Archive for October, 2007

Reform Congregation Nostalgic for Genocidal Racist Texts

October 31, 2007

The genocidal racial supremacism, pantheism, self-worship, sex magic, witchcraft, etc., of Kabbalah is making a comeback among Benedict’s elder brothers of the Reformed persuasion who previously distanced themselves from some of the dark elements of Orthodox Judaism.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz signs a copy of Opening Tanya, one of the 60 books he has authored, for Rabbi Claudio Kogan of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick

Scholars take separate paths into the mystic

by Debra Rubin
NJJN Bureau Chief/Middlesex
10.30.07

Rabbis from Orthodox and Reform backgrounds brought their insights into Jewish mysticism to a New Brunswick synagogue this month.

And while they may have started from very different places, they both arrived at a destination where those looking to rise above the material and ordinary could find resources in Jewish tradition.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, the noted Israeli scholar perhaps best known for his translation of the Talmud into modern Hebrew and English, spoke Oct. 17 at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick on How To Live a Spiritual Life in a Materialistic Time.

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, author of a series of influential books on Jewish mysticism and spirituality, spoke Oct. 22 on Kabbalah: A Reform Approach, reading passages from his book Kabbalah: A Love Story …

… “Real Kabala is when you use your study of Kabala to heal the divine,” said Kushner, the scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco and visiting professor of Jewish spirituality at the Graduate Theological University in Berkeley …

Those who for centuries performed mitzvot only for the sake of performing a mitzvot were, in essence, acting as “God”s chiropractors,” and expecting God to reply, “Thanks, I needed that,” he said.

Kushner said the practice of continually dissecting and “recreating ourselves” through the study of sacred texts is “an enterprise unique to Judaism.”

The master text of Kabala is the Zohar, a book once so revered that “for 400 years more Jews could quote Zohar than Talmud,” said Kushner.

Kabala, with its mystical overtones, bears a similarity to Eastern theology with its emphasis on the feminine dimension of the divine and infusion of divine presence into everyday events.

The erotic yearning that can be found on the Zohar”s pages, explained Kushner, can be interpreted as: “It makes me happier to do what my lover wants than what I want. In loving someone else, we have a heightened sense of self.”

Like Kushner, Steinsaltz also drew a connection between human action and divine reaction.

“Life is identical with the divine,” he said …

http://www.njjewishnews.com/njjn.com/110107/sxScholarsTakeSeparate.html

Reform Congregation Nostalgic for Genocidal Racist Texts

October 31, 2007

The genocidal racial supremacism, pantheism, self-worship, sex magic, witchcraft, etc., of Kabbalah is making a comeback among Benedict’s elder brothers of the Reformed persuasion who previously distanced themselves from some of the dark elements of Orthodox Judaism.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz signs a copy of Opening Tanya, one of the 60 books he has authored, for Rabbi Claudio Kogan of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick

Scholars take separate paths into the mystic

by Debra Rubin
NJJN Bureau Chief/Middlesex
10.30.07

Rabbis from Orthodox and Reform backgrounds brought their insights into Jewish mysticism to a New Brunswick synagogue this month.

And while they may have started from very different places, they both arrived at a destination where those looking to rise above the material and ordinary could find resources in Jewish tradition.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, the noted Israeli scholar perhaps best known for his translation of the Talmud into modern Hebrew and English, spoke Oct. 17 at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick on How To Live a Spiritual Life in a Materialistic Time.

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, author of a series of influential books on Jewish mysticism and spirituality, spoke Oct. 22 on Kabbalah: A Reform Approach, reading passages from his book Kabbalah: A Love Story …

… “Real Kabala is when you use your study of Kabala to heal the divine,” said Kushner, the scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco and visiting professor of Jewish spirituality at the Graduate Theological University in Berkeley …

Those who for centuries performed mitzvot only for the sake of performing a mitzvot were, in essence, acting as “God”s chiropractors,” and expecting God to reply, “Thanks, I needed that,” he said.

Kushner said the practice of continually dissecting and “recreating ourselves” through the study of sacred texts is “an enterprise unique to Judaism.”

The master text of Kabala is the Zohar, a book once so revered that “for 400 years more Jews could quote Zohar than Talmud,” said Kushner.

Kabala, with its mystical overtones, bears a similarity to Eastern theology with its emphasis on the feminine dimension of the divine and infusion of divine presence into everyday events.

