Archive for the ‘Cardinal Schoenborn’ Category

Schönborn: Vatican to Level Core Principles of Dialogue and "Reintegration" with SSPX

September 13, 2009

What a mockery. The Catholic-Jewish relations racket is rigidly anchored in bedrock while the Gospel and perennial Catholic teachings shift in the sands.

Vatican commission to draw red lines for ultra-traditionalists

Sat, 12 Sep 2009

Earth Times

Vienna – The Vatican is set to tell a rebel ultra- traditional Catholic group that the Church’s core values and its relations with Judaism are not negotiable, Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn said in an interview published on Saturday. Earlier this year, the Catholic leadership in Rome drew criticism from within and outside the Church for lifting excommunication orders against bishops of the controversial Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), including British-born Richard Williamson who has denied the scale of the Nazi mass murder of Jews.

In the coming days, a recently restructured church commission would meet the renegades, the cardinal and Vienna archbishop told the Passauer Neue Presse.

Rome would not give the group a “free pass,” and Pope Benedict XVI was striving to “get a group of Catholics which has parted from the Church back into the boat,” said Schoenborn, who is a member of several Vatican bodies.

The non-negotiable positions to be set out to the Pius Society include the Church’s positions towards the Jewish faith, other non- Christian religions as well as Christian faiths, and towards religious freedom as a fundamental human right, according to Schoenborn.

In June, the pope placed the commission under the authority of the Holy See’s main disciplinary watchdog body, after it had drawn criticism for its handling of the SSPX.

SSPX members are currently barred from official roles within the church unless they agree to fully abide with its teachings.

Such teachings include the so-called Second Vatican Council reforms of the 1960s, which sought to modernize the Church.

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/285322,vatican-commission-to-draw-red-lines-for-ultra-traditionalists.html

also see:

Schönborn Upstages Falwell

Benedict XVI: Dialogue With the People of the Talmud a “Sacred Duty”

Compare Schönborn’s worship with the worship of the SSPX:

Cardinal Schönborn Mocks Mass

On The Contrary: What worship was like before the come-as-you-are-hootenanies of today

Thanks to an anonymous commenter at “Rorate Caeli” for the Schönborn video.

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Elder Brothers in the Hate

September 2, 2009

Fifteen minutes of hate in Silwan

The vicious anti-Arab sentiments flowing through the streets of this Jerusalem neighbourhood are a shock to the senses

Meron Rapoport – guardian.co.uk

Monday 31 August 2009

It’s searing hot, but there’s some pleasantness about the stone-flagged path rising from the centre of Silwan, Jerusalem. Maybe it’s the breeze, or the stone houses oozing coolness into the air, or maybe it’s the wide-open mountain landscape. There are three of us – Ilan, the director, Michael, the cameraman and me, the interviewee. We’re making a film on the blatant institutional discrimination against the residents of this Palestinian east-Jerusalem neighbourhood; authorities favour the Jewish settlers who are not hiding their desire to Judaise the neighbourhood, to void it of its Palestinian character.

Even before we position the camera, a group of orthodox Jewish girls, aged about eight to 10, come walking up the path in their ankle-long skirts, pretty, chattering, carefree. One of them slows down beside us, and pleasantly asks us if we want to film her. What would you like to tell us, we ask. I want to say that Jerusalem belongs to us Jews, she says as she walks on, only it’s a pity there are Arabs here. The messiah will only come when there isn’t a single Arab left here. She walks on, and her girlfriends giggle and rejoin her.

Two minutes later a young, well-built young man comes up, carrying a weapon and a radio, without any uniform or tag upon his clothes. Even before he opens his mouth I’m already guessing he’s a security guard, an employee of the private security contractor operated by settlers but sponsored by the housing ministry at an annual budget of NIS 40m (£4.6m). This security company has long since become a private militia policing the entire neighbourhood and intimidating the Palestinian residents without any legal basis whatsoever. A committee set up by a housing minister determined that this arrangement was to cease, and the security of both Palestinian and Jewish residents must be handed over to the Israeli national police. The government endorsed the committee’s conclusions in 2006, but recanted six months later, under settler pressure. The private security contractor went on operating.

