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Cardinal Vingt-Trois: "Being a Catholic is Radically Incompatible With Denying the Holocaust"

March 31, 2009
“Let this be another opportunity to recall — whether the time is right or not — that being a Catholic is radically incompatible with denying the Holocaust …”
Cardinals Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson and Vingt-Trois, at New York Museum of Jewish Heritage. Note the hidden pectoral crosses. Holocaustolatry affirmed, Christ denied. (full size image HERE)

From David G. Marwell, Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage (Holocaustolatry indoctrination center):

I have already written several time about Father Patrick Desbois and his important work. Our exhibition, The Shooting of Jews in Ukraine: Holocaust by Bullets, closed today. Among its last visitors was a delegation of Catholic leaders, who were shown through the exhibition by Father Desbois. The delegation, led by the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Vingt-Trois, included a number of Cardinals and Bishops, primarily from France, who came to New York to visit the Museum and meet with Jewish leaders.

Here is an excerpt from my welcoming remarks:

When Father Patrick Desbois called me several weeks ago and announced that he would like to bring a group of high church officials to the Museum, I immediately said yes. After all, it was here in the Museum, in 2005, that Father Desbois first described to the Jewish world the full scope of his undertaking –locating and identifying the graves of Jews murdered by the Germans in Ukraine during the Holocaust. And it was it was the Museum that became the first American venue to host the remarkable exhibition that details Father Desbois’s work.

I immediately said yes because we have always sought a close connection with the Catholic Church, indeed John Cardinal O’Connor spoke at the dedication of our Museum and forged our connection with the schools of the Archdiocese, stating that it was his desire that every student from every Catholic school visit the Museum. And since then, thousands of Catholic students and their teachers have come to the Museum and learned about a painful and difficult history. They have learned about this history because people like Cardinal O’Connor – and Father Desbois — recognized that, to become a good man or woman, to become a good citizen, to become a good Catholic, one must learn about and learn from perhaps the darkest moment in human history.

And so, we welcome this group of distinguished leaders to our Museum as we continue to carry out our crucial mission. And we welcome them at a particularly painful moment as we try to absorb the still stinging news that a reinstated Church leader, Bishop Richard Williamson, has publicly denied a history that any recent graduate of a New York Archdiocese school knows to be true and irrefutable.

We welcome our guests knowing that, by their visit, they send an undeniable message to all that there is no room for Williamson’s message, or that of others like him, in the hearts and minds of good men and women, of good citizens of the world.

Speaking before the press after touring the exhibition, Cardinal Vingt-Trois made a very strong statement on the subject of Holocaust denial:

Let this be another opportunity to recall — whether the time is right or not — that being a Catholic is radically incompatible with denying the Holocaust, and that recent statements have caused suffering among our Jewish brothers as well as among many Catholics.

Original at:

The Visit of the Cardinals

Speaking at the “United States Holocaust Memorial Museum” in 2008, Cardinal Vingt-Trois proclaimed that he was making his best effort to indoctrinate Catholic children into Holocaustolatry:

Together with the French bishops who are with me here tonight, I then want to say how determined we are to see to it that the facts about the Shoah are taught by our Church, at the level of both academic studies and the education of all Catholics, adults as well as young people … We will have to find means to make sure that the younger generations learn the history of the Shoah and thus realize what deadly sins were then committed …Concerning the knowledge of the Shoah among adult and young Catholics, the Church in France is firmly resolute to make her best effort. The goal is to educate and – if I may say so – refine consciousness. We have in Paris a significant institution: the Museum of the Shoah. It can teach school groups and families what the Shoah was actually like, and what our Jewish brothers and sisters had to undergo. This is certainly no substitute for the trip which I have already mentioned to Auschwitz, and which I strongly encourage state school chaplaincies and Catholic schools to organize. Within the frame of catechism, we strive (I dare say with all our might) to offer programs that may help the children and teenagers realize that the Jews make up a living people and remain the partners of God’s Covenant with their forebears, and that this Covenant is vital to a Christian understanding of God’s relationship to all men and to the salvation of humankind. We consider it our duty to make it crystal clear that racism and anti-Semitism are serious sins. Awareness of how deadly the sin of anti-Semitism is was brought about by the discovery of the horror of the Shoah. This established fact must now be transmitted to the younger generations, and I am convinced that the knowledge of history is the best means to fulfill our mission …

http://www.ushmm.org/research/center/church/vingttrois/

Cardinal Vingt-Trois: "Being a Catholic is Radically Incompatible With Denying the Holocaust"

March 31, 2009
“Let this be another opportunity to recall — whether the time is right or not — that being a Catholic is radically incompatible with denying the Holocaust …”
Cardinals Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson and Vingt-Trois, at New York Museum of Jewish Heritage. Note the hidden pectoral crosses. Holocaustolatry affirmed, Christ denied. (full size image HERE)

From David G. Marwell, Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage (Holocaustolatry indoctrination center):

I have already written several time about Father Patrick Desbois and his important work. Our exhibition, The Shooting of Jews in Ukraine: Holocaust by Bullets, closed today. Among its last visitors was a delegation of Catholic leaders, who were shown through the exhibition by Father Desbois. The delegation, led by the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Vingt-Trois, included a number of Cardinals and Bishops, primarily from France, who came to New York to visit the Museum and meet with Jewish leaders.

Here is an excerpt from my welcoming remarks:

When Father Patrick Desbois called me several weeks ago and announced that he would like to bring a group of high church officials to the Museum, I immediately said yes. After all, it was here in the Museum, in 2005, that Father Desbois first described to the Jewish world the full scope of his undertaking –locating and identifying the graves of Jews murdered by the Germans in Ukraine during the Holocaust. And it was it was the Museum that became the first American venue to host the remarkable exhibition that details Father Desbois’s work.

