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On The Contrary: Rome’s dictatorship of relativism amid the crisis of child molestation

December 6, 2009


Rome’s dictatorship of relativism amid the crisis of child molestation

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"The Holocaust: A Teaching Guide for Catholic Schools"

April 1, 2009

http://maura.setonhill.edu/~holocst/TGCS.pdf

"The Holocaust: A Teaching Guide for Catholic Schools"

April 1, 2009

http://maura.setonhill.edu/~holocst/TGCS.pdf

Synod’s Rabbi Speaks

September 26, 2008

I don’t take it as a coincidence that this Ashkenazic [Khazar] Chief Rabbi of Haifa, Rabbi “Cohen” has been specifically selected by Benedict to teach the bishops how to more effectively nullify scripture at the upcoming synod on the day before Yom Kippur Eve. This Rabbi “Cohen” likely believes himself to be a genetic descendant of Aaron, and the bishops probably subscribe to this delusion as well. Yom Kippur Eve is the time of the yearly Orthodox Judaic attempt to deceive God and men through nullification of vows in the Kol Nidre rite (Judaism Discovered pp. 965-980). Perhaps that will be the bishops’ lesson for the day, and perhaps they will also learn the proper way to transfer their sins to a chicken, like the “elder brothers in the faith” do on Yom Kippur Eve HERE and HERE. Maybe the rabbi will let the bishops in on some of the more arcane Yom Kippur phallic obsession traditions and teach them how to “rectify the brit” HERE There are countless asinine teachings the rabbi could share with the bishops as a means of rendering them utterly alien from the law and the prophets as rabbis effectively do to their followers, as Pope Innocent IV said of them HERE. Most likely, he would be speaking on the so-called “Noahide laws.”

Israeli rabbi calls Vatican invitation to address synod sign of hope

By Judith Sudilovsky
Catholic News Service

JERUSALEM (CNS) — The Vatican invitation to participate in the upcoming world Synod of Bishops on the Bible is a “signal of hope,” said Israeli Rabbi Shear-Yashuv Cohen, who will lead a one-day discussion on the Jewish interpretation of the Scriptures.

Rabbi Cohen, co-chairman of the Israeli-Vatican dialogue commission and chief rabbi of Haifa, is the first non-Christian ever invited to address the world Synod of Bishops. He will speak the second day of the Oct. 5-26 synod at the Vatican.

“(The invitation) brings with it a message of love, coexistence and peace for generations,” Rabbi Cohen told Catholic News Service in an interview in his Jerusalem office in late September. “We see in (the) invitation a kind of declaration that (the church) intends to continue with the policy and doctrine established by Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, and we appreciate very deeply this declaration.”

Despite the history of violence and bloodshed from the Christian world, said Rabbi Cohen, the invitation can also be seen as a declaration of “respect and coexistence with Judaism as the older brother of Christianity.”

He said he actually felt a bit of trepidation in accepting the invitation because some rabbinical leaders feel that interreligious dialogue is simply another way of trying to convince Jews to become Christians, and some Jewish leaders opposed his addressing the synod.

“There is an extreme group that is afraid and who say that, since (Christians) didn’t succeed by force to convert us, they are trying now to do it by talking; they call it the kiss of death,” said Rabbi Cohen. “If they are right, I am making a mistake, but I believe that is not the situation.”

The rabbi said he sees the invitation as a partial fulfillment of an ancient daily prayer that seeks a day when all people will join together to worship God.

Rabbi Cohen noted Christianity, Islam and Judaism are Abrahamic faiths that believe in one God.

“You can’t deny the fact that, despite the difference in opinion, the roots are the same. They start from Abraham, and we can call these three religions the Abrahamic faiths. We all continue the sanctity and loyalty to the Bible,” he said.