The erotic yearning that can be found on the Zohar”s pages, explained Kushner, can be interpreted as: “It makes me happier to do what my lover wants than what I want. In loving someone else, we have a heightened sense of self.”

Like Kushner, Steinsaltz also drew a connection between human action and divine reaction.

“Life is identical with the divine,” he said …

http://www.njjewishnews.com/njjn.com/110107/sxScholarsTakeSeparate.html

Reform Congregation Nostalgic for Genocidal Racist Texts

October 31, 2007

The genocidal racial supremacism, pantheism, self-worship, sex magic, witchcraft, etc., of Kabbalah is making a comeback among Benedict’s elder brothers of the Reformed persuasion who previously distanced themselves from some of the dark elements of Orthodox Judaism.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz signs a copy of Opening Tanya, one of the 60 books he has authored, for Rabbi Claudio Kogan of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick

Scholars take separate paths into the mystic

by Debra Rubin
NJJN Bureau Chief/Middlesex
10.30.07

Rabbis from Orthodox and Reform backgrounds brought their insights into Jewish mysticism to a New Brunswick synagogue this month.

And while they may have started from very different places, they both arrived at a destination where those looking to rise above the material and ordinary could find resources in Jewish tradition.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, the noted Israeli scholar perhaps best known for his translation of the Talmud into modern Hebrew and English, spoke Oct. 17 at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick on How To Live a Spiritual Life in a Materialistic Time.

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, author of a series of influential books on Jewish mysticism and spirituality, spoke Oct. 22 on Kabbalah: A Reform Approach, reading passages from his book Kabbalah: A Love Story …

… “Real Kabala is when you use your study of Kabala to heal the divine,” said Kushner, the scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco and visiting professor of Jewish spirituality at the Graduate Theological University in Berkeley …

Those who for centuries performed mitzvot only for the sake of performing a mitzvot were, in essence, acting as “God”s chiropractors,” and expecting God to reply, “Thanks, I needed that,” he said.

Kushner said the practice of continually dissecting and “recreating ourselves” through the study of sacred texts is “an enterprise unique to Judaism.”

The master text of Kabala is the Zohar, a book once so revered that “for 400 years more Jews could quote Zohar than Talmud,” said Kushner.

Kabala, with its mystical overtones, bears a similarity to Eastern theology with its emphasis on the feminine dimension of the divine and infusion of divine presence into everyday events.

The erotic yearning that can be found on the Zohar”s pages, explained Kushner, can be interpreted as: “It makes me happier to do what my lover wants than what I want. In loving someone else, we have a heightened sense of self.”

Like Kushner, Steinsaltz also drew a connection between human action and divine reaction.

“Life is identical with the divine,” he said …

http://www.njjewishnews.com/njjn.com/110107/sxScholarsTakeSeparate.html

"Far Right" Gulled by Shape-Shifting Rabbi

October 30, 2007

Rabbi Sacks moves to the coagula stage of the solvae et coagula process and the dumb, transmuted goyim sing his praises on cue. It was the rabbis and their Masonic shabbat goys who brought the Muslim golem to Europe. Now they intend for white, European-descended, former Christians to be their golem against the “Muslim threat” of their creation. Such suckers. Your dark-age peasant forefathers had infinitely greater wisdom than the most highly “educated” of your lot. It was in opposition to the rabbis that Western Civilization was built, not with them. Rabbi Sacks hasn’t given up his backwards, tribal tradition, but you’re divorced from your great tradition and all of the wisdom inherent to it. If you continue in such a state your failure is guaranteed.

Far right praises British chief rabbi

Published: 10/29/2007

A new book by Britain’s chief rabbi has received accolades from the far right for his views on multiculturalism.

In “The Home We Build Together: Recreating Society,” released on Oct. 25, Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks writes that multiculturalism encourages individual ethnic groups to define themselves as victims and has led to segregation instead of integration.

After excerpts of the book were printed in the London Times, message boards for far right groups such as Stormfront White Nationalist Community included comments saying that Sacks’ work was helping them out “big time” even though he was a Jew.

Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party, Britain’s most mainstream and organized far-right political party, called the book “important and welcome.”