I immediately said yes because we have always sought a close connection with the Catholic Church, indeed John Cardinal O’Connor spoke at the dedication of our Museum and forged our connection with the schools of the Archdiocese, stating that it was his desire that every student from every Catholic school visit the Museum. And since then, thousands of Catholic students and their teachers have come to the Museum and learned about a painful and difficult history. They have learned about this history because people like Cardinal O’Connor – and Father Desbois — recognized that, to become a good man or woman, to become a good citizen, to become a good Catholic, one must learn about and learn from perhaps the darkest moment in human history.

And so, we welcome this group of distinguished leaders to our Museum as we continue to carry out our crucial mission. And we welcome them at a particularly painful moment as we try to absorb the still stinging news that a reinstated Church leader, Bishop Richard Williamson, has publicly denied a history that any recent graduate of a New York Archdiocese school knows to be true and irrefutable.

We welcome our guests knowing that, by their visit, they send an undeniable message to all that there is no room for Williamson’s message, or that of others like him, in the hearts and minds of good men and women, of good citizens of the world.

Speaking before the press after touring the exhibition, Cardinal Vingt-Trois made a very strong statement on the subject of Holocaust denial:

Let this be another opportunity to recall — whether the time is right or not — that being a Catholic is radically incompatible with denying the Holocaust, and that recent statements have caused suffering among our Jewish brothers as well as among many Catholics.

Original at:

The Visit of the Cardinals

Speaking at the “United States Holocaust Memorial Museum” in 2008, Cardinal Vingt-Trois proclaimed that he was making his best effort to indoctrinate Catholic children into Holocaustolatry:

Together with the French bishops who are with me here tonight, I then want to say how determined we are to see to it that the facts about the Shoah are taught by our Church, at the level of both academic studies and the education of all Catholics, adults as well as young people … We will have to find means to make sure that the younger generations learn the history of the Shoah and thus realize what deadly sins were then committed …Concerning the knowledge of the Shoah among adult and young Catholics, the Church in France is firmly resolute to make her best effort. The goal is to educate and – if I may say so – refine consciousness. We have in Paris a significant institution: the Museum of the Shoah. It can teach school groups and families what the Shoah was actually like, and what our Jewish brothers and sisters had to undergo. This is certainly no substitute for the trip which I have already mentioned to Auschwitz, and which I strongly encourage state school chaplaincies and Catholic schools to organize. Within the frame of catechism, we strive (I dare say with all our might) to offer programs that may help the children and teenagers realize that the Jews make up a living people and remain the partners of God’s Covenant with their forebears, and that this Covenant is vital to a Christian understanding of God’s relationship to all men and to the salvation of humankind. We consider it our duty to make it crystal clear that racism and anti-Semitism are serious sins. Awareness of how deadly the sin of anti-Semitism is was brought about by the discovery of the horror of the Shoah. This established fact must now be transmitted to the younger generations, and I am convinced that the knowledge of history is the best means to fulfill our mission …

http://www.ushmm.org/research/center/church/vingttrois/

Cardinal Vingt-Trois: "Being a Catholic is Radically Incompatible With Denying the Holocaust"

March 31, 2009
“Let this be another opportunity to recall — whether the time is right or not — that being a Catholic is radically incompatible with denying the Holocaust …”
Cardinals Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson and Vingt-Trois, at New York Museum of Jewish Heritage. Note the hidden pectoral crosses. Holocaustolatry affirmed, Christ denied. (full size image HERE)

From David G. Marwell, Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage (Holocaustolatry indoctrination center):

I have already written several time about Father Patrick Desbois and his important work. Our exhibition, The Shooting of Jews in Ukraine: Holocaust by Bullets, closed today. Among its last visitors was a delegation of Catholic leaders, who were shown through the exhibition by Father Desbois. The delegation, led by the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Vingt-Trois, included a number of Cardinals and Bishops, primarily from France, who came to New York to visit the Museum and meet with Jewish leaders.

Here is an excerpt from my welcoming remarks:

When Father Patrick Desbois called me several weeks ago and announced that he would like to bring a group of high church officials to the Museum, I immediately said yes. After all, it was here in the Museum, in 2005, that Father Desbois first described to the Jewish world the full scope of his undertaking –locating and identifying the graves of Jews murdered by the Germans in Ukraine during the Holocaust. And it was it was the Museum that became the first American venue to host the remarkable exhibition that details Father Desbois’s work.

I immediately said yes because we have always sought a close connection with the Catholic Church, indeed John Cardinal O’Connor spoke at the dedication of our Museum and forged our connection with the schools of the Archdiocese, stating that it was his desire that every student from every Catholic school visit the Museum. And since then, thousands of Catholic students and their teachers have come to the Museum and learned about a painful and difficult history. They have learned about this history because people like Cardinal O’Connor – and Father Desbois — recognized that, to become a good man or woman, to become a good citizen, to become a good Catholic, one must learn about and learn from perhaps the darkest moment in human history.

And so, we welcome this group of distinguished leaders to our Museum as we continue to carry out our crucial mission. And we welcome them at a particularly painful moment as we try to absorb the still stinging news that a reinstated Church leader, Bishop Richard Williamson, has publicly denied a history that any recent graduate of a New York Archdiocese school knows to be true and irrefutable.

We welcome our guests knowing that, by their visit, they send an undeniable message to all that there is no room for Williamson’s message, or that of others like him, in the hearts and minds of good men and women, of good citizens of the world.

Speaking before the press after touring the exhibition, Cardinal Vingt-Trois made a very strong statement on the subject of Holocaust denial:

Let this be another opportunity to recall — whether the time is right or not — that being a Catholic is radically incompatible with denying the Holocaust, and that recent statements have caused suffering among our Jewish brothers as well as among many Catholics.