What are you doing here, the guy asks us. What are you doing here, I reply. I’m a security guard, now tell me what are you doing here, he says, growing more irate. It’s none of your business, I reply. What’s your name, he asks. What’s your name, I answer. It doesn’t matter, he says, I’m a security guard. So my name doesn’t matter either, I reply. The security guy, visibly annoyed, resorts to conversing with his radio. If we were Palestinians, we’d have cleared the street at first notice. That’s the unwritten rule. But we are Hebrew-speaking Israelis. It’s a problem. The operation centre apparently explains our man that we’re on public ground and there’s little he can do about it. He positions himself nearby with his gun, not leaving us the entire trip.

We move on. A few minutes later two teenage girls, aged 17 or 18, come walking up the path. They’re not orthodox, and one can see that they’re not local. One of them stops in front of the camera. Film me, she pleads. Would you like to be interviewed, we ask. She says yes. She’s from the town of Gan Yavne, and came to visit Jerusalem, City of David. Why here, we ask. Because this is where King David was, she says. It’s a very important place for the Jewish people. It’s such a shame there are Arabs here, though. But very soon all the Arabs will be dead, God willing, and all of Jerusalem will be ours. She walks on.

Two minutes pass by, and an ultra-orthodox Jewish family comes striding up the path. The husband, all in black, asks Ilan: say, do both Jews and Arabs live in this neighbourhood? Both Palestinians and Jews, Ilan replies, but most residents are Palestinians. It’s only temporary, the ultra-Orthodox man reassures him, pretty soon there won’t be a single Arab left here.

I exchanged glances with Ilan and Michael. We’ve been here for less than 15 minutes, we haven’t asked anyone on what they feel about Arabs or the future of Jerusalem, we only stood for a short while in the street. Hate flowed toward us like a river to the sea, freely, naturally. Do you think, I ask Ilan, that we’ll run into someone who’ll say something positive, something human, something kind about human beings? Forget human, Ilan replies, I wonder if we’ll run into someone who’ll be content to just say something nice about the clear Jerusalem air.

Silwan. Remember that name. Its violence will soon overshadow that of Hebron.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/aug/31/silwan-jerusalem-hate

Zionist "Catholics"

November 24, 2007

http://www.israelcatholic.com/

This lunacy was first promoted by the editor of the most recently issued Catechism of the Catholic Church and member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/06/schoenborn-upstages-falwell.html

Zionist "Catholics"

November 24, 2007

http://www.israelcatholic.com/

This lunacy was first promoted by the editor of the most recently issued Catechism of the Catholic Church and member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/06/schoenborn-upstages-falwell.html

"Elder Brothers in the Faith" Hate the Central Symbol of our Faith

November 13, 2007

Increasingly more open hatred for the cross, childish lying, ridiculous demands: such are the fruits of religious relations with “The Jews.” Replacing the pectoral cross with a pectoral Auschwitz gas chamber pendant wouldn’t be enough to satisfy these self-obsessed “elder brothers.” Theologically, that switch has already taken place.

Austrian bishops barred from Jewish holy site in Jerusalem for wearing crosses

The Associated Press
November 12, 2007

JERUSALEM: Thirteen Austrian bishops were barred from praying at Jerusalem’s Western Wall last week by Jewish religious authorities when they refused to take off their crosses, according to Austrian officials.

On a planned visit on Thursday to the wall — the holiest place where Jews can pray — the bishops were given an ultimatum by the rabbi of the site: Either remove the crosses or stand behind a fence several meters (yards) from the site. The bishops refused the request and watched people praying from behind the fence, according to an Austrian official.

“They were a bit disappointed they were not let into the wall,” said Arad Benko, spokesman for the Austrian embassy. “It was a disappointing moment.” He said the bishops were not informed before the visit that wearing the crosses would be a problem.

Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall, said that while the site is open to all religions, worshippers are expected not to offend the sensitivities of Jews.

“Appearing like that at the wall plaza and at a meeting with me is insulting and provocative,” Rabinowitz told the Israeli daily Maariv. “I told them that the pope didn’t show up at the wall with a cross, but hid it.”

On a historic visit to the holy land in 2000, Pope John Paul II prayed at the Western Wall, stuffing a prayer between the cracks — a Jewish ritual to ask God to fulfill a wish. Pictures show the pope wearing a cross while praying.

The 13 bishops were in Israel attending the annual Austrian Bishops Conference, held in the Holy Land for the first time. Led by the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Schoenborn, the bishops visited several sites, including the town of Bethlehem and Israel’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem. They planned to pray at the Western Wall before they were turned away …
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/11/12/africa/ME-GEN-Israel-Bishops-Banned.php

Background on Zionist, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn here:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/06/schoenborn-upstages-falwell.html

"Elder Brothers in the Faith" Hate the Central Symbol of our Faith

November 13, 2007

Increasingly more open hatred for the cross, childish lying, ridiculous demands: such are the fruits of religious relations with “The Jews.” Replacing the pectoral cross with a pectoral Auschwitz gas chamber pendant wouldn’t be enough to satisfy these self-obsessed “elder brothers.” Theologically, that switch has already taken place.

Austrian bishops barred from Jewish holy site in Jerusalem for wearing crosses

The Associated Press
November 12, 2007

JERUSALEM: Thirteen Austrian bishops were barred from praying at Jerusalem’s Western Wall last week by Jewish religious authorities when they refused to take off their crosses, according to Austrian officials.

On a planned visit on Thursday to the wall — the holiest place where Jews can pray — the bishops were given an ultimatum by the rabbi of the site: Either remove the crosses or stand behind a fence several meters (yards) from the site. The bishops refused the request and watched people praying from behind the fence, according to an Austrian official.

“They were a bit disappointed they were not let into the wall,” said Arad Benko, spokesman for the Austrian embassy. “It was a disappointing moment.” He said the bishops were not informed before the visit that wearing the crosses would be a problem.

Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall, said that while the site is open to all religions, worshippers are expected not to offend the sensitivities of Jews.

“Appearing like that at the wall plaza and at a meeting with me is insulting and provocative,” Rabinowitz told the Israeli daily Maariv. “I told them that the pope didn’t show up at the wall with a cross, but hid it.”

On a historic visit to the holy land in 2000, Pope John Paul II prayed at the Western Wall, stuffing a prayer between the cracks — a Jewish ritual to ask God to fulfill a wish. Pictures show the pope wearing a cross while praying.

The 13 bishops were in Israel attending the annual Austrian Bishops Conference, held in the Holy Land for the first time. Led by the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Schoenborn, the bishops visited several sites, including the town of Bethlehem and Israel’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem. They planned to pray at the Western Wall before they were turned away …
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/11/12/africa/ME-GEN-Israel-Bishops-Banned.php

Background on Zionist, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn here:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/06/schoenborn-upstages-falwell.html

Racist Knesset Clears Itself of Racism

July 28, 2007

The Israeli Knesset is true to the Talmudic tradition of racism and doublespeak. According to Cardinal Schönborn, Christians should see the presence of these racial supremacist haters of truth in “Israel” as a fulfillment of Biblical prophesy and cause for rejoicing.

Anthology of bigotry

Jonathan Cook

The legislation states: “the leasing of Jewish National Fund lands for the purpose of settling Jews will not be seen as unacceptable discrimination.” Before the legislators voted, the Knesset’s legal adviser, Nurit Elstein, cleared the bill of accusations that it was racist.

Israel’s parliament last week approved by an overwhelming majority the first reading of a bill to ensure that much of the country’s inhabited land remains accessible to Jewish citizens only — a move described by one leading local newspaper as turning Israel into a “racist Jewish state”.