But London’s Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron, a strong supporter of Britain’s Jewish community, criticized the work, saying that attacks on multiculturalism feed on ignorance about other cultures and religious faiths, which can lead to intolerance. Other human rights groups have accused the chief rabbi of making the statements merely to garner publicity for the book.

In his defense, Sacks told the Jewish News in London that he saw multiculturalism as a form of separation and stressed that he was proposing the creation of a unifying culture, calling for a “national Britishness day.”

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/104927.html

"Far Right" Gulled by Shape-Shifting Rabbi

October 30, 2007

Rabbi Sacks moves to the coagula stage of the solvae et coagula process and the dumb, transmuted goyim sing his praises on cue. It was the rabbis and their Masonic shabbat goys who brought the Muslim golem to Europe. Now they intend for white, European-descended, former Christians to be their golem against the “Muslim threat” of their creation. Such suckers. Your dark-age peasant forefathers had infinitely greater wisdom than the most highly “educated” of your lot. It was in opposition to the rabbis that Western Civilization was built, not with them. Rabbi Sacks hasn’t given up his backwards, tribal tradition, but you’re divorced from your great tradition and all of the wisdom inherent to it. If you continue in such a state your failure is guaranteed.

Far right praises British chief rabbi

Published: 10/29/2007

A new book by Britain’s chief rabbi has received accolades from the far right for his views on multiculturalism.

In “The Home We Build Together: Recreating Society,” released on Oct. 25, Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks writes that multiculturalism encourages individual ethnic groups to define themselves as victims and has led to segregation instead of integration.

After excerpts of the book were printed in the London Times, message boards for far right groups such as Stormfront White Nationalist Community included comments saying that Sacks’ work was helping them out “big time” even though he was a Jew.

Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party, Britain’s most mainstream and organized far-right political party, called the book “important and welcome.”

But London’s Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron, a strong supporter of Britain’s Jewish community, criticized the work, saying that attacks on multiculturalism feed on ignorance about other cultures and religious faiths, which can lead to intolerance. Other human rights groups have accused the chief rabbi of making the statements merely to garner publicity for the book.

In his defense, Sacks told the Jewish News in London that he saw multiculturalism as a form of separation and stressed that he was proposing the creation of a unifying culture, calling for a “national Britishness day.”

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/104927.html

Judaic B’nai B’rith Co-Author of Vatican II Document, Nostra Aetate Dead

October 29, 2007

Ernst Ehrlich, 86; Jewish Religious Philosopher

Associated Press
Thursday, October 25, 2007; Page B07

GENEVA — Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich, a Jewish religious philosopher who escaped the Nazis and became a European bridge builder between Christians and Jews, has died. He was 86.

Ehrlich died Sunday at his home in Riehen, a suburb of Basel, according to the family notice in Swiss newspapers.

The Berlin-born Ehrlich studied at the Higher Institute for Jewish Studies, Rabbi Leo Baeck’s rabbinical seminary, until the Nazis closed it in 1942.

The Nazis forced him into labor until he found shelter with a Berlin couple and was smuggled into Switzerland.

He obtained his doctorate at Basel and later taught at universities in Switzerland and Germany. From 1961 to 1994, he was European director of the Independent Order of B’nai B’rith, founded in New York in 1843.

At the Second Vatican Council in 1965, he served as adviser to German Cardinal Augustin Bea in preparing “Nostra Aetate,” a key document on Roman Catholic-Jewish relations.

Rabbi Walter Homolka, rector of Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam, Germany, eulogized Ehrlich as being “the bridge to Jewish heritage before the Holocaust” and an important liberal thinker.

Ehrlich was the author of several books on Judaism and was credited by the Free University of Berlin with “influencing generations of scientists.”

Ehrlich is survived by his wife and a daughter.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/24/AR2007102402460.html

From The Times of London:

… As a pioneer of inter-religious dialogue, Ehrlich knew and worked with some of the most influential Roman Catholics of the Second Vatican Council. In 1965 he was one of Cardinal Augustin Bea’s advisers in the preparation of Nostra aetate, the document which helped to establish a fresh start in Judeo-Catholic relations. Most importantly, it rejected the age-old accusation that the Jews were responsible for the death of Christ. With the Swiss cardinal, Dr Franz König, he published a document which outlined what they saw as the shared future between Christians and Jews: Die Juden und Christen haben eine Zukunft became another key work of inter- religious dialogue. Ehrlich was also a close friend of the French cardinal and convert from Judaism, Jean-Marie Lustiger (obituary, August 9, 2007).