Original at:

The Visit of the Cardinals

Speaking at the “United States Holocaust Memorial Museum” in 2008, Cardinal Vingt-Trois proclaimed that he was making his best effort to indoctrinate Catholic children into Holocaustolatry:

Together with the French bishops who are with me here tonight, I then want to say how determined we are to see to it that the facts about the Shoah are taught by our Church, at the level of both academic studies and the education of all Catholics, adults as well as young people … We will have to find means to make sure that the younger generations learn the history of the Shoah and thus realize what deadly sins were then committed …Concerning the knowledge of the Shoah among adult and young Catholics, the Church in France is firmly resolute to make her best effort. The goal is to educate and – if I may say so – refine consciousness. We have in Paris a significant institution: the Museum of the Shoah. It can teach school groups and families what the Shoah was actually like, and what our Jewish brothers and sisters had to undergo. This is certainly no substitute for the trip which I have already mentioned to Auschwitz, and which I strongly encourage state school chaplaincies and Catholic schools to organize. Within the frame of catechism, we strive (I dare say with all our might) to offer programs that may help the children and teenagers realize that the Jews make up a living people and remain the partners of God’s Covenant with their forebears, and that this Covenant is vital to a Christian understanding of God’s relationship to all men and to the salvation of humankind. We consider it our duty to make it crystal clear that racism and anti-Semitism are serious sins. Awareness of how deadly the sin of anti-Semitism is was brought about by the discovery of the horror of the Shoah. This established fact must now be transmitted to the younger generations, and I am convinced that the knowledge of history is the best means to fulfill our mission …

http://www.ushmm.org/research/center/church/vingttrois/

Bishops, Rabbis "Dialogue" at Yeshiva University Again

March 31, 2009

This is a continuation of the Jean-Marie Lustiger/World Jewish Congress organized event which has cardinals and rabbis studying Talmud together, the beginnings of which is documented here:

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

Lustiger’s NY Yeshiva Tour, Endorsement of Chabad Lubavitch as Religious Model

Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard of the Ecclesia Dei commission which oversees all matters pertaining to the Latin Mass was in attendance once again.

Bishops Dialogue With US Jewish Leaders

Archbishop of Paris Leads Delegation

PARIS, MARCH 27, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A dozen cardinals and bishops from around the world visited New York this week to meet with some of the highest authorities of orthodox Judaism there.

A communiqué published Thursday by the Archdiocese of Paris, reported that the delegation, led by Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, archbishop of Paris and president of the episcopal conference of France, was composed of prelates from Europe, Asia and Africa.

The meetings ended Wednesday and took place “within John Paul II’s and Benedict XVI’s action to build an effective fraternity with our elder brothers in the faith,” the note said.

The prelates were received Monday at New York’s Jewish Heritage Museum by Rabbi Israel Remedar, former president of the World Jewish Congress, and Rabbi Bernard Lander, founder-president of Touro College.

They visited an exhibit on the million and a half Ukrainian Jews who were killed between 1941 and 1944. They also met privately with some of the highest authorities of Yeshiva University, whose teaching is focused on the theme “Bringing Wisdom to Life.”

The note explained that the meetings, initiated in 2003 by Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger of Paris, who died in 2007, are “a form of religious and pastoral dialogue,” dictated by the common necessity “religious brotherhood at the service of society.”

“The extremely cordial climate, the mutual trust built over many years, the growing depth and frankness of the exchanges, confirm the absolutely unique character of these meetings, more than 40 years after the ‘Nostra Aetate’ declaration of Vatican Council II,” explained the communiqué of the Diocese of Paris.

The prelates also stopped in Washington, D.C., to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum and meet with the bishops of the U.S. episcopal conference. Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the conference’s president, personally greeted the prelates.

http://www.zenit.org/article-25497?l=english

More detailed itinerary in French here:

http://eucharistiemisericor.free.fr/index.php?page=1703092_card_vingt_trois

Bishops, Rabbis "Dialogue" at Yeshiva University Again

March 31, 2009

This is a continuation of the Jean-Marie Lustiger/World Jewish Congress organized event which has cardinals and rabbis studying Talmud together, the beginnings of which is documented here:

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

Lustiger’s NY Yeshiva Tour, Endorsement of Chabad Lubavitch as Religious Model

Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard of the Ecclesia Dei commission which oversees all matters pertaining to the Latin Mass was in attendance once again.

Bishops Dialogue With US Jewish Leaders

Archbishop of Paris Leads Delegation

PARIS, MARCH 27, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A dozen cardinals and bishops from around the world visited New York this week to meet with some of the highest authorities of orthodox Judaism there.

A communiqué published Thursday by the Archdiocese of Paris, reported that the delegation, led by Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, archbishop of Paris and president of the episcopal conference of France, was composed of prelates from Europe, Asia and Africa.

The meetings ended Wednesday and took place “within John Paul II’s and Benedict XVI’s action to build an effective fraternity with our elder brothers in the faith,” the note said.

The prelates were received Monday at New York’s Jewish Heritage Museum by Rabbi Israel Remedar, former president of the World Jewish Congress, and Rabbi Bernard Lander, founder-president of Touro College.

They visited an exhibit on the million and a half Ukrainian Jews who were killed between 1941 and 1944. They also met privately with some of the highest authorities of Yeshiva University, whose teaching is focused on the theme “Bringing Wisdom to Life.”

The note explained that the meetings, initiated in 2003 by Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger of Paris, who died in 2007, are “a form of religious and pastoral dialogue,” dictated by the common necessity “religious brotherhood at the service of society.”

“The extremely cordial climate, the mutual trust built over many years, the growing depth and frankness of the exchanges, confirm the absolutely unique character of these meetings, more than 40 years after the ‘Nostra Aetate’ declaration of Vatican Council II,” explained the communiqué of the Diocese of Paris.