The private member’s bill, called the Jewish National Fund Law, has received cross-party support. The first reading was approved by 64 legislators, with 16 — most of them Arab MKs — opposed. Supporters ranged from former premiere Binyamin Netanyahu, leader of the Likud Party, to Ami Ayalon, a recent challenger to head the Labour Party.

The legislation is designed to nullify the threat posed by a Supreme Court judgment, reached in 2000, that potentially opens the door to thousands of Arab families leaving the tightly controlled areas assigned to them and choosing where they live. Currently Arab citizens, who comprise a fifth of the population, are barred from buying homes in most of the country.

The move is the latest in a series of battles since Israel’s establishment in 1948 to ensure exclusive Jewish control of land through an international Zionist organisation known as the Jewish National Fund (JNF). By the time of Israel’s founding, the JNF had bought about six per cent of historic Palestine for Jewish settlement. Rather than demanding that these territories be handed over by the JNF, the new state authorities assigned the organisation a special, quasi- governmental status. The JNF was also given a significant share of the lands and property confiscated from hundreds of thousands of Palestinians expelled during the 1948 War.

Today, the state has nationalised 80 per cent of land inside Israel, and the JNF holds another 13 per cent. Neither sells land to private owners on the grounds that it is being held in trust for worldwide Jewry. Instead, they offer long-term leases on the land in their possession.

The JNF has far more power than the division of land suggests, however: its 13 per cent share is reported to include some 70 per cent of the country’s inhabited land; it effectively controls a government body known as the Israel Lands Authority that manages the 93 per cent of land owned by the state and the JNF; and it dominates committees set up to vet applicants to hundreds of rural communities.

Because the JNF charter forbids it from selling or leasing land to non-Jews, this arrangement has allowed the JNF to discriminate against Arab citizens on behalf of the government. The JNF’s control of the Israel Lands Authority and the vetting committees has ensured that Arab citizens are excluded from most of the 93 per cent of nationalised land.

Instead they have been restricted to the three per cent of Israel on which Arab communities already exist or which is privately owned by Arab citizens, though even much of this land falls under the jurisdiction of Jewish regional councils that refuse to allow Arab families to build on it. Dozens of other Arab communities are classified as illegal because the state refuses to recognise them, even though they predate Israel’s establishment.

The JNF’s stranglehold on the management of Israeli land was finally challenged in 2000 when the Supreme Court compelled the vetting committee of a rural community, Katzir, to consider the application of an Arab family, the Kaadans, for a plot of land advertised for sale. Katzir’s committee, which until the ruling had been refusing even to deal with the Kaadans’ application, subsequently rejected the family on the grounds that they were not “socially suitable”. Seven years later the court has yet to offer the Kaadans proper redress.

However, the Kaadans ruling opened the way for other Arab families to demand the right to bid for homes in communities designed only for Jews. The JNF has twice tried to market homes in a new neighbourhood of Karmiel, a town in the Galilee, but has been forced to cancel the tender on each occasion when families from a nearby Arab community, Sakhnin, applied. A petition to the Supreme Court submitted in 2004 on behalf of the Arab families has yet to be heard.

In the meantime, the JNF is reported to be considering withdrawing from the long-standing arrangement that places the Israel Lands Authority in charge of managing all public land, including JNF land. As the court ruling applies only to land managed by the Israel Lands Authority, the JNF would be still entitled to discriminate if it marketed its own housing schemes without the help of the Israel Lands Authority.

The government has been desperately seeking a way both to maintain its relationship with the JNF and not to provoke a second court ruling against it. Earlier this year it announced that land was to be offered to Jews and Arabs without discrimination. In compensation, the JNF would be given state land of equal value every time it was forced to lease land to an Arab family.

The scheme has been criticised by human rights groups which fear it will perpetuate and ultimately exacerbate discrimination by increasing the amount of land under JNF ownership: the JNF will still own the land it is leasing to Arab families but it will also be sold additional land from the state.

