Archive for the ‘Catholic-Jewish Relations’ Category

Cardinal O’Malley to Accept ‘Noahide’ Award on Behalf of JPII

October 21, 2009

News from the occupied territory of Boston:

Interfaith event: Cardinal to visit Norwood Jewish school

Tue Oct 20, 2009

Stanley Hurwitz – Norwood Transcript and Bulletin

For the first time, the Archbishop of Boston will be the guest speaker at an event held at a Jewish day school on the South Shore.

The Nov. 12 program, open to the entire community, will be held at the South Area Solomon Schechter Day School in Norwood.

Keynote speaker Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, will accept the first Righteous Among Nations Award, which is being presented posthumously to Pope John Paul II to honor his work toward improving Catholic-Jewish relations, often at great personal risk.

Noting the interfaith program that has evolved in the last few years between SASSDS and area Catholic schools, SASSDS Head of School Jane Taubenfeld Cohen said, “Our students have formed a social and spiritual bond through learning, performance and play and have crossed the bridge of understanding. They are bringing the greater community along on this pioneering educational journey.”

O’Malley said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to visit the South Area Solomon Schechter Day School and to accept this award for the important work and commitment of Pope John Paul II to improving Catholic-Jewish relations. The late Holy Father taught us that through mutual respect, understanding and dialogue we can open doors for future generations to embrace each other as people of God. I am particularly pleased to be a part of this program, which is being made possible by the Israel Arbeiter Institute and Gallery of Understanding. Mr. Arbeiter provides us a powerful example of courage and a belief in the dignity of the human person. We pray for his continued leadership working for a just and compassionate society.”

The event is sponsored by the Israel Arbeiter Institute and Gallery of Understanding housed at SASSDS that features an exhibit, “The Life Lessons of Israel Arbeiter,” tracing the 84 year-old Holocaust survivor and human rights activist’s life from pre-World War II Poland through war-torn Europe, to emigration to America and the rebuilding of his life.

SASSDS President Andrew Butler said, “This year’s Gallery theme is ‘Children Make A Difference.’ By teaching our children to embrace differences, they can bring about real differences locally and worldwide now and throughout their lives. We expect to use this program as a springboard for future collaborative efforts.”

The gallery’s mission is to provide a venue in which children and adults can learn about the Holocaust, explore causes of hatred and prejudice, and participate in programs and events whose purpose is to promote understanding between people of different beliefs and backgrounds.

During the Nov. 12 event, third and sixth graders from St. Catherine of Siena School in Norwood and SASSDS will celebrate their interfaith learning through a new Unity Through Diversity workshop. They have both been studying an exhibit on the life of Pope John Paul II, “A Blessing to One Another,” which traces the early influences that affected his commitment to humanitarianism.

Second and fifth grade SASSDS and St. Catherine students who have collaborated in the last few years in the Sheer Arts Musical Theater program, will present a musical cantata honoring Pope John Paul II.

On display in the gallery for Cardinal O’Malley and all guests will also be artwork on “What Interfaith Understanding Means to Me” by children from SASSDS and St. John’s School of Canton.

The inter-school programming will continue in January, when Israel Arbeiter will give a tour of the exhibit and describe his life’s journey and what others can learn from it. In the spring, SASSDS students will visit the St. Catherine of Siena School.

Other supporters of the event include: the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors; the Anti-Defamation League, New England Region; the Jewish Community Relations Council; the American Jewish Committee; the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; and the Falmouth Jewish Congregation.

Reservations for Nov. 12 are $18 for seniors and students; $36 for individuals; $72 for families; and $180 for a Gold family sponsorship. Event and Gallery sponsorships start at $1,800. For information and reservations contact Diane Joiner: 781-769-9400 or email djoiner@sassds.org. Also visit http://www.sassds.org.

http://www.wickedlocal.com/norwood/news/education/x826020323/Interfaith-event-Cardinal-to-visit-Norwood-Jewish-school

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Benedict to Have Cordial Meeting With Slanderer of Christianity

October 27, 2008

This hater of Christendom teaches religion at Mount Saint Mary College in NY.

Prior to Vatican II (the Second Vatican Council), the Catholic Church was actually teaching anti-semitic ideas that laid the groundwork for the Holocaust,” [Rabbi] Polish said.

Rabbi will join Vatican sojourn

By Greg Marano • Poughkeepsie Journal • October 26, 2008

LAGRANGEVILLE – In his lifetime, Rabbi Daniel Polish has seen the Jewish and Catholic faiths heal some old rifts.

This week, he’ll be in Vatican City helping continue that work.

Polish, 66, rabbi at Congregation Shir Chadash in the Town of LaGrange, will be among a small group of rabbis meeting with Pope Benedict XVI to discuss relations between the two religions.