The prelates also stopped in Washington, D.C., to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum and meet with the bishops of the U.S. episcopal conference. Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, the conference’s president, personally greeted the prelates.

http://www.zenit.org/article-25497?l=english

More detailed itinerary in French here:

http://eucharistiemisericor.free.fr/index.php?page=1703092_card_vingt_trois

Cardinals Kasper, O’Malley Enshrine "Holocaust" in Boston

March 25, 2009
“No Holocaust denial — which is a new injustice to the victims — can be allowed or permitted … “It’s absolutely clear that a Holocaust denier can’t have a room, a space in the Catholic church,””


Top Vatican liaison to Jews rededicates Massachusetts menorah in memory of Holocaust victims

March 25, 2009

Michael Paulson – Boston Globe

BRAINTREE _ With a touch of flickering flame to the top of a bronze candelabrum, a key Vatican official today sought to reassure the Jewish community that there is no room in the Catholic church for anti-Semitism or Holocaust denial.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, who is Pope Benedict XVI’s top advisor on Catholic-Jewish relations, yesterday visited the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Boston and took several steps to calm the controversy that has erupted since the pope lifted the excommunication of four traditionalist bishops, one of whom denies that the Nazis used gas chambers to kill Jews. Over a salmon lunch with 50 Jewish community leaders, Kasper fielded a series of tough questions about the Vatican’s actions; he then joined a ceremony to rededicate a Holocaust memorial, originally located at the former archdiocesan headquarters in Brighton, which depicts six men and women holding torches to represent the six million Jews killed during World War II.

“The memory of what happened, now 65 years ago, can not be forgotten,” Kasper told a crowd of about 200 at the rededication ceremony, including multiple priests and rabbis, several Holocaust survivors, and the consuls-general of Israel and Germany. “No Holocaust denial — which is a new injustice to the victims — can be allowed or permitted.”

But the raw emotions exposed by the controversy over Bishop Richard Williamson of the Society of St. Pius X were clear. Israel Arbeiter, the president of the Boston chapter of the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, recounted the deaths of his parents and brother in concentration camps, and his own witnessing of the remains of Jews killed in gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau, before addressing Kasper and saying, “Your Eminence, pain and suffering have been inflicted again on the Holocaust survivors by a representative of the church, namely, Bishop Williamson, and by the action and inaction by Pope Benedict XVI.”

Arbeiter also praised the Catholic church, calling the visit of Kasper “deeply meaningful,” referring to Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston as a friend, and saying that the pope has taken a number of constructive steps in recent weeks to address the controversy. But he said he would like to hear the pope directly refute the claim by Williamson that gas chambers were not used by the Nazis.

“Sixty-nine years after the liberation of Auschwitz, with all the available documentation, confirmation by the German government, testimony by the perpetrators, Bishop Williamson still denies the truth, the fact of the Holocaust,” he said. “…I will never understand that he denies that there were ever gas chambers, that Jewish people were gassed and murdered…I wonder whether Bishop Williamson knows where my parents and my brother are.”

Local Jewish and Catholic community leaders said they viewed Kasper’s visit as a significant development, in that it affirmed the high priority the Vatican places on Catholic-Jewish relations.

“Words are helpful, but actions like today’s re-dedication are more powerful, more meaningful, and more enduring,” said Derrek L. Shulman, New England regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. “We welcome and celebrate this day as a major step forward for strengthening relations between Jews and Catholics in the Boston area.”

O’Malley, who organized the event, called the Holocaust “the greatest act of inhumanity ever perpetrated on this planet,” and said yesterday’s event was intended “to assure the entire community of the Holy Father and the church’s commitment to furthering these wonderful relationships that have been cultivated the last decades.” O’Malley noted that Catholic-Jewish relations in Boston have been strong since the days of Cardinal Richard J. Cushing, who in the 1960s helped draft a pivotal document at the Second Vatican Council that repudiated the basis for Christian anti-Semitism.

Kasper said that the outcry from Catholics irate over Williamson’s remarks, and over the Vatican’s action, was evidence that Catholics have internalized the importance of Catholic-Jewish relations. And Nancy K. Kaufman, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, said that the response to the uproar had provided evidence of the overall strength of the Jewish-Catholic relationship, noting the speed and candor with which local leaders had been able to meet and talk.

“It speaks to the power of the relationship that we have worked on so hard in this community over 40 or 50 years,” Kaufman said. “Some of us here today can remember a time when relations between Catholics and Jews in Boston were not so good, and we didn’t have the ability to have an honest and open dialogue among and between each other, and I think the ability to raise difficult issues like this one, and to have the discussion…speaks to the strength of the relationship.”

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles_of_faith/2009/03/kasper_in_brain.html

Top Vatican liaison to Jews rededicates Massachusetts menorah in memory of Holocaust victims

JAY LINDSAY – Associated Press – BRAINTREE, Mass.

March 25, 2009

… Cardinal Walter Kasper joined Holocaust survivors and local Roman Catholic leaders at the ceremony for the Yom Hashoah Menorah at the Boston Archdiocese’s Braintree offices.

Kasper said the ceremony was a reminder of “the most atrocious event of the last century.”

“No Holocaust denial, which is a new injustice to the victims, can be allowed or permitted,” Kasper said. “The memory must be a … memory for the future we hand down to future generations.”

The menorah was dedicated in 2002 at the archdiocese’s former campus in Brighton, but the archdiocese recently moved to Braintree after selling its land to neighboring Boston College to relieve debt. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the Boston archbishop, suggested the rededication ceremony in Braintree after meeting with local Jewish leaders angered by the Vatican’s January decision to lift the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson …

At a press conference after the ceremony, Kasper emphasized that though Williamson’s excommunication was lifted, he can’t be fully restored into the church unless he renounces his views.