Rabbi Cohen — the 18th generation of a family of rabbis and biblical scholars — said he will speak to the synod about the centrality of the Jewish Scripture in Jewish tradition and daily life and the importance of it in the education of every Jewish child, as well as its importance to Israel. He gave the example of a yearly Bible quiz, which is broadcast nationally and whose winners are congratulated by the Israeli president.

“I believe that is what should be copied by all nations of the world. They should learn the Bible and know it and be inspired by it,” he said.

He said he was able to recite almost the entire Torah — the first five books of the Bible — by the time he was 8 years old.

Rabbis use biblical quotations and their rabbinical interpretations to relate to contemporary issues when they must make a religious ruling, he said.

“The Tanach, the Torah, is indeed a central part of our (prayer) service and the very symbolic fact that in every synagogue we face the (Holy) Ark, which contains the written scrolls of the books of Moses and the prophets,” shows its importance, said Rabbi Cohen. “We pray (toward) the book, not to God; there is no image of God or icons. We put in our Holy Ark the words of God. That is how central the Scriptures are in our lives.”

In the years following the 2001 Vatican document “The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible,” Rabbi Cohen has noticed a growing interest in learning about the Jewish Scriptures, what Christians know as the Old Testament. He said he has hosted several groups of Catholic religious who asked him questions about the Scriptures.

“I asked them if they could forget the fact that not only Jesus but all the apostles were Jewish, so instead of hating those Jews that are accused of having killed Christ, think about the fact that the victims were also Jews,” said Rabbi Cohen. “I believe that is part of the Jewish persecution that happened through generations by other people. That is part of our destiny, but Christians should realize that and respect those who continue to live as the Jews (lived) in the time of the founding of Christianity.”

Jewish survival throughout centuries of hatred and persecution “is a sign that despite all the difficulty God wants us to exist and to continue the way we were,” said Rabbi Cohen.

He said interreligious dialogue acts as a block to the spreading of the anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic sentiment of the past, without which the Holocaust could not have taken place.

While there may not be room for Scripture scholarship between Jews and Christians because of the different conclusions both reach from the readings, such discussions might be possible on a scientific level at academic institutions, he said.

“I believe we should leave each to his own tradition and not try to blur the differences,” said Rabbi Cohen. “One part of every dialogue is not only to speak to each other but also to listen to each other and respect his right to be different. We can’t expect Christians to do that for us if we don’t do that for them.”

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0804849.htm

also see:

Rabbi to Lead Synod Discussion on Interpretation of Scripture

Synod on Scripture 3 Months Away

Synod’s Rabbi Speaks

September 26, 2008

I don’t take it as a coincidence that this Ashkenazic [Khazar] Chief Rabbi of Haifa, Rabbi “Cohen” has been specifically selected by Benedict to teach the bishops how to more effectively nullify scripture at the upcoming synod on the day before Yom Kippur Eve. This Rabbi “Cohen” likely believes himself to be a genetic descendant of Aaron, and the bishops probably subscribe to this delusion as well. Yom Kippur Eve is the time of the yearly Orthodox Judaic attempt to deceive God and men through nullification of vows in the Kol Nidre rite (Judaism Discovered pp. 965-980). Perhaps that will be the bishops’ lesson for the day, and perhaps they will also learn the proper way to transfer their sins to a chicken, like the “elder brothers in the faith” do on Yom Kippur Eve HERE and HERE. Maybe the rabbi will let the bishops in on some of the more arcane Yom Kippur phallic obsession traditions and teach them how to “rectify the brit” HERE There are countless asinine teachings the rabbi could share with the bishops as a means of rendering them utterly alien from the law and the prophets as rabbis effectively do to their followers, as Pope Innocent IV said of them HERE. Most likely, he would be speaking on the so-called “Noahide laws.”

Israeli rabbi calls Vatican invitation to address synod sign of hope

By Judith Sudilovsky
Catholic News Service

JERUSALEM (CNS) — The Vatican invitation to participate in the upcoming world Synod of Bishops on the Bible is a “signal of hope,” said Israeli Rabbi Shear-Yashuv Cohen, who will lead a one-day discussion on the Jewish interpretation of the Scriptures.