“This is, I think, a very sensitive moment in Catholic-Jewish relations,” Polish said. “There is this tension that we need to talk with one another about.”

Polish will be traveling on the pope’s invitation as a member of the Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations.

He said he looks forward to talking to the pope about issues such as the beatification of Pope Pius XII, who served during World War II and who critics say could have done more to fight the Holocaust.

He also wants to discuss the pope’s 2007 reinstitution of the Latin Good Friday liturgy that includes a prayer for Jewish conversion, which has not been given since the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s.

“Here’s a prayer that is understood to be for the conversion of the Jews, that had been removed from the Mass,” Polish said. “He’s reincluded this prayer, which is offensive to the religious sensibilities of the Jews” …

“Prior to Vatican II (the Second Vatican Council), the Catholic Church was actually teaching anti-semitic ideas that laid the groundwork for the Holocaust,” Polish said. “Now the church has repudiated those ideas. That’s a profound change; that’s a very dramatic change.”

“The religious relations between the Jewish community and the Catholic community since Vatican II have been very cordial.”

He is scheduled to leave on Tuesday and return on Friday, and said he hopes this mission will further heal the remaining rifts between the two faiths.

One issue he does not hope to discuss is relations between Vatican City and Israel; that’s a diplomatic issue, he said, and he wants to focus on the religious ones.

Polish teaches Hebrew scriptures and world religion at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, and says this fact alone is evidence of how far relations between the Catholic and Jewish religions have come.

“Until Vatican II, you would never have a rabbi teaching at a Catholic institution,” he said. “You certainly wouldn’t have him teaching a religious subject.”

Full Article:

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20081026/NEWS01/810260341

Benedict to Have Cordial Meeting With Slanderer of Christianity

October 27, 2008

This hater of Christendom teaches religion at Mount Saint Mary College in NY.

Prior to Vatican II (the Second Vatican Council), the Catholic Church was actually teaching anti-semitic ideas that laid the groundwork for the Holocaust,” [Rabbi] Polish said.

Rabbi will join Vatican sojourn

By Greg Marano • Poughkeepsie Journal • October 26, 2008

LAGRANGEVILLE – In his lifetime, Rabbi Daniel Polish has seen the Jewish and Catholic faiths heal some old rifts.

This week, he’ll be in Vatican City helping continue that work.

Polish, 66, rabbi at Congregation Shir Chadash in the Town of LaGrange, will be among a small group of rabbis meeting with Pope Benedict XVI to discuss relations between the two religions.

“This is, I think, a very sensitive moment in Catholic-Jewish relations,” Polish said. “There is this tension that we need to talk with one another about.”

Polish will be traveling on the pope’s invitation as a member of the Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations.

He said he looks forward to talking to the pope about issues such as the beatification of Pope Pius XII, who served during World War II and who critics say could have done more to fight the Holocaust.

He also wants to discuss the pope’s 2007 reinstitution of the Latin Good Friday liturgy that includes a prayer for Jewish conversion, which has not been given since the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s.

“Here’s a prayer that is understood to be for the conversion of the Jews, that had been removed from the Mass,” Polish said. “He’s reincluded this prayer, which is offensive to the religious sensibilities of the Jews” …

“Prior to Vatican II (the Second Vatican Council), the Catholic Church was actually teaching anti-semitic ideas that laid the groundwork for the Holocaust,” Polish said. “Now the church has repudiated those ideas. That’s a profound change; that’s a very dramatic change.”

“The religious relations between the Jewish community and the Catholic community since Vatican II have been very cordial.”

He is scheduled to leave on Tuesday and return on Friday, and said he hopes this mission will further heal the remaining rifts between the two faiths.

One issue he does not hope to discuss is relations between Vatican City and Israel; that’s a diplomatic issue, he said, and he wants to focus on the religious ones.

Polish teaches Hebrew scriptures and world religion at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, and says this fact alone is evidence of how far relations between the Catholic and Jewish religions have come.

“Until Vatican II, you would never have a rabbi teaching at a Catholic institution,” he said. “You certainly wouldn’t have him teaching a religious subject.”

Full Article:

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20081026/NEWS01/810260341

Rabbi Bans the Cross, Again

May 2, 2008

Witness the “love” and “tolerance” expressed by the “elder brother” rabbis for Christians in times and places where they hold authority. Due to conditioning through relentless bombardment with propaganda the average reader will perceive this rabbi’s ban on the cross to be a “justifiable emotional reaction” to “centuries of Christian persecution.” The truth is that the rabbis rule that the cross is an idolatrous symbol which must be blotted out along with the name and memory of Jesus Christ and that this was their teaching even when Christians had no power and were being persecuted by the synagogue.

This rabbinic ban on the cross will likely be accommodated by Catholic prelates, even as they allow the rabbis to preach the Noahide anti-gospel at Catholic parishes, schools and universities. Catholic-“Jewish” dialogue is a farcical, one-way street, as is everything else involving rabbis.