“It’s absolutely clear that a Holocaust denier can’t have a room, a space in the Catholic church,” Kasper said …

Auschwitz survivor Israel Arbeiter on Wednesday called on the pope to emphatically state that millions of people died in gas chambers. Arbeiter said that his parents were murdered in the chambers in the Treblinka death camp and that he saw thousands led into Auschwitz’s chambers, leaving behind “only their clothing, their ashes and crushed bones.”

“We stand together against those who today conspire to repeat history even as they deny that very history,” said Arbeiter, president of the Boston area chapter of the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.

Arbeiter was joined by his son and grandson as he lit one of six candles on the menorah, representing the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

The menorah depicts six people holding torches on a base of a cracked Star of David. A holy man with a prayer book stands in front of them, with a child to the side.

The original Yom Hashoah Menorah was placed at the North American College in Vatican City in 1999. At the time, Pope John Paul II backed a proposal to place replicas of these menorahs in Catholic centers as a sign of reconciliation and to spur Holocaust study programs.

The menorahs have since been placed in cities around the country, including Dallas, Miami and Baltimore.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/apArticle/id/D975ADOG0/

See also:

Xavier University Gets Even More Kosher

Bishop Rhoades Observed “Yom HaShoah”

Vatican to Move Rabbinic Subversion Beyond the Clergy and Into the Pews

Cardinals Kasper, O’Malley Enshrine "Holocaust" in Boston

March 25, 2009
“No Holocaust denial — which is a new injustice to the victims — can be allowed or permitted … “It’s absolutely clear that a Holocaust denier can’t have a room, a space in the Catholic church,””


Top Vatican liaison to Jews rededicates Massachusetts menorah in memory of Holocaust victims

March 25, 2009

Michael Paulson – Boston Globe

BRAINTREE _ With a touch of flickering flame to the top of a bronze candelabrum, a key Vatican official today sought to reassure the Jewish community that there is no room in the Catholic church for anti-Semitism or Holocaust denial.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, who is Pope Benedict XVI’s top advisor on Catholic-Jewish relations, yesterday visited the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Boston and took several steps to calm the controversy that has erupted since the pope lifted the excommunication of four traditionalist bishops, one of whom denies that the Nazis used gas chambers to kill Jews. Over a salmon lunch with 50 Jewish community leaders, Kasper fielded a series of tough questions about the Vatican’s actions; he then joined a ceremony to rededicate a Holocaust memorial, originally located at the former archdiocesan headquarters in Brighton, which depicts six men and women holding torches to represent the six million Jews killed during World War II.

“The memory of what happened, now 65 years ago, can not be forgotten,” Kasper told a crowd of about 200 at the rededication ceremony, including multiple priests and rabbis, several Holocaust survivors, and the consuls-general of Israel and Germany. “No Holocaust denial — which is a new injustice to the victims — can be allowed or permitted.”

But the raw emotions exposed by the controversy over Bishop Richard Williamson of the Society of St. Pius X were clear. Israel Arbeiter, the president of the Boston chapter of the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, recounted the deaths of his parents and brother in concentration camps, and his own witnessing of the remains of Jews killed in gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau, before addressing Kasper and saying, “Your Eminence, pain and suffering have been inflicted again on the Holocaust survivors by a representative of the church, namely, Bishop Williamson, and by the action and inaction by Pope Benedict XVI.”

Arbeiter also praised the Catholic church, calling the visit of Kasper “deeply meaningful,” referring to Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston as a friend, and saying that the pope has taken a number of constructive steps in recent weeks to address the controversy. But he said he would like to hear the pope directly refute the claim by Williamson that gas chambers were not used by the Nazis.

“Sixty-nine years after the liberation of Auschwitz, with all the available documentation, confirmation by the German government, testimony by the perpetrators, Bishop Williamson still denies the truth, the fact of the Holocaust,” he said. “…I will never understand that he denies that there were ever gas chambers, that Jewish people were gassed and murdered…I wonder whether Bishop Williamson knows where my parents and my brother are.”

Local Jewish and Catholic community leaders said they viewed Kasper’s visit as a significant development, in that it affirmed the high priority the Vatican places on Catholic-Jewish relations.

“Words are helpful, but actions like today’s re-dedication are more powerful, more meaningful, and more enduring,” said Derrek L. Shulman, New England regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. “We welcome and celebrate this day as a major step forward for strengthening relations between Jews and Catholics in the Boston area.”

O’Malley, who organized the event, called the Holocaust “the greatest act of inhumanity ever perpetrated on this planet,” and said yesterday’s event was intended “to assure the entire community of the Holy Father and the church’s commitment to furthering these wonderful relationships that have been cultivated the last decades.” O’Malley noted that Catholic-Jewish relations in Boston have been strong since the days of Cardinal Richard J. Cushing, who in the 1960s helped draft a pivotal document at the Second Vatican Council that repudiated the basis for Christian anti-Semitism.

Kasper said that the outcry from Catholics irate over Williamson’s remarks, and over the Vatican’s action, was evidence that Catholics have internalized the importance of Catholic-Jewish relations. And Nancy K. Kaufman, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, said that the response to the uproar had provided evidence of the overall strength of the Jewish-Catholic relationship, noting the speed and candor with which local leaders had been able to meet and talk.

“It speaks to the power of the relationship that we have worked on so hard in this community over 40 or 50 years,” Kaufman said. “Some of us here today can remember a time when relations between Catholics and Jews in Boston were not so good, and we didn’t have the ability to have an honest and open dialogue among and between each other, and I think the ability to raise difficult issues like this one, and to have the discussion…speaks to the strength of the relationship.”

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles_of_faith/2009/03/kasper_in_brain.html

Top Vatican liaison to Jews rededicates Massachusetts menorah in memory of Holocaust victims

JAY LINDSAY – Associated Press – BRAINTREE, Mass.