Both men worked tirelessly on improving relations between their respective faiths, and the fact that both men had lost their mothers in Auschwitz drew them even closer together.

In 2000 Ehrlich spoke out vocally against the proposed beatification of Pope Pius IX, whose anti-Semitism he condemned. He argued that such a move would undo the work that had been invested in improving the relationship between Roman Catholicism and Judaism …

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article2758572.ece

The B’nai B’rith (Judaic Freemasonry) member, Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich was an expert at the fourth annual meeting of the International Catholic/Jewish Liaison Committee in Rome on January 7-10, 1975:

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/relations-jews-docs/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_19750110_setting-commission_en.html

and also at the 17th meeting of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee on May 1-3, 2001 in New York City, the main theme of which was “Repentance and Reconciliation”:

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/relations-jews-docs/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_20010504_new-york-meeting_en.html

“… if one is to judge by the Council vote of 1964 [in confirmation of Nostra Aetate], the desiderata of Jules Isaac, the B’nai B’rith and the World Jewish Congress weighed heavier in the minds of the 1,300 bishops and Council fathers than the Evangelists, than St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Great–and practically all of the doctors of the Church and all the Popes–who elaborated the doctrine which is today denounced by Jules Isaac and others as particularly harmful.” (Judaism and the Vatican, Vicomte Leon De Poncins, p.130)

Judaic B’nai B’rith Co-Author of Vatican II Document, Nostra Aetate Dead

October 29, 2007

Ernst Ehrlich, 86; Jewish Religious Philosopher

Associated Press
Thursday, October 25, 2007; Page B07

GENEVA — Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich, a Jewish religious philosopher who escaped the Nazis and became a European bridge builder between Christians and Jews, has died. He was 86.

Ehrlich died Sunday at his home in Riehen, a suburb of Basel, according to the family notice in Swiss newspapers.

The Berlin-born Ehrlich studied at the Higher Institute for Jewish Studies, Rabbi Leo Baeck’s rabbinical seminary, until the Nazis closed it in 1942.

The Nazis forced him into labor until he found shelter with a Berlin couple and was smuggled into Switzerland.

He obtained his doctorate at Basel and later taught at universities in Switzerland and Germany. From 1961 to 1994, he was European director of the Independent Order of B’nai B’rith, founded in New York in 1843.

At the Second Vatican Council in 1965, he served as adviser to German Cardinal Augustin Bea in preparing “Nostra Aetate,” a key document on Roman Catholic-Jewish relations.

Rabbi Walter Homolka, rector of Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam, Germany, eulogized Ehrlich as being “the bridge to Jewish heritage before the Holocaust” and an important liberal thinker.

Ehrlich was the author of several books on Judaism and was credited by the Free University of Berlin with “influencing generations of scientists.”

Ehrlich is survived by his wife and a daughter.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/24/AR2007102402460.html

From The Times of London:

… As a pioneer of inter-religious dialogue, Ehrlich knew and worked with some of the most influential Roman Catholics of the Second Vatican Council. In 1965 he was one of Cardinal Augustin Bea’s advisers in the preparation of Nostra aetate, the document which helped to establish a fresh start in Judeo-Catholic relations. Most importantly, it rejected the age-old accusation that the Jews were responsible for the death of Christ. With the Swiss cardinal, Dr Franz König, he published a document which outlined what they saw as the shared future between Christians and Jews: Die Juden und Christen haben eine Zukunft became another key work of inter- religious dialogue. Ehrlich was also a close friend of the French cardinal and convert from Judaism, Jean-Marie Lustiger (obituary, August 9, 2007).

Both men worked tirelessly on improving relations between their respective faiths, and the fact that both men had lost their mothers in Auschwitz drew them even closer together.