Irish Christian leaders barred from Western Wall for wearing crosses

May 1, 2008 – ASSOCIATED PRESS

The rabbi of the Western Wall says officials barred visiting Irish church leaders from praying there because they were wearing crosses.

Roman Catholic Cardinal Sean Brady, Church of Ireland Archbishop Alan Harper and Presbyterian and Methodist Moderators John Finlay and Roy Cooper arrived Thursday at the wall in the Old City of Jerusalem without informing Israeli authorities, Brady told the Irish broadcast network RTE.

“We encountered some difficulty in gaining access. There was a difficulty about us wearing our crosses,” he said. “We were under constraints of time… and we decided to move on.”

The site’s rabbi, Shmuel Rabinowitz, said all must respect its sanctity to Jews. “They were asked to remove the crosses, but they refused,” he said.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1209626988717&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

A similar incident took place in November 2007.

See:

“Elder Brothers in the Faith” Hate the Central Symbol of our Faith

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Rabbi Bans the Cross, Again

May 2, 2008

Witness the “love” and “tolerance” expressed by the “elder brother” rabbis for Christians in times and places where they hold authority. Due to conditioning through relentless bombardment with propaganda the average reader will perceive this rabbi’s ban on the cross to be a “justifiable emotional reaction” to “centuries of Christian persecution.” The truth is that the rabbis rule that the cross is an idolatrous symbol which must be blotted out along with the name and memory of Jesus Christ and that this was their teaching even when Christians had no power and were being persecuted by the synagogue.

This rabbinic ban on the cross will likely be accommodated by Catholic prelates, even as they allow the rabbis to preach the Noahide anti-gospel at Catholic parishes, schools and universities. Catholic-“Jewish” dialogue is a farcical, one-way street, as is everything else involving rabbis.

Irish Christian leaders barred from Western Wall for wearing crosses

May 1, 2008 – ASSOCIATED PRESS

The rabbi of the Western Wall says officials barred visiting Irish church leaders from praying there because they were wearing crosses.

Roman Catholic Cardinal Sean Brady, Church of Ireland Archbishop Alan Harper and Presbyterian and Methodist Moderators John Finlay and Roy Cooper arrived Thursday at the wall in the Old City of Jerusalem without informing Israeli authorities, Brady told the Irish broadcast network RTE.

“We encountered some difficulty in gaining access. There was a difficulty about us wearing our crosses,” he said. “We were under constraints of time… and we decided to move on.”

The site’s rabbi, Shmuel Rabinowitz, said all must respect its sanctity to Jews. “They were asked to remove the crosses, but they refused,” he said.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1209626988717&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

A similar incident took place in November 2007.

See:

“Elder Brothers in the Faith” Hate the Central Symbol of our Faith

.

ADL’s Rabbi Greenberg on Benedict XVI/Cardinal Ratzinger

April 11, 2008

Some tradidionalist pundits would have people believe that Benedict XVI is reversing John Paul II’s work in Catholic-“Jewish” relations. This theory is ridiculous. Benedict is more progressive in this area than JPII and was himself responsible for much of what happened in Catholic-“Jewish” relations during the JPII pontificate as the ADL’s director of interfaith policy, Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg explains:

“The papacy of John Paul II was so overwhelmingly positive for Catholic-Jewish relations, but one must always remember that Cardinal Ratzinger was a key player,” said Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg, director of interfaith policy for the Anti-Defamation League. “He was a part of all this.” (“Jewish relations are at forefront,” Gary Stern, Gannett News Service, April 11, 2008)

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080411/NEWS01/804110339/1006

ADL’s Rabbi Greenberg on Benedict XVI/Cardinal Ratzinger

April 11, 2008

Some tradidionalist pundits would have people believe that Benedict XVI is reversing John Paul II’s work in Catholic-“Jewish” relations. This theory is ridiculous. Benedict is more progressive in this area than JPII and was himself responsible for much of what happened in Catholic-“Jewish” relations during the JPII pontificate as the ADL’s director of interfaith policy, Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg explains:

“The papacy of John Paul II was so overwhelmingly positive for Catholic-Jewish relations, but one must always remember that Cardinal Ratzinger was a key player,” said Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg, director of interfaith policy for the Anti-Defamation League. “He was a part of all this.” (“Jewish relations are at forefront,” Gary Stern, Gannett News Service, April 11, 2008)

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080411/NEWS01/804110339/1006

neoBolshevik Warfare Taking Place in Catholic Classrooms

July 25, 2007

Courses include: “History of Jewish/Catholic Relations: From the Gospels Through Hitler.”

I have an idea for one, “Murderous Racial Supremacy: From the Pharisees Through Maimonides to Hitler, Founder of the Racial Supremacist State That Calls Itself ‘Israel’.”