March 25, 2009

… Cardinal Walter Kasper joined Holocaust survivors and local Roman Catholic leaders at the ceremony for the Yom Hashoah Menorah at the Boston Archdiocese’s Braintree offices.

Kasper said the ceremony was a reminder of “the most atrocious event of the last century.”

“No Holocaust denial, which is a new injustice to the victims, can be allowed or permitted,” Kasper said. “The memory must be a … memory for the future we hand down to future generations.”

The menorah was dedicated in 2002 at the archdiocese’s former campus in Brighton, but the archdiocese recently moved to Braintree after selling its land to neighboring Boston College to relieve debt. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the Boston archbishop, suggested the rededication ceremony in Braintree after meeting with local Jewish leaders angered by the Vatican’s January decision to lift the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson …

At a press conference after the ceremony, Kasper emphasized that though Williamson’s excommunication was lifted, he can’t be fully restored into the church unless he renounces his views.

“It’s absolutely clear that a Holocaust denier can’t have a room, a space in the Catholic church,” Kasper said …

Auschwitz survivor Israel Arbeiter on Wednesday called on the pope to emphatically state that millions of people died in gas chambers. Arbeiter said that his parents were murdered in the chambers in the Treblinka death camp and that he saw thousands led into Auschwitz’s chambers, leaving behind “only their clothing, their ashes and crushed bones.”

“We stand together against those who today conspire to repeat history even as they deny that very history,” said Arbeiter, president of the Boston area chapter of the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.

Arbeiter was joined by his son and grandson as he lit one of six candles on the menorah, representing the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

The menorah depicts six people holding torches on a base of a cracked Star of David. A holy man with a prayer book stands in front of them, with a child to the side.

The original Yom Hashoah Menorah was placed at the North American College in Vatican City in 1999. At the time, Pope John Paul II backed a proposal to place replicas of these menorahs in Catholic centers as a sign of reconciliation and to spur Holocaust study programs.

The menorahs have since been placed in cities around the country, including Dallas, Miami and Baltimore.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/apArticle/id/D975ADOG0/

See also:

Xavier University Gets Even More Kosher

Bishop Rhoades Observed “Yom HaShoah”

Vatican to Move Rabbinic Subversion Beyond the Clergy and Into the Pews

Cardinals Kasper, O’Malley Enshrine "Holocaust" in Boston

March 25, 2009
“No Holocaust denial — which is a new injustice to the victims — can be allowed or permitted … “It’s absolutely clear that a Holocaust denier can’t have a room, a space in the Catholic church,””


Top Vatican liaison to Jews rededicates Massachusetts menorah in memory of Holocaust victims

March 25, 2009

Michael Paulson – Boston Globe

BRAINTREE _ With a touch of flickering flame to the top of a bronze candelabrum, a key Vatican official today sought to reassure the Jewish community that there is no room in the Catholic church for anti-Semitism or Holocaust denial.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, who is Pope Benedict XVI’s top advisor on Catholic-Jewish relations, yesterday visited the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Boston and took several steps to calm the controversy that has erupted since the pope lifted the excommunication of four traditionalist bishops, one of whom denies that the Nazis used gas chambers to kill Jews. Over a salmon lunch with 50 Jewish community leaders, Kasper fielded a series of tough questions about the Vatican’s actions; he then joined a ceremony to rededicate a Holocaust memorial, originally located at the former archdiocesan headquarters in Brighton, which depicts six men and women holding torches to represent the six million Jews killed during World War II.

“The memory of what happened, now 65 years ago, can not be forgotten,” Kasper told a crowd of about 200 at the rededication ceremony, including multiple priests and rabbis, several Holocaust survivors, and the consuls-general of Israel and Germany. “No Holocaust denial — which is a new injustice to the victims — can be allowed or permitted.”

But the raw emotions exposed by the controversy over Bishop Richard Williamson of the Society of St. Pius X were clear. Israel Arbeiter, the president of the Boston chapter of the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, recounted the deaths of his parents and brother in concentration camps, and his own witnessing of the remains of Jews killed in gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau, before addressing Kasper and saying, “Your Eminence, pain and suffering have been inflicted again on the Holocaust survivors by a representative of the church, namely, Bishop Williamson, and by the action and inaction by Pope Benedict XVI.”

Arbeiter also praised the Catholic church, calling the visit of Kasper “deeply meaningful,” referring to Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston as a friend, and saying that the pope has taken a number of constructive steps in recent weeks to address the controversy. But he said he would like to hear the pope directly refute the claim by Williamson that gas chambers were not used by the Nazis.

“Sixty-nine years after the liberation of Auschwitz, with all the available documentation, confirmation by the German government, testimony by the perpetrators, Bishop Williamson still denies the truth, the fact of the Holocaust,” he said. “…I will never understand that he denies that there were ever gas chambers, that Jewish people were gassed and murdered…I wonder whether Bishop Williamson knows where my parents and my brother are.”

Local Jewish and Catholic community leaders said they viewed Kasper’s visit as a significant development, in that it affirmed the high priority the Vatican places on Catholic-Jewish relations.

“Words are helpful, but actions like today’s re-dedication are more powerful, more meaningful, and more enduring,” said Derrek L. Shulman, New England regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. “We welcome and celebrate this day as a major step forward for strengthening relations between Jews and Catholics in the Boston area.”

O’Malley, who organized the event, called the Holocaust “the greatest act of inhumanity ever perpetrated on this planet,” and said yesterday’s event was intended “to assure the entire community of the Holy Father and the church’s commitment to furthering these wonderful relationships that have been cultivated the last decades.” O’Malley noted that Catholic-Jewish relations in Boston have been strong since the days of Cardinal Richard J. Cushing, who in the 1960s helped draft a pivotal document at the Second Vatican Council that repudiated the basis for Christian anti-Semitism.