In 2000 Ehrlich spoke out vocally against the proposed beatification of Pope Pius IX, whose anti-Semitism he condemned. He argued that such a move would undo the work that had been invested in improving the relationship between Roman Catholicism and Judaism …

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article2758572.ece

The B’nai B’rith (Judaic Freemasonry) member, Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich was an expert at the fourth annual meeting of the International Catholic/Jewish Liaison Committee in Rome on January 7-10, 1975:

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/relations-jews-docs/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_19750110_setting-commission_en.html

and also at the 17th meeting of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee on May 1-3, 2001 in New York City, the main theme of which was “Repentance and Reconciliation”:

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/relations-jews-docs/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_20010504_new-york-meeting_en.html

“… if one is to judge by the Council vote of 1964 [in confirmation of Nostra Aetate], the desiderata of Jules Isaac, the B’nai B’rith and the World Jewish Congress weighed heavier in the minds of the 1,300 bishops and Council fathers than the Evangelists, than St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Great–and practically all of the doctors of the Church and all the Popes–who elaborated the doctrine which is today denounced by Jules Isaac and others as particularly harmful.” (Judaism and the Vatican, Vicomte Leon De Poncins, p.130)

Judaic B’nai B’rith Co-Author of Vatican II Document, Nostra Aetate Dead

October 29, 2007

Ernst Ehrlich, 86; Jewish Religious Philosopher

Associated Press
Thursday, October 25, 2007; Page B07

GENEVA — Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich, a Jewish religious philosopher who escaped the Nazis and became a European bridge builder between Christians and Jews, has died. He was 86.

Ehrlich died Sunday at his home in Riehen, a suburb of Basel, according to the family notice in Swiss newspapers.

The Berlin-born Ehrlich studied at the Higher Institute for Jewish Studies, Rabbi Leo Baeck’s rabbinical seminary, until the Nazis closed it in 1942.

The Nazis forced him into labor until he found shelter with a Berlin couple and was smuggled into Switzerland.

He obtained his doctorate at Basel and later taught at universities in Switzerland and Germany. From 1961 to 1994, he was European director of the Independent Order of B’nai B’rith, founded in New York in 1843.

At the Second Vatican Council in 1965, he served as adviser to German Cardinal Augustin Bea in preparing “Nostra Aetate,” a key document on Roman Catholic-Jewish relations.

Rabbi Walter Homolka, rector of Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam, Germany, eulogized Ehrlich as being “the bridge to Jewish heritage before the Holocaust” and an important liberal thinker.

Ehrlich was the author of several books on Judaism and was credited by the Free University of Berlin with “influencing generations of scientists.”

Ehrlich is survived by his wife and a daughter.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/24/AR2007102402460.html

From The Times of London:

… As a pioneer of inter-religious dialogue, Ehrlich knew and worked with some of the most influential Roman Catholics of the Second Vatican Council. In 1965 he was one of Cardinal Augustin Bea’s advisers in the preparation of Nostra aetate, the document which helped to establish a fresh start in Judeo-Catholic relations. Most importantly, it rejected the age-old accusation that the Jews were responsible for the death of Christ. With the Swiss cardinal, Dr Franz König, he published a document which outlined what they saw as the shared future between Christians and Jews: Die Juden und Christen haben eine Zukunft became another key work of inter- religious dialogue. Ehrlich was also a close friend of the French cardinal and convert from Judaism, Jean-Marie Lustiger (obituary, August 9, 2007).

Both men worked tirelessly on improving relations between their respective faiths, and the fact that both men had lost their mothers in Auschwitz drew them even closer together.

In 2000 Ehrlich spoke out vocally against the proposed beatification of Pope Pius IX, whose anti-Semitism he condemned. He argued that such a move would undo the work that had been invested in improving the relationship between Roman Catholicism and Judaism …

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article2758572.ece

The B’nai B’rith (Judaic Freemasonry) member, Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich was an expert at the fourth annual meeting of the International Catholic/Jewish Liaison Committee in Rome on January 7-10, 1975:

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/relations-jews-docs/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_19750110_setting-commission_en.html

and also at the 17th meeting of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee on May 1-3, 2001 in New York City, the main theme of which was “Repentance and Reconciliation”:

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/relations-jews-docs/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_20010504_new-york-meeting_en.html

… if one is to judge by the Council vote of 1964 [in confirmation of Nostra Aetate], the desiderata of Jules Isaac, the B’nai B’rith and the World Jewish Congress weighed heavier in the minds of the 1,300 bishops and Council fathers than the Evangelists, than St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Great–and practically all of the doctors of the Church and all the Popes–who elaborated the doctrine which is today denounced by Jules Isaac and others as particularly harmful. (Judaism and the Vatican, Vicomte Leon De Poncins, p.130)

How to Market Saint JPII

October 27, 2007

‘Trippy’ video in push to canonise Pope

* Ben Dowell
* Guardian Unlimited
* Thursday October 25 2007

… The Vatican’s record label is orchestrating an online campaign to push a DVD celebrating the life of the late Pope John Paul II to move public opinion in favour of canonising him, MediaGuardian.co.uk can reveal.