The new bill seeks to prevent even the government’s proposed minor concession by nullifying the Supreme Court ruling. The legislation states: “the leasing of JNF lands for the purpose of settling Jews will not be seen as unacceptable discrimination.” Before the legislators voted, the Knesset’s legal adviser, Nurit Elstein, cleared the bill of accusations that it was racist.

Arab Knesset member Wassel Taha, of the National Democratic Assembly, said: “Only an insane Knesset would pass a racist law that affirms the great land theft of 1948 and turns it into Jews- only property.”

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2007/855/re92.htm

Racist Knesset Clears Itself of Racism

July 28, 2007

The Israeli Knesset is true to the Talmudic tradition of racism and doublespeak. According to Cardinal Schönborn, Christians should see the presence of these racial supremacist haters of truth in “Israel” as a fulfillment of Biblical prophesy and cause for rejoicing.

Anthology of bigotry

Jonathan Cook

The legislation states: “the leasing of Jewish National Fund lands for the purpose of settling Jews will not be seen as unacceptable discrimination.” Before the legislators voted, the Knesset’s legal adviser, Nurit Elstein, cleared the bill of accusations that it was racist.

Israel’s parliament last week approved by an overwhelming majority the first reading of a bill to ensure that much of the country’s inhabited land remains accessible to Jewish citizens only — a move described by one leading local newspaper as turning Israel into a “racist Jewish state”.

The private member’s bill, called the Jewish National Fund Law, has received cross-party support. The first reading was approved by 64 legislators, with 16 — most of them Arab MKs — opposed. Supporters ranged from former premiere Binyamin Netanyahu, leader of the Likud Party, to Ami Ayalon, a recent challenger to head the Labour Party.

The legislation is designed to nullify the threat posed by a Supreme Court judgment, reached in 2000, that potentially opens the door to thousands of Arab families leaving the tightly controlled areas assigned to them and choosing where they live. Currently Arab citizens, who comprise a fifth of the population, are barred from buying homes in most of the country.

The move is the latest in a series of battles since Israel’s establishment in 1948 to ensure exclusive Jewish control of land through an international Zionist organisation known as the Jewish National Fund (JNF). By the time of Israel’s founding, the JNF had bought about six per cent of historic Palestine for Jewish settlement. Rather than demanding that these territories be handed over by the JNF, the new state authorities assigned the organisation a special, quasi- governmental status. The JNF was also given a significant share of the lands and property confiscated from hundreds of thousands of Palestinians expelled during the 1948 War.

Today, the state has nationalised 80 per cent of land inside Israel, and the JNF holds another 13 per cent. Neither sells land to private owners on the grounds that it is being held in trust for worldwide Jewry. Instead, they offer long-term leases on the land in their possession.

The JNF has far more power than the division of land suggests, however: its 13 per cent share is reported to include some 70 per cent of the country’s inhabited land; it effectively controls a government body known as the Israel Lands Authority that manages the 93 per cent of land owned by the state and the JNF; and it dominates committees set up to vet applicants to hundreds of rural communities.

Because the JNF charter forbids it from selling or leasing land to non-Jews, this arrangement has allowed the JNF to discriminate against Arab citizens on behalf of the government. The JNF’s control of the Israel Lands Authority and the vetting committees has ensured that Arab citizens are excluded from most of the 93 per cent of nationalised land.

Instead they have been restricted to the three per cent of Israel on which Arab communities already exist or which is privately owned by Arab citizens, though even much of this land falls under the jurisdiction of Jewish regional councils that refuse to allow Arab families to build on it. Dozens of other Arab communities are classified as illegal because the state refuses to recognise them, even though they predate Israel’s establishment.

The JNF’s stranglehold on the management of Israeli land was finally challenged in 2000 when the Supreme Court compelled the vetting committee of a rural community, Katzir, to consider the application of an Arab family, the Kaadans, for a plot of land advertised for sale. Katzir’s committee, which until the ruling had been refusing even to deal with the Kaadans’ application, subsequently rejected the family on the grounds that they were not “socially suitable”. Seven years later the court has yet to offer the Kaadans proper redress.