Kasper said that the outcry from Catholics irate over Williamson’s remarks, and over the Vatican’s action, was evidence that Catholics have internalized the importance of Catholic-Jewish relations. And Nancy K. Kaufman, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, said that the response to the uproar had provided evidence of the overall strength of the Jewish-Catholic relationship, noting the speed and candor with which local leaders had been able to meet and talk.

“It speaks to the power of the relationship that we have worked on so hard in this community over 40 or 50 years,” Kaufman said. “Some of us here today can remember a time when relations between Catholics and Jews in Boston were not so good, and we didn’t have the ability to have an honest and open dialogue among and between each other, and I think the ability to raise difficult issues like this one, and to have the discussion…speaks to the strength of the relationship.”

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles_of_faith/2009/03/kasper_in_brain.html

Top Vatican liaison to Jews rededicates Massachusetts menorah in memory of Holocaust victims

JAY LINDSAY – Associated Press – BRAINTREE, Mass.

March 25, 2009

… Cardinal Walter Kasper joined Holocaust survivors and local Roman Catholic leaders at the ceremony for the Yom Hashoah Menorah at the Boston Archdiocese’s Braintree offices.

Kasper said the ceremony was a reminder of “the most atrocious event of the last century.”

“No Holocaust denial, which is a new injustice to the victims, can be allowed or permitted,” Kasper said. “The memory must be a … memory for the future we hand down to future generations.”

The menorah was dedicated in 2002 at the archdiocese’s former campus in Brighton, but the archdiocese recently moved to Braintree after selling its land to neighboring Boston College to relieve debt. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the Boston archbishop, suggested the rededication ceremony in Braintree after meeting with local Jewish leaders angered by the Vatican’s January decision to lift the excommunication of Bishop Richard Williamson …

At a press conference after the ceremony, Kasper emphasized that though Williamson’s excommunication was lifted, he can’t be fully restored into the church unless he renounces his views.

“It’s absolutely clear that a Holocaust denier can’t have a room, a space in the Catholic church,” Kasper said …

Auschwitz survivor Israel Arbeiter on Wednesday called on the pope to emphatically state that millions of people died in gas chambers. Arbeiter said that his parents were murdered in the chambers in the Treblinka death camp and that he saw thousands led into Auschwitz’s chambers, leaving behind “only their clothing, their ashes and crushed bones.”

“We stand together against those who today conspire to repeat history even as they deny that very history,” said Arbeiter, president of the Boston area chapter of the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.

Arbeiter was joined by his son and grandson as he lit one of six candles on the menorah, representing the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

The menorah depicts six people holding torches on a base of a cracked Star of David. A holy man with a prayer book stands in front of them, with a child to the side.

The original Yom Hashoah Menorah was placed at the North American College in Vatican City in 1999. At the time, Pope John Paul II backed a proposal to place replicas of these menorahs in Catholic centers as a sign of reconciliation and to spur Holocaust study programs.

The menorahs have since been placed in cities around the country, including Dallas, Miami and Baltimore.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/apArticle/id/D975ADOG0/

See also:

Xavier University Gets Even More Kosher

Bishop Rhoades Observed “Yom HaShoah”

Vatican to Move Rabbinic Subversion Beyond the Clergy and Into the Pews

Purim-Shpiel 2009

March 19, 2009

“…whereas it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them.”

The Shock and Awe campaign against Bishop Williamson and “Holocaust denial” which the rabbis whipped the mob into beginning January 21st was called off by Israeli Chief Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen at the Vatican on March 12th, the day after Purim. He said, “This was not just another meeting. This was a special experience, a turning point, the end of a crisis …” (“Rabbis after pope meeting: Crisis over,” Lisa Palmeri-Billig, Jerusalem Post, March 12, 2009)

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1236764174471&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

When Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen said that his visit to the Vatican of March 11-12 (March 10-11 being Purim) marked a “turning point,” he was alluding to the very essence of Purim itself–venahafoch hu–the turning around of circumstances; the “hippuch” or reversal of roles in the book of Esther.

But this is the story of Esther according to the lunatic rabbis where “Holocaust denial” is equated with complete annihilation. In Purim Shpiel 2009 Bishop Williamson was thrust into the role of Haman, Benedict XVI played King Ahasuerus and Rabbis Shear Yashuv Cohen and David Rosen were cast as Mordechai. “Holocaust Denial” served as the gallows pole which was turned from an instrument of “persecution” of “The Jews” into the instrument for Bishop Williamson and like-minded individuals to be hung from.

Indeed, the “threat” of “Holocaust denial” was turned around and made a “blessing.” The pope decreed that “Holocaust denial” is unacceptable and he exalted the “Holocaust” idol as never before. Numerous bishops proclaimed that it’s not possible to be Catholic if one “denies” “The Holocaust.” Bishop Williamson’s position as educator was terminated while “Holocaust studies” in Catholic schools received a huge boost. Rabbi Rosen said, “I hope a recommendation (from the pope on Holocaust studies in Catholic schools) will come out of this latest crisis. That will be a silver lining to the cloud.” (“Jews ask pope for Holocaust studies in schools,” Philip Pullella, Reuters, March 12, 2009)

http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKTRE52B51320090312?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

And note that as King Ahasuerus rewarded Mordechai, so did Benedict reward the rabbis with thanks and praises, even while scorning Catholics:

“I was saddened by the fact that even Catholics who, after all, might have had a better knowledge of the situation, thought they had to attack me with open hostility. Precisely for this reason I thank all the more our Jewish friends, who quickly helped to clear up the misunderstanding and to restore the atmosphere of friendship and trust which – as in the days of Pope John Paul II – has also existed throughout my pontificate and, thank God, continues to exist. (“LETTER ON REMISSION OF EXCOMMUNICATION LEFEBVRE BISHOPS,” Benedict XVI, March 10, 2009)

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/letters/2009/documents/hf_ben-xvi_let_20090310_remissione-scomunica_en.html

This statement from the pope is bizarre given that his “Jewish” friends are on record as the ones who created the chaos and who only decided to end it on Purim after they’d received every concession they could have dreamed of.