Rabbi Cohen, co-chairman of the Israeli-Vatican dialogue commission and chief rabbi of Haifa, is the first non-Christian ever invited to address the world Synod of Bishops. He will speak the second day of the Oct. 5-26 synod at the Vatican.

“(The invitation) brings with it a message of love, coexistence and peace for generations,” Rabbi Cohen told Catholic News Service in an interview in his Jerusalem office in late September. “We see in (the) invitation a kind of declaration that (the church) intends to continue with the policy and doctrine established by Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, and we appreciate very deeply this declaration.”

Despite the history of violence and bloodshed from the Christian world, said Rabbi Cohen, the invitation can also be seen as a declaration of “respect and coexistence with Judaism as the older brother of Christianity.”

He said he actually felt a bit of trepidation in accepting the invitation because some rabbinical leaders feel that interreligious dialogue is simply another way of trying to convince Jews to become Christians, and some Jewish leaders opposed his addressing the synod.

“There is an extreme group that is afraid and who say that, since (Christians) didn’t succeed by force to convert us, they are trying now to do it by talking; they call it the kiss of death,” said Rabbi Cohen. “If they are right, I am making a mistake, but I believe that is not the situation.”

The rabbi said he sees the invitation as a partial fulfillment of an ancient daily prayer that seeks a day when all people will join together to worship God.

Rabbi Cohen noted Christianity, Islam and Judaism are Abrahamic faiths that believe in one God.

“You can’t deny the fact that, despite the difference in opinion, the roots are the same. They start from Abraham, and we can call these three religions the Abrahamic faiths. We all continue the sanctity and loyalty to the Bible,” he said.

Rabbi Cohen — the 18th generation of a family of rabbis and biblical scholars — said he will speak to the synod about the centrality of the Jewish Scripture in Jewish tradition and daily life and the importance of it in the education of every Jewish child, as well as its importance to Israel. He gave the example of a yearly Bible quiz, which is broadcast nationally and whose winners are congratulated by the Israeli president.

“I believe that is what should be copied by all nations of the world. They should learn the Bible and know it and be inspired by it,” he said.

He said he was able to recite almost the entire Torah — the first five books of the Bible — by the time he was 8 years old.

Rabbis use biblical quotations and their rabbinical interpretations to relate to contemporary issues when they must make a religious ruling, he said.

“The Tanach, the Torah, is indeed a central part of our (prayer) service and the very symbolic fact that in every synagogue we face the (Holy) Ark, which contains the written scrolls of the books of Moses and the prophets,” shows its importance, said Rabbi Cohen. “We pray (toward) the book, not to God; there is no image of God or icons. We put in our Holy Ark the words of God. That is how central the Scriptures are in our lives.”

In the years following the 2001 Vatican document “The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible,” Rabbi Cohen has noticed a growing interest in learning about the Jewish Scriptures, what Christians know as the Old Testament. He said he has hosted several groups of Catholic religious who asked him questions about the Scriptures.

“I asked them if they could forget the fact that not only Jesus but all the apostles were Jewish, so instead of hating those Jews that are accused of having killed Christ, think about the fact that the victims were also Jews,” said Rabbi Cohen. “I believe that is part of the Jewish persecution that happened through generations by other people. That is part of our destiny, but Christians should realize that and respect those who continue to live as the Jews (lived) in the time of the founding of Christianity.”

Jewish survival throughout centuries of hatred and persecution “is a sign that despite all the difficulty God wants us to exist and to continue the way we were,” said Rabbi Cohen.

He said interreligious dialogue acts as a block to the spreading of the anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic sentiment of the past, without which the Holocaust could not have taken place.

While there may not be room for Scripture scholarship between Jews and Christians because of the different conclusions both reach from the readings, such discussions might be possible on a scientific level at academic institutions, he said.