However, the Kaadans ruling opened the way for other Arab families to demand the right to bid for homes in communities designed only for Jews. The JNF has twice tried to market homes in a new neighbourhood of Karmiel, a town in the Galilee, but has been forced to cancel the tender on each occasion when families from a nearby Arab community, Sakhnin, applied. A petition to the Supreme Court submitted in 2004 on behalf of the Arab families has yet to be heard.

In the meantime, the JNF is reported to be considering withdrawing from the long-standing arrangement that places the Israel Lands Authority in charge of managing all public land, including JNF land. As the court ruling applies only to land managed by the Israel Lands Authority, the JNF would be still entitled to discriminate if it marketed its own housing schemes without the help of the Israel Lands Authority.

The government has been desperately seeking a way both to maintain its relationship with the JNF and not to provoke a second court ruling against it. Earlier this year it announced that land was to be offered to Jews and Arabs without discrimination. In compensation, the JNF would be given state land of equal value every time it was forced to lease land to an Arab family.

The scheme has been criticised by human rights groups which fear it will perpetuate and ultimately exacerbate discrimination by increasing the amount of land under JNF ownership: the JNF will still own the land it is leasing to Arab families but it will also be sold additional land from the state.

The new bill seeks to prevent even the government’s proposed minor concession by nullifying the Supreme Court ruling. The legislation states: “the leasing of JNF lands for the purpose of settling Jews will not be seen as unacceptable discrimination.” Before the legislators voted, the Knesset’s legal adviser, Nurit Elstein, cleared the bill of accusations that it was racist.

Arab Knesset member Wassel Taha, of the National Democratic Assembly, said: “Only an insane Knesset would pass a racist law that affirms the great land theft of 1948 and turns it into Jews- only property.”

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2007/855/re92.htm

Opus Judei Founder, Escriba Preached Kabbalistic Doctrine, Tikkun Olam

July 27, 2007

“Be imitators of God, … cooperating humbly but fervently in the divine purpose of mending what is broken, of saving what is lost, of bringing back to order what sinful man has put out of order, of leading to its goal what has gone astray, of re-establishing the divine balance of all creation. (Josemaria Escriba, Christ is Passing By, 65)

http://www.opusdei.org/art.php?w=32&p=7403

Cardinal Schönborn (editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church) was quoted as stating that man participates in creation while speaking at an Opus Dei event:

“God gave men the dignity of being partakers in creation.” In a Mass commemorating Blessed Josemaria Escriva’s birth, the Archbishop of Vienna discussed the biblical view of work and Blessed Josemaria’s message of sanctification through work.
http://www.opusdei.org/art.php?w=32&p=2984

This is nonsense, of course. Christianity teaches no such thing.

Reminding readers that according to rabbinic tradition only “Jews” are “man,” I offer the source of Escriba and Schönborn’s strange doctrine, the Kabbalah:

… whereas God contains all by virtue of being its Creator and Initiator in whom everything is rooted and all potency is hidden, man’s role is to complete this process by being the agent through whom all the powers of creation are fully activated and made manifest. What exists seminally in God unfolds and develops in man. The key formulations of this outlook can already be found in the Kabbalah of Gerona and in the Zohar. Man is the perfecting agent in the structure of the cosmos; like all the other created beings, only even more so … Though [Adam’s] original harmony was disrupted by his sin, his principal mission remained to bring about a tikkun or restoration of this world … (Encyclopaedia Judaica, “Kabbalah”)

The Encyclopaedia Judaica goes on to directly state that this cosmogony is gnostic and then draws a parallel between Kabbalah and the dialectics of Hegel:

The Gnostic character of this cosmogony cannot be denied, though the detailed manner in which it is worked out is drawn entirely from internal Jewish sources … At the same time, side by side with this Gnostic outlook, we find a most astonishing tendency to a mode of contemplative thought that can be called “dialectic” in the strictest sense of the term as used by Hegel.
(Encyclopaedia Judaica, “Kabbalah”)