I don’t take it as a coincidence that this reversal of events came on Purim any more than it was a coincidence that the 1991 attack against Iraq ended on Purim or that the 2003 attack on Iraq began, in the words of George Bush’s speech writers, “at a time of our choosing” which just happened to be Purim.

This 2009 Purim-Shpiel psychodrama/production perpetuated the hester panim gnosis deconstructed in Judaism Discovered which teaches that Judaism needs a certain amount of persecution for it’s own advancement; it needs both Mordechai and Haman. Where persecution doesn’t exist the illusion of persecution is created.

The notion that one bishop’s non-acceptance of certain elements of received “Holocaust” lore could lead to genocide is patent idiocy, but through this and similar ruses the rabbis have maintained their control over ‘klal Israel” and, with the assistance of the pope and bishops, managed to advance their assault on Christianity.

“The tree [Haman] had prepared for Mordechai’s hanging became his own gallows, and so on throughout the Megillah. It was Haman, more than Esther, who destroyed Haman … on Purim, we rise above the limited reach of our understanding, and for a brief moment we perceive that ‘blessed be Mordechai’ and its hippuch/its reversal, ‘cursed be Haman,’ are really one and the same.” (“Redemption by Reversal,” Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky)

http://www.aish.com/purimthemes/purimthemesdefault/Redemption_by_Reversal.asp

Also see:

Amalek, Haman, and Christians

Purim-Shpiel 2009

March 19, 2009

“…whereas it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them.”

The Shock and Awe campaign against Bishop Williamson and “Holocaust denial” which the rabbis whipped the mob into beginning January 21st was called off by Israeli Chief Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen at the Vatican on March 12th, the day after Purim. He said, “This was not just another meeting. This was a special experience, a turning point, the end of a crisis …” (“Rabbis after pope meeting: Crisis over,” Lisa Palmeri-Billig, Jerusalem Post, March 12, 2009)

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1236764174471&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

When Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen said that his visit to the Vatican of March 11-12 (March 10-11 being Purim) marked a “turning point,” he was alluding to the very essence of Purim itself–venahafoch hu–the turning around of circumstances; the “hippuch” or reversal of roles in the book of Esther.

But this is the story of Esther according to the lunatic rabbis where “Holocaust denial” is equated with complete annihilation. In Purim Shpiel 2009 Bishop Williamson was thrust into the role of Haman, Benedict XVI played King Ahasuerus and Rabbis Shear Yashuv Cohen and David Rosen were cast as Mordechai. “Holocaust Denial” served as the gallows pole which was turned from an instrument of “persecution” of “The Jews” into the instrument for Bishop Williamson and like-minded individuals to be hung from.

Indeed, the “threat” of “Holocaust denial” was turned around and made a “blessing.” The pope decreed that “Holocaust denial” is unacceptable and he exalted the “Holocaust” idol as never before. Numerous bishops proclaimed that it’s not possible to be Catholic if one “denies” “The Holocaust.” Bishop Williamson’s position as educator was terminated while “Holocaust studies” in Catholic schools received a huge boost. Rabbi Rosen said, “I hope a recommendation (from the pope on Holocaust studies in Catholic schools) will come out of this latest crisis. That will be a silver lining to the cloud.” (“Jews ask pope for Holocaust studies in schools,” Philip Pullella, Reuters, March 12, 2009)

http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKTRE52B51320090312?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

And note that as King Ahasuerus rewarded Mordechai, so did Benedict reward the rabbis with thanks and praises, even while scorning Catholics:

“I was saddened by the fact that even Catholics who, after all, might have had a better knowledge of the situation, thought they had to attack me with open hostility. Precisely for this reason I thank all the more our Jewish friends, who quickly helped to clear up the misunderstanding and to restore the atmosphere of friendship and trust which – as in the days of Pope John Paul II – has also existed throughout my pontificate and, thank God, continues to exist. (“LETTER ON REMISSION OF EXCOMMUNICATION LEFEBVRE BISHOPS,” Benedict XVI, March 10, 2009)

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/letters/2009/documents/hf_ben-xvi_let_20090310_remissione-scomunica_en.html

This statement from the pope is bizarre given that his “Jewish” friends are on record as the ones who created the chaos and who only decided to end it on Purim after they’d received every concession they could have dreamed of.

I don’t take it as a coincidence that this reversal of events came on Purim any more than it was a coincidence that the 1991 attack against Iraq ended on Purim or that the 2003 attack on Iraq began, in the words of George Bush’s speech writers, “at a time of our choosing” which just happened to be Purim.

This 2009 Purim-Shpiel psychodrama/production perpetuated the hester panim gnosis deconstructed in Judaism Discovered which teaches that Judaism needs a certain amount of persecution for it’s own advancement; it needs both Mordechai and Haman. Where persecution doesn’t exist the illusion of persecution is created.

The notion that one bishop’s non-acceptance of certain elements of received “Holocaust” lore could lead to genocide is patent idiocy, but through this and similar ruses the rabbis have maintained their control over ‘klal Israel” and, with the assistance of the pope and bishops, managed to advance their assault on Christianity.

“The tree [Haman] had prepared for Mordechai’s hanging became his own gallows, and so on throughout the Megillah. It was Haman, more than Esther, who destroyed Haman … on Purim, we rise above the limited reach of our understanding, and for a brief moment we perceive that ‘blessed be Mordechai’ and its hippuch/its reversal, ‘cursed be Haman,’ are really one and the same.” (“Redemption by Reversal,” Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky)

http://www.aish.com/purimthemes/purimthemesdefault/Redemption_by_Reversal.asp

Also see:

Amalek, Haman, and Christians