“I believe we should leave each to his own tradition and not try to blur the differences,” said Rabbi Cohen. “One part of every dialogue is not only to speak to each other but also to listen to each other and respect his right to be different. We can’t expect Christians to do that for us if we don’t do that for them.”

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0804849.htm

also see:

Rabbi to Lead Synod Discussion on Interpretation of Scripture

Synod on Scripture 3 Months Away

Kosher Catholics participate in Farcical Rally at Postville

July 28, 2008

The rabbis and their Kosher-Catholic golem don’t care about the welfare of the illegal immigrant workers of the Chabad-run Agriprocessors kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa. If they did they would have been protesting the workers’ treatment by Chabad slave drivers before the raid took place. They’re not even protesting the horrid conditions they worked under even now. Instead, like the Kabbalists they are, they use the thesis of the Postville immigration raid as an occasion to push their antithesis–calling out for “immigration reform” which is to say, they want more of these poor people to flood into the United States, and not for humanitarian ends.

Like most corporations, U.S. Catholic bishops have based their business plan on a future U.S. where undereducated, poorly paid Hispanics form the majority of the population.

Rally supports Agriprocessors workers

07/28/2008 – JTA

An interfaith rally in support of undocumented workers arrested in a raid on a kosher slaughterhouse was held in Postville, Iowa.

More than 900 people, mainly Jews and Catholics, called for national immigration reform and support for the nearly 400 undocumented workers arrested in the massive immigration raid two months ago at Agriprocessors, the nation’s largest kosher meat plant.

Spearheaded by Jewish Community Action, a Jewish social action group headquartered in Minneapolis, Sunday’s event was co-sponsored by the local Catholic church along with the Chicago-based Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Jewish Labor Committee.

Seven busloads of Jewish activists from Chicago and the Twin Cities arrived in Postville to take part, including two busloads of teenagers from the Conservative movement’s Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.

“We’re here because we care,” Rabbi Harold Kravitz of Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minneapolis said at an interfaith service that preceded the rally. Biblical heroes Abraham and Sarah were invoked as “the first immigrants” to an overflow crowd that included women arrested in the federal immigration raid for working without proper documents.

“The immigration system is broken, the way we enforce working standards is broken,” said Vic Rosenthal, the director of Jewish Community Action, which brought the largest contingent of out-of-state Jewish supporters.

Funds are being raised to help the families of detained and unemployed plant workers, most of them from Guatemala and Mexico. Leaders of the Catholic and Jewish groups met with a representative from Agriprocessors before the rally, the first of several such discussions.

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/news/article/20080728postvillerally.html

Kosher Catholics participate in Farcical Rally at Postville

July 28, 2008

The rabbis and their Kosher-Catholic golem don’t care about the welfare of the illegal immigrant workers of the Chabad-run Agriprocessors kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa. If they did they would have been protesting the workers’ treatment by Chabad slave drivers before the raid took place. They’re not even protesting the horrid conditions they worked under even now. Instead, like the Kabbalists they are, they use the thesis of the Postville immigration raid as an occasion to push their antithesis–calling out for “immigration reform” which is to say, they want more of these poor people to flood into the United States, and not for humanitarian ends.

Like most corporations, U.S. Catholic bishops have based their business plan on a future U.S. where undereducated, poorly paid Hispanics form the majority of the population.

Rally supports Agriprocessors workers

07/28/2008 – JTA

An interfaith rally in support of undocumented workers arrested in a raid on a kosher slaughterhouse was held in Postville, Iowa.

More than 900 people, mainly Jews and Catholics, called for national immigration reform and support for the nearly 400 undocumented workers arrested in the massive immigration raid two months ago at Agriprocessors, the nation’s largest kosher meat plant.

Spearheaded by Jewish Community Action, a Jewish social action group headquartered in Minneapolis, Sunday’s event was co-sponsored by the local Catholic church along with the Chicago-based Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Jewish Labor Committee.