Fontbonne offers semester on Judaism

EDUCATION

BY PAUL HACKBARTH, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT

For the first time in its history, Fontbonne University will offer a “dedicated semester” to studying Judaism with 14 new or previously taught courses this fall semester.

From “Judiasm and the Foundations of American Law” [????] to “History of Jewish/Catholic Relations: From the Gospels Through Hitler,” Fontbonne’s dedicated semester will include courses across several curricula for students interested in learning more about “Judaism and its Culture.”

Nancy Blattner, Fontbonne’s vice president and dean for academic affairs, said some of the courses have been taught on a regular basis before, such as the Hebrew Bible course.

“The courses run a range from business, communication, fine arts, both arts and music, government, history, religion, law and sociology,” Blattner said.

“We asked faculty to emphasize a topic in their area. For instance, the Middle East conflict class in communication is a debate class. It has been redirected for the focus on Judaism. At least half a dozen others have been created new for the semester upcoming,” she said.

Since Fontbonne is predominantly a Catholic school, choosing Judaism as the topic of its dedicated semester may seem atypical, but the school’s Judeo-Christian roots were the reason for Fontbonne’s pick.

“We were interested in looking at a way that Fontbonne could highlight and give emphasis that talks about our mission statement involving Judeo-Christian tradition,” said Blattner.

While Blattner said the campus community gives credence to the Christian part of that statement on a daily basis, the semester helps value the Jewish roots.

“Pope John Paul II talked about Jews as our elder brothers and sisters, and all Christian traditions derive from Jewish traditions,” she said …

In addition to the courses, throughout the semester, Jewish films will be shown in the evening, panels of rabbis will come to the Fontbonne campus for discussions from different perspectives, ranging from conservative Judaism to liberal approaches. Fontbonne will also celebrate the Jewish holidays during the fall semester.

Freshman will also be asked to read a novel The Chosen before their orientation in August. During orientation, the freshman will participate in discussion groups with faculty and staff to “talk about the themes in the novel, ask questions, show how they mark connections with the novel and there will also be an essay contest,” Blattner said. “They should understand this is the topic of the semester.”

Entire insane article at this link:

http://www.stljewishlight.com/topstories/312884987552181.php

neoBolshevik Warfare Taking Place in Catholic Classrooms

July 25, 2007

Courses include: “History of Jewish/Catholic Relations: From the Gospels Through Hitler.”

I have an idea for one, “Murderous Racial Supremacy: From the Pharisees Through Maimonides to Hitler, Founder of the Racial Supremacist State That Calls Itself ‘Israel’.”

Fontbonne offers semester on Judaism

EDUCATION

BY PAUL HACKBARTH, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT

For the first time in its history, Fontbonne University will offer a “dedicated semester” to studying Judaism with 14 new or previously taught courses this fall semester.

From “Judiasm and the Foundations of American Law” [????] to “History of Jewish/Catholic Relations: From the Gospels Through Hitler,” Fontbonne’s dedicated semester will include courses across several curricula for students interested in learning more about “Judaism and its Culture.”

Nancy Blattner, Fontbonne’s vice president and dean for academic affairs, said some of the courses have been taught on a regular basis before, such as the Hebrew Bible course.

“The courses run a range from business, communication, fine arts, both arts and music, government, history, religion, law and sociology,” Blattner said.

“We asked faculty to emphasize a topic in their area. For instance, the Middle East conflict class in communication is a debate class. It has been redirected for the focus on Judaism. At least half a dozen others have been created new for the semester upcoming,” she said.

Since Fontbonne is predominantly a Catholic school, choosing Judaism as the topic of its dedicated semester may seem atypical, but the school’s Judeo-Christian roots were the reason for Fontbonne’s pick.

“We were interested in looking at a way that Fontbonne could highlight and give emphasis that talks about our mission statement involving Judeo-Christian tradition,” said Blattner.

While Blattner said the campus community gives credence to the Christian part of that statement on a daily basis, the semester helps value the Jewish roots.

“Pope John Paul II talked about Jews as our elder brothers and sisters, and all Christian traditions derive from Jewish traditions,” she said …

In addition to the courses, throughout the semester, Jewish films will be shown in the evening, panels of rabbis will come to the Fontbonne campus for discussions from different perspectives, ranging from conservative Judaism to liberal approaches. Fontbonne will also celebrate the Jewish holidays during the fall semester.

Freshman will also be asked to read a novel The Chosen before their orientation in August. During orientation, the freshman will participate in discussion groups with faculty and staff to “talk about the themes in the novel, ask questions, show how they mark connections with the novel and there will also be an essay contest,” Blattner said. “They should understand this is the topic of the semester.”

Entire insane article at this link:

http://www.stljewishlight.com/topstories/312884987552181.php