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Hegel’s Dialectic In Practice at Vatican

July 22, 2007

Latin Mass Novus Ordo Mass – Neocon Mass

Thesis antithesis – synthesis.

Italian Jewish leaders expressed relief on Thursday after the Vatican Secretary of State said the prayer for the conversion of Jews could be eliminated from the recently re-introduced Latin Mass …

… according to ANSA, Cardinal Bertone said everyone could be told to use the third version [of the prayer], introduced by Paul VI in 1970. It asks for prayers that Jews, as the chosen people, “may arrive at the fullness of redemption”. (Cardinal Bertone says prayer for conversion of Jews in Latin Mass could go, Catholic News Agency, Jul 20, 2007)

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=9924

… on November 16, 1982, on request of Pope Wojtyla, a meeting presided by Ratzinger, then-Prefect of the former Holy Office, at which also took part Cardinals Baggio, Baum, Casaroli (then Secretary of State), Oddi, and Archbishop [future Cardinal] Casoria … at that meeting, a document against liturgical abuses, identified among the reasons “for the current crisis of the Church”, was also suggested, as well as, in a remote future, a synthesis “of both missals” [1962 missal and Novus Ordo missal]. That future is today less remote. The decision of Benedict XVI is thus not a step back, but a stage of the liturgical reform willed by the Council and not yet fully accomplished. (“Ratzinger’s turning point on the liturgy – All clear for the Ancient Latin Mass,” Andrea Tornielli, Il Giornale, June 17, 2007)

Hegel’s Dialectic In Practice at Vatican

July 22, 2007

Latin Mass Novus Ordo Mass – Neocon Mass

Thesis antithesis – synthesis.

Italian Jewish leaders expressed relief on Thursday after the Vatican Secretary of State said the prayer for the conversion of Jews could be eliminated from the recently re-introduced Latin Mass …

… according to ANSA, Cardinal Bertone said everyone could be told to use the third version [of the prayer], introduced by Paul VI in 1970. It asks for prayers that Jews, as the chosen people, “may arrive at the fullness of redemption”. (Cardinal Bertone says prayer for conversion of Jews in Latin Mass could go, Catholic News Agency, Jul 20, 2007)

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=9924

… on November 16, 1982, on request of Pope Wojtyla, a meeting presided by Ratzinger, then-Prefect of the former Holy Office, at which also took part Cardinals Baggio, Baum, Casaroli (then Secretary of State), Oddi, and Archbishop [future Cardinal] Casoria … at that meeting, a document against liturgical abuses, identified among the reasons “for the current crisis of the Church”, was also suggested, as well as, in a remote future, a synthesis “of both missals” [1962 missal and Novus Ordo missal]. That future is today less remote. The decision of Benedict XVI is thus not a step back, but a stage of the liturgical reform willed by the Council and not yet fully accomplished. (“Ratzinger’s turning point on the liturgy – All clear for the Ancient Latin Mass,” Andrea Tornielli, Il Giornale, June 17, 2007)

AJC, ADL Welcome Vatican Clarification

July 20, 2007

AJC Welcomes Vatican Clarification

July 19, 2007 – New York – The American Jewish Committee welcomes the Vatican’s concern for replacing a prayer calling for the conversion of Jews in the Tridentine Latin mass.

“We appreciate the statement by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, making it clear that efforts will be made to replace the disturbing Good Friday prayer for Jewish conversion found in the 1962 version of the Latin Tridentine mass,” said Rabbi David Rosen, AJC’s international director of Interreligious Affairs.

Following the Pope’s “Motu Proprio” announced on July 7, there had been concern that this pre-Vatican II prayer would again be more extensively used.

“Contrary to those who presented the Motu Proprio, as a retreat from advances in Catholic-Jewish relations, this clarification in effect confirms those strides and even advances them,” said Rosen.

For well over half a century, AJC has been deeply involved in seeking to advance Catholic-Jewish relations around the world. Rabbi Rosen chairs the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations which is the official Jewish partner of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jewry, chaired by Cardinal Walter Kasper.

http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=849241&ct=4143223

ADL Welcomes Vatican’s Consideration To Remove Anti-Jewish Prayer

New York, NY, July 19, 2007 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed the comments of a senior Vatican official that the Good Friday Latin prayer to convert Jews could be removed from the re-introduced Latin liturgy. Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who ranks second to Pope Benedict XVI, told reporters that the Vatican could study the possibility of substituting the prayer. “This could be decided and this would resolve all the problems,” he said.

“We are pleased that the Vatican is listening to our concerns,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “We hope that Cardinal Bertone’s public conjectures will shortly result in putting Catholic-Jewish relations back to the positive mode we were in before all this.”

Mr. Foxman added that, “ADL has no position on the Latin Mass itself. Our concern is focused on the Good Friday Latin prayer to convert Jews, which contradicts 40 years of evolving Catholic teachings about the eternal covenant between God and the Jewish people, and the end of efforts to baptize Jews.”

ADL has called on the Holy See to re-examine its decision to sanction the anti-Jewish Good Friday prayer, which is included in a new papal decree that grants wider usage of the Latin Mass, a worship service that has been restricted since the progressive reforms of the Second Vatican Council and the landmark Nostra Aetate document in the 1960s. Because of the offensive language, Pope Paul VI in 1970 replaced the 1962 Latin prayer with a much more positive prayer for Jews.

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/VaticanJewish_96/5103_96.htm

AJC, ADL Welcome Vatican Clarification

July 20, 2007

AJC Welcomes Vatican Clarification

July 19, 2007 – New York – The American Jewish Committee welcomes the Vatican’s concern for replacing a prayer calling for the conversion of Jews in the Tridentine Latin mass.