Seven busloads of Jewish activists from Chicago and the Twin Cities arrived in Postville to take part, including two busloads of teenagers from the Conservative movement’s Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.

“We’re here because we care,” Rabbi Harold Kravitz of Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minneapolis said at an interfaith service that preceded the rally. Biblical heroes Abraham and Sarah were invoked as “the first immigrants” to an overflow crowd that included women arrested in the federal immigration raid for working without proper documents.

“The immigration system is broken, the way we enforce working standards is broken,” said Vic Rosenthal, the director of Jewish Community Action, which brought the largest contingent of out-of-state Jewish supporters.

Funds are being raised to help the families of detained and unemployed plant workers, most of them from Guatemala and Mexico. Leaders of the Catholic and Jewish groups met with a representative from Agriprocessors before the rally, the first of several such discussions.

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/news/article/20080728postvillerally.html

Benedict to Offer Words in Response to Clerical Sex Abuse

April 10, 2008

Quoting Cardinal George, Spero News writes:

The Church is still recovering from the scandal surrounding the sexual abuse of children by priests and other Church officials. It’s estimated that the Church has paid out $1.5 billion in settlements to abuse victims. Cardinal George says he expects Pope Benedict to address the issue during his visit.

“It bothers him immensely that children have been abused by priests or bishops,” he said. “This is a complete betrayal of our own office and of Jesus Christ, and of our Catholic people. He’s very clear on that, and I imagine he’ll express it forcefully.” (“Pope to condemn child abuse by priests, bishops” Kent Klein, Spero News, April 07, 2008)

http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=14950

These words that Benedict will offer are worth less than nothing. It is akin to arriving at the scene of an inferno and offering “forceful” words against it as if words alone might extinguish the flames. The time is long past for action to be taken, but we see no action. On matters concerning “antisemitism” we see action. We see Church documents produced, Vatican commissions formed, changes in liturgy, theology, seminary training, catechetical material and methods, etc., etc., etc. In the course of 40 years we have seen virtually every aspect of the 2000 year-old Catholic tradition changed according to Judaic sensibilities for the non-cause of “preventing another ‘Holocaust’.”

But there is a real holocaust taking place and it really is being perpetrated by priests and bishops–upon Catholic children. Here we see no substantial action for prevention of future holocausts of sex abuse against children. Indeed, we do see billions of dollars paid out to victims after the fact, causing parishes to close down and enriching the lawyers, but as for preventive measures, policy changes and punishment of responsible authorities, we see nothing.

How is it that nonsensical Judaic concerns receive immediate, constant, sweeping Vatican actions while the victimization of Catholic children receives only words? Jesus said it is by their fruits that you will know them. Benedict’s “forceful” words are worse than useless. Based upon the complete lack of fruits behind them–even while “reconciliation” with “The Jews” simultaneously produces an overabundance of rotten fruit–they’re a mockery.

Benedict to Offer Words in Response to Clerical Sex Abuse

April 10, 2008

Quoting Cardinal George, Spero News writes:

The Church is still recovering from the scandal surrounding the sexual abuse of children by priests and other Church officials. It’s estimated that the Church has paid out $1.5 billion in settlements to abuse victims. Cardinal George says he expects Pope Benedict to address the issue during his visit.

“It bothers him immensely that children have been abused by priests or bishops,” he said. “This is a complete betrayal of our own office and of Jesus Christ, and of our Catholic people. He’s very clear on that, and I imagine he’ll express it forcefully.” (“Pope to condemn child abuse by priests, bishops” Kent Klein, Spero News, April 07, 2008)

http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=14950

These words that Benedict will offer are worth less than nothing. It is akin to arriving at the scene of an inferno and offering “forceful” words against it as if words alone might extinguish the flames. The time is long past for action to be taken, but we see no action. On matters concerning “antisemitism” we see action. We see Church documents produced, Vatican commissions formed, changes in liturgy, theology, seminary training, catechetical material and methods, etc., etc., etc. In the course of 40 years we have seen virtually every aspect of the 2000 year-old Catholic tradition changed according to Judaic sensibilities for the non-cause of “preventing another ‘Holocaust’.”

