fled to Monroe with her family during the Holocaust to get a deeper understanding of the parts they would be playing.

Mohana added that she admits the play is a little risky.

“It is definitely not light, fluffy or a safe call,” she said. “I don’t think there are many other high schools out there that would be willing to tackle such a seriously dramatic event.”

The two performances together is approximately two hours and 15 minutes including intermission. The Medley Group is being co-directed by Ginny Medina-Hamilton and Hannah Arceneaux.

Tickets cost $5 for students and $8 for adults. Adults who bring 10 students get one free adult admission. All tickets will be sold at the door starting 30 minutes before each performance. For information, call Mohana at 876-2551.

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20090403/BIGFUN/904029943/1038/OBITUARIES?Title=School-s-theater-group-tackles-history-with-production#

Cardinal George: Illinois' New Holocaust Museum "a Place of Learning For Us All"

Illinois has a new "Holocaust" Temple which has Cardinal George's emphatic endorsement.

http://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/

High Priest of Holocaustolatry, Elie Wiesel will preside at the April 19th consecration of this new "Holocaust" Temple with Demolay Society Noahide Bill Clinton and Prince Hall Noahide Colin Powell as acolytes.

Gravity of Holocaust museum not lost on gala event attendees

April 3, 2009

MIKE ISAACS - Sun-Times News

In the end, Thursday night's Inaugural Gala that started the official countdown to the April 19 opening of the Holocaust Museum and Education Center was about people ...about people who lived through and died in the Holocaust, about survivors and their supports who banded together and committed themselves to making the museum happen.

Powell, the keynote speaker at Thursday's countdown event, recognized the gravity.

The facility, he said, is "a tribute to the millions of tragically lost souls that the building represents, for whom the building now bears witness to their loss and their sacrifice."

Powell called the Holocaust "a colossal act of arson unprecedented in its scale with genocide its sole and evil purpose."

His eloquent and moving speech touched on larger issues of discrimination and the need for education. "We must take the memory of the Holocaust today and pass this on to our children and our children's children," he said.

J.B. Pritzker, the project capital campaign chairman, said nearly $40 million has been raised.

"How far we've come," he said. "Over 10 years, we've seen this museum sprout from an unlikely idea to an international institution. Survivors and their families, people of all faiths and ages, corporate leaders and community activists are all committed to the same goal."

Holocaust Memorial Foundation President Sam Harris said he is one of many survivors who shared the same outlook in making the museum a reality.

"We believed there was a way to overcome the past rather than let it overcome us," he said. "Tonight, we stand within reach of what seemed an impossible dream -- the creation of a world-class Holocaust museum and education center. This marvelous facility holds our history, the fate of our families, our communities, and the world as we knew it. It shares history so completely and so compellingly that its relevance to the current day is unmistakable."

Harry Jelen, a member of the Foundation Board and former president of the Second Generation group, remembered having to operate the Main Street museum on a shoestring.

"Here we are hopefully disseminating information to the world that the Holocaust did happen, unfortunately," he said. "It's wonderful to have a museum in Washington. It's wonderful to have a museum in Israel. But here for the Midwest, people will not go there but they will go here."

Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis George said the facility will have value for Catholic schools and parishes. "It will promote a sense of justice and elimination of genocide in the world," he said. "Denial of the Shoah will open the human race to any sort of violence and hatred. And hatred crosses many lines. Therefore, this is a place for learning for us all."

Richard S. Hirschhaut, executive director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, has worked on the project for the last five years.

"We mark the many milestones leading to this long-awaited moment -- the opening our magnificent new museum," he said. "Never before have I been prouder or more humble. For as we gather this evening, we stand on the threshold of truly remarkable achievement."

David Layman of Glenview helped design the main exhibition in the museum.

"We're really excited about being able to see this whole thing come together," said Layman. "Everyone involved in this project have really been the salt of the earth. It's been for (survivors) that we've been pushing so hard to get this opened so quickly."

Gov. Pat Quinn called the museum and learning center "a hallowed place."

"It's very, very important that we understand that it's a museum where we remember and never forget," he said. "And it's also an education center where we bring young people and not so young people -- all of us coming together and learning the importance of tolerance, the importance of fortitude, the importance of standing up and making a stand to save human lives."

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/holocaustmuseum/1510223,sk-hologala-040309-s2.article

Friday, April 3, 2009

Israeli Ambassador to U.N. visits ADL-Occupied Boston Diocese, Boston College

Video here:

http://www.necn.com/Boston/New-England/2009/04/02/CatholicJewish-relations/1238722132.html


Catholic-Jewish relations discussed in Boston

(NECN: Alison King) - Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Gabriela Shalev was at Boston College Law School to speak to students about Israel and Middle East peace issues.

Shalev was a guest professor at the Catholic university, in the early eighties and her return, orchestrated by the anti-defamation league was a show of the strong Jewish-Catholic relationship that exists in Boston.

It’s a relationship that has been tested in recent months, following the decision in January by Pope Benedict to lift the excommunication of a holocaust-denying bishop: Richard Williamson.

Many Boston-area Jews have expressed outrage at the Catholic Church

But not ambassador Shalev.

Gabriela: We feel very strongly about denial of holocaust, but we have so many other conflicts that we are dealing with that I think this should be left behind.

The ambassador was joined by Boston Archbishop Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who was also invited to the event.

Cardinal Sean: I think everyone was shocked and disappointed that it took place, but no one who knows the holy father doubts his commitment to the good relations between Catholics and Jews.

Cardinal O’Malley says the commission that was advising the pope on this matter has been dissolved and turned over to a larger group of cardinals and bishops.

And he says, the pope's visit to Israel in May will go a long way to show the churches commitment to the Jewish people.

Cardinal Sean: I consider this a hiccup along the road. The relationships are there and they are important to us and I think that's why people reacted so strongly to this because the relationship is so strong.

Gabriela Shalev: We look very much forward to the visit of the Pope to Israel and you know there are many people who would like to welcome him. And we cherish and appreciate very much the good relations we have with our Catholic and Jewish friends?

http://www.necn.com/Boston/New-England/2009/04/02/CatholicJewish-relations/1238722132.html