“We appreciate the statement by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, making it clear that efforts will be made to replace the disturbing Good Friday prayer for Jewish conversion found in the 1962 version of the Latin Tridentine mass,” said Rabbi David Rosen, AJC’s international director of Interreligious Affairs.

Following the Pope’s “Motu Proprio” announced on July 7, there had been concern that this pre-Vatican II prayer would again be more extensively used.

“Contrary to those who presented the Motu Proprio, as a retreat from advances in Catholic-Jewish relations, this clarification in effect confirms those strides and even advances them,” said Rosen.

For well over half a century, AJC has been deeply involved in seeking to advance Catholic-Jewish relations around the world. Rabbi Rosen chairs the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations which is the official Jewish partner of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jewry, chaired by Cardinal Walter Kasper.

http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=849241&ct=4143223

ADL Welcomes Vatican’s Consideration To Remove Anti-Jewish Prayer

New York, NY, July 19, 2007 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed the comments of a senior Vatican official that the Good Friday Latin prayer to convert Jews could be removed from the re-introduced Latin liturgy. Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who ranks second to Pope Benedict XVI, told reporters that the Vatican could study the possibility of substituting the prayer. “This could be decided and this would resolve all the problems,” he said.

“We are pleased that the Vatican is listening to our concerns,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “We hope that Cardinal Bertone’s public conjectures will shortly result in putting Catholic-Jewish relations back to the positive mode we were in before all this.”

Mr. Foxman added that, “ADL has no position on the Latin Mass itself. Our concern is focused on the Good Friday Latin prayer to convert Jews, which contradicts 40 years of evolving Catholic teachings about the eternal covenant between God and the Jewish people, and the end of efforts to baptize Jews.”

ADL has called on the Holy See to re-examine its decision to sanction the anti-Jewish Good Friday prayer, which is included in a new papal decree that grants wider usage of the Latin Mass, a worship service that has been restricted since the progressive reforms of the Second Vatican Council and the landmark Nostra Aetate document in the 1960s. Because of the offensive language, Pope Paul VI in 1970 replaced the 1962 Latin prayer with a much more positive prayer for Jews.

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/VaticanJewish_96/5103_96.htm

No Prayers Necessary for the Self-Chosen

July 19, 2007

These people believe they are redeemed solely by virtue of their being born. Prayers from soulless Christian idolater trash for the eternal welfare of the chosen people are not necessary, and indeed highly offensive. Vatican authorities seem to be of this same thinking.

The question, however, is this: if these “chosen people” are redeemed solely by virtue of their “race,” then why did John the Baptist preach repentance to the true ethnic Jews of his day and why did Jesus Christ target the same Jews in His ministry and die a horrible death for them on the cross? He must have been very confused. Thank God we have the great minds of the ADL and the Vatican to sort out Christ’s mistakes.

Top Vatican official says controversial Latin prayer for Jews could be dropped

ROME – The most senior official in the Vatican after the Pope suggested yesterday that a highly controversial prayer for the conversion of the Jews could be dropped from the re-introduced Latin-language rite.

Speaking at a news conference, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone was asked about Pope Benedict’s recent decree allowing a wider use of the old Latin missal, or prayer book, that was phased out after the reforms of the so-called Second Vatican Council.

Jewish leaders sharply criticized the decree, which revived the possible use of a passage from the old Latin prayer book for Good Friday calling for Jews to be converted.

Bertone, who is secretary of state and ranks second only to the Pope in the Vatican hierarchy, said “we could simply study” the possibility of substituting the prayer. The Good Friday prayer asks that God remove the “veil” from from Jewish heart so that they would recognize Jesus Christ.

Bertone said the prayer that many Jews have found offensive could be substituted with one introduced into church rituals in the 1970s and which makes no reference to conversion of Jews. (Associated Press, Thu., July 19, 2007)

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/883843.html

No Prayers Necessary for the Self-Chosen

July 19, 2007

These people believe they are redeemed solely by virtue of their being born. Prayers from soulless Christian idolater trash for the eternal welfare of the chosen people are not necessary, and indeed highly offensive. Vatican authorities seem to be of this same thinking.

The question, however, is this: if these “chosen people” are redeemed solely by virtue of their “race,” then why did John the Baptist preach repentance to the true ethnic Jews of his day and why did Jesus Christ target the same Jews in His ministry and die a horrible death for them on the cross? He must have been very confused. Thank God we have the great minds of the ADL and the Vatican to sort out Christ’s mistakes.

Top Vatican official says controversial Latin prayer for Jews could be dropped

ROME – The most senior official in the Vatican after the Pope suggested yesterday that a highly controversial prayer for the conversion of the Jews could be dropped from the re-introduced Latin-language rite.

Speaking at a news conference, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone was asked about Pope Benedict’s recent decree allowing a wider use of the old Latin missal, or prayer book, that was phased out after the reforms of the so-called Second Vatican Council.

Jewish leaders sharply criticized the decree, which revived the possible use of a passage from the old Latin prayer book for Good Friday calling for Jews to be converted.

Bertone, who is secretary of state and ranks second only to the Pope in the Vatican hierarchy, said “we could simply study” the possibility of substituting the prayer. The Good Friday prayer asks that God remove the “veil” from from Jewish heart so that they would recognize Jesus Christ.

Bertone said the prayer that many Jews have found offensive could be substituted with one introduced into church rituals in the 1970s and which makes no reference to conversion of Jews. (Associated Press, Thu., July 19, 2007)

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/883843.html