The release of the DVD, which is being produced by St Paul Multimedia, the Vatican’s record label, will be accompanied by a website, http://www.santosubitoonline.com, on which the faithful will be encouraged to register their support for his sainthood.

Santo Subito means “Make him a saint quickly” …

“What better way to do it than by a music film like this and using the internet to push his canonisation?”

The DVD and online campaign are aimed at appealing directly to the young and the choice of British composer Simon Boswell was also a factor, according to Vatican sources.

His work features digitally enhanced recordings of John Paul II’s voice alongside “trance-like drum grooves” and “trippy” images of the late Pontiff.

It is also a first for the Vatican because it has allowed Boswell to work musically with the Pope’s voice, which is the copyright of the church, in some case altering its rhythms.

“The images, celebrating many moments from his life, have been digitally enhanced and are quite cutting edge,” said Boswell, the composer of innovative soundtracks for films such as Hardware, Shallow Grave and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

On the DVD John Paul II is heard singing on at least two tracks. In one section he is heard recalling Isaiah’s cry to “Go up on a high mountain” and to “Shout without fear” accompanied by images of the Pope not out of place in a rave video and also the kind of music not normally associated with the Catholic liturgy.

In another section of the DVD, John Paul’s visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp is accompanied by a piece for solo guitar and strings and featuring his cry, “No more war”.

The Pope DVD is released worldwide next month by Universal Video. Record company insiders say they hope to sell many millions of copies.

“They are marketing the Pope with the same verve that they would market any popular artist,” one insider said.

The DVD release is also expected to be followed by a series of stadium concerts around the world, involving a full orchestra conducted by Boswell and featuring John Paul II as a virtual presence on a large screen. The first concert will be held in Milan near the city’s cathedral …

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/oct/25/digitalmedia.religion?gusrc=rss&feed=media

How to Market Saint JPII

October 27, 2007

‘Trippy’ video in push to canonise Pope

* Ben Dowell
* Guardian Unlimited
* Thursday October 25 2007

… The Vatican’s record label is orchestrating an online campaign to push a DVD celebrating the life of the late Pope John Paul II to move public opinion in favour of canonising him, MediaGuardian.co.uk can reveal.

The release of the DVD, which is being produced by St Paul Multimedia, the Vatican’s record label, will be accompanied by a website, http://www.santosubitoonline.com, on which the faithful will be encouraged to register their support for his sainthood.

Santo Subito means “Make him a saint quickly” …

“What better way to do it than by a music film like this and using the internet to push his canonisation?”

The DVD and online campaign are aimed at appealing directly to the young and the choice of British composer Simon Boswell was also a factor, according to Vatican sources.

His work features digitally enhanced recordings of John Paul II’s voice alongside “trance-like drum grooves” and “trippy” images of the late Pontiff.

It is also a first for the Vatican because it has allowed Boswell to work musically with the Pope’s voice, which is the copyright of the church, in some case altering its rhythms.

“The images, celebrating many moments from his life, have been digitally enhanced and are quite cutting edge,” said Boswell, the composer of innovative soundtracks for films such as Hardware, Shallow Grave and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

On the DVD John Paul II is heard singing on at least two tracks. In one section he is heard recalling Isaiah’s cry to “Go up on a high mountain” and to “Shout without fear” accompanied by images of the Pope not out of place in a rave video and also the kind of music not normally associated with the Catholic liturgy.

In another section of the DVD, John Paul’s visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp is accompanied by a piece for solo guitar and strings and featuring his cry, “No more war”.

The Pope DVD is released worldwide next month by Universal Video. Record company insiders say they hope to sell many millions of copies.

“They are marketing the Pope with the same verve that they would market any popular artist,” one insider said.

The DVD release is also expected to be followed by a series of stadium concerts around the world, involving a full orchestra conducted by Boswell and featuring John Paul II as a virtual presence on a large screen. The first concert will be held in Milan near the city’s cathedral …

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/oct/25/digitalmedia.religion?gusrc=rss&feed=media