But there is a real holocaust taking place and it really is being perpetrated by priests and bishops–upon Catholic children. Here we see no substantial action for prevention of future holocausts of sex abuse against children. Indeed, we do see billions of dollars paid out to victims after the fact, causing parishes to close down and enriching the lawyers, but as for preventive measures, policy changes and punishment of responsible authorities, we see nothing.

How is it that nonsensical Judaic concerns receive immediate, constant, sweeping Vatican actions while the victimization of Catholic children receives only words? Jesus said it is by their fruits that you will know them. Benedict’s “forceful” words are worse than useless. Based upon the complete lack of fruits behind them–even while “reconciliation” with “The Jews” simultaneously produces an overabundance of rotten fruit–they’re a mockery.

How Wisconsin Bishop Listecki and His Flock Observe Advent

December 5, 2007

What better way to prepare oneself worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord’s coming into the world as the incarnate God than to join those whose tradition viciously mocks the incarnate God:

Bishop Jerome Listecki, right, lights a Menorah along with Rabbi Saul Prombaum, left center, and David and Betty Hammes at the Congregation Sons of Abraham of the first night of Hanukkah. Erik Daily


Local Catholics, Jews unite at opening Hanukkah service

By JOE ORSO | La Crosse Tribune
Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Two days after Catholics began their Advent season, the local Jewish congregation began Hanukkah with an interfaith first for the Coulee Region.

Bishop Jerome Listecki, head of the Diocese of La Crosse, addressed about 50 people at Congregation Sons of Abraham, making him the first Catholic bishop to speak at the synagogue.

“I am here with you this evening as a friend,” Listecki said, wearing a violet zuchetto that resembled the yarmulkes worn on the heads of Rabbi Saul Prombaum and others gathered. “In that friendship, I share in the confidence that together we might walk in a rededication to our freedom and mutual respect directed by the light that guides our path.”

The event wasn’t the beginning of the relationship between local Jews and Catholics.

In 1998, members of the synagogue, a Catholic parish and United Church of Christ congregation traveled together to Israel …

The joint celebration was coordinated by Monsignor Bernard McGarty, a visiting scholar of ecumenical studies at Viterbo University, who also attended.

Prombaum, head of the Jewish congregation, led the people in Hebrew, English and silent prayers during the first part of the service.

“Praised are you, Adonai our God, who rules the universe, your word bringing the evening dusk,” the congregation said as Listecki, sitting in the fourth pew, prayed along. “You create day and night, rolling light away from darkness and darkness away from light.”

At the climax of the event, as snow continued to fall outside, Prombaum invited Listecki to light the center candles of four Hanukkah menorahs.

Then Listecki, Prombaum and David and Betty Hammes, a Catholic couple who in January will have been neighbors of the synagogue for 50 years, used the central candles to light the first of the eight Hanukkah candles on the four menorahs.

Prombaum also recognized the Hammeses with a brass leaf on the synagogue’s Tree of Life, and said they live by Leviticus 19:18, which includes the command to love your neighbor as yourself.

“We love you as our neighbors,” Prombaum said to them.

After Listecki’s address, he took questions, including one on the Catholic church’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Listecki said the Vatican has tried to maintain itself as an arbiter and a broker of peace.

During his remarks to the congregation, Listecki said the Jewish-Catholic dialogue began in his life with a Jewish friend of his family, who read the Mourner’s Kaddish, a Jewish prayer, at his father’s wake.

And he referred to a Vatican II document he called a blueprint for inter-religious dialogue for the church in the world.

“Words on paper take time to develop and cut through the generations of inaccuracies and errors,” he said, referring to the document, Nostra Aetate. “But friendships are created in the shared experiences of life amid the struggles of our times.”

http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2007/12/05/news/00lead.txt