Opus Dei rabbi, Angel Kreiman also saw the rabbinic basis for Escriba’s ideas about perfecting creation:

“Moreover, that which most likens (Escriba’s) teachings to Judaism is the vocation of man to serve God through creative work, perfecting creation every day …”

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/02/opus-judei.html

Rabbi Marvin Heir preached the Kabbalistic doctrine, Tikkun Olam from the Vatican in 2005 in Benedict XVI’s presence and with his approval:

“We must do everything in our power to unite those tents of the righteous and the just to do our share of ‘Tikun Olam,’ so that we can restore the balance and return to our Creator, the magnificent world he intended.” (“Jewish-Catholic Ties Advancing Says Benedict XVI,” Zenit Nov. 14, 2005)

http://www.zenit.org/article-14540?l=english

Thinking among elite Catholic prelates has certainly taken on a strong Hasidic odor in recent times.

Opus Judei Founder, Escriba Preached Kabbalistic Doctrine, Tikkun Olam

July 27, 2007

“Be imitators of God, … cooperating humbly but fervently in the divine purpose of mending what is broken, of saving what is lost, of bringing back to order what sinful man has put out of order, of leading to its goal what has gone astray, of re-establishing the divine balance of all creation. (Josemaria Escriba, Christ is Passing By, 65)

http://www.opusdei.org/art.php?w=32&p=7403

Cardinal Schönborn (editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church) was quoted as stating that man participates in creation while speaking at an Opus Dei event:

“God gave men the dignity of being partakers in creation.” In a Mass commemorating Blessed Josemaria Escriva’s birth, the Archbishop of Vienna discussed the biblical view of work and Blessed Josemaria’s message of sanctification through work.
http://www.opusdei.org/art.php?w=32&p=2984

This is nonsense, of course. Christianity teaches no such thing.

Reminding readers that according to rabbinic tradition only “Jews” are “man,” I offer the source of Escriba and Schönborn’s strange doctrine: the Kabbalah:

… whereas God contains all by virtue of being its Creator and Initiator in whom everything is rooted and all potency is hidden, man’s role is to complete this process by being the agent through whom all the powers of creation are fully activated and made manifest. What exists seminally in God unfolds and develops in man. The key formulations of this outlook can already be found in the Kabbalah of Gerona and in the Zohar. Man is the perfecting agent in the structure of the cosmos; like all the other created beings, only even more so … Though [Adam’s] original harmony was disrupted by his sin, his principal mission remained to bring about a tikkun or restoration of this world … (Encyclopaedia Judaica, “Kabbalah”)

The Encyclopaedia Judaica goes on to directly state that this cosmogony is gnostic and then draws a parallel between Kabbalah and the dialectics of Hegel:

The Gnostic character of this cosmogony cannot be denied, though the detailed manner in which it is worked out is drawn entirely from internal Jewish sources … At the same time, side by side with this Gnostic outlook, we find a most astonishing tendency to a mode of contemplative thought that can be called “dialectic” in the strictest sense of the term as used by Hegel.
(Encyclopaedia Judaica, “Kabbalah”)

Opus Dei rabbi, Angel Kreiman also saw the rabbinic basis for Escriba’s ideas about perfecting creation:

“Moreover, that which most likens (Escriba’s) teachings to Judaism is the vocation of man to serve God through creative work, perfecting creation every day …”

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/02/opus-judei.html

Rabbi Marvin Heir preached the Kabbalistic doctrine, Tikkun Olam from the Vatican in 2005 in Benedict XVI’s presence and with his approval:

“We must do everything in our power to unite those tents of the righteous and the just to do our share of ‘Tikun Olam,’ so that we can restore the balance and return to our Creator, the magnificent world he intended.” (“Jewish-Catholic Ties Advancing Says Benedict XVI,” Zenit Nov. 14, 2005)

http://www.zenit.org/article-14540?l=english

Thinking among elite Catholic prelates has certainly taken on a strong Hasidic odor in recent times.