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Robert Sungenis Writes …

October 20, 2008

Robert Sungenis has written a response to my comments on Benedict XVI’s recent Talmud reference in the following two blog postings:

Benedict Cites Talmud Approvingly, Suggests Jesus Acted in Accordance with it

Pope’s Diabolical Revolution in Catholic/Jewish Relations

Robert Sungenis’ response is here:

http://catholicintl.com/articles/Maurice_Pinay_writes.pdf

Robert Sungenis apparently believes that Benedict XVI was evangelizing a group of rabbis, European “Jewish” Congress members, and other Judaic power-brokers in his September 12, 2008 address to the “Jewish” community at Paris, France. I find this a strange conclusion to draw. These rabbis and EJC characters are so acutely sensitive and hysterically averse to true Christian evangelization of “Jews” that if Benedict actually was attempting to evangelize them it would certainly be detected and would not be tolerated for a second. These people can’t even allow the minuscule traditional Catholic minority to pray for them in virtual seclusion on one day of the year.

If Sungenis wants others to believe as he does–that Benedict is evangelizing rabbis and their followers in the same spirit as Jesus Christ and St. Paul–he should offer some evidence that this is so. I haven’t seen any. I have, in fact, amassed a mountain of evidence that the contrary is true–that not only is Benedict affirming the errors of the anti-Christ religion of Orthodox Judaism, he’s also introducing these errors into the Christian fold; building deep relations between Catholics and “Jews.”

But this is besides Benedict’s sly misrepresentation of a Talmud passage which Sungenis apparently takes at face value. Sungenis writes:

“… the pope was quite correct in using the Talmud in his discussion with the Jews in France, for what he proposed to them from their own book about the Sabbath was precisely the same argument that Jesus used against the Pharisees. If, in some sections of the Talmud, it can be shown that the statements therein agree with godly principles and Christian truth, it is certainly appropriate to quote them to the people who believe they are authoritative, for you show them that even their own authority agrees with you.”

This is a trap into which many investigators of rabbinic texts fall which is dismantled in Judaism Discovered. Benedict has presented only one side of a dialectical argument which does not represent the halachic synthesis. The Talmud passage that Benedict quoted is not authoritative as Sungenis assumes. The rabbis that Benedict addressed know this. Benedict himself cannot be unaware of it. The rabbis–from the time of Christ till the present day–run a Sabbath law tyranny that is as far from Jesus’ Gospel teaching as black is from white. This is so patent that I can’t believe it needs an explanation. Jesus and the Pharisees were conflicted on the man-made (NOT biblical) pharisaic Sabbath laws because their teachings were completely opposed. Rabbi-contrived Sabbath laws have only become more tyrannical since the time of Christ and they are authoritative.

No, Benedict was not evangelizing those rabbis. He was, as usual, creating confusion in the minds of his own followers by asserting a commonality which does not exist.

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Robert Sungenis Writes …

October 20, 2008

Robert Sungenis has written a response to my comments on Benedict XVI’s recent Talmud reference in the following two blog postings:

Benedict Cites Talmud Approvingly, Suggests Jesus Acted in Accordance with it

Pope’s Diabolical Revolution in Catholic/Jewish Relations

Robert Sungenis’ response is here:

http://catholicintl.com/articles/Maurice_Pinay_writes.pdf

Robert Sungenis apparently believes that Benedict XVI was evangelizing a group of rabbis, European “Jewish” Congress members, and other Judaic power-brokers in his September 12, 2008 address to the “Jewish” community at Paris, France. I find this a strange conclusion to draw. These rabbis and EJC characters are so acutely sensitive and hysterically averse to true Christian evangelization of “Jews” that if Benedict actually was attempting to evangelize them it would certainly be detected and would not be tolerated for a second. These people can’t even allow the minuscule traditional Catholic minority to pray for them in virtual seclusion on one day of the year.

If Sungenis wants others to believe as he does–that Benedict is evangelizing rabbis and their followers in the same spirit as Jesus Christ and St. Paul–he should offer some evidence that this is so. I haven’t seen any. I have, in fact, amassed a mountain of evidence that the contrary is true–that not only is Benedict affirming the errors of the anti-Christ religion of Orthodox Judaism, he’s also introducing these errors into the Christian fold; building deep relations between Catholics and “Jews.”

But this is besides Benedict’s sly misrepresentation of a Talmud passage which Sungenis apparently takes at face value. Sungenis writes:

“… the pope was quite correct in using the Talmud in his discussion with the Jews in France, for what he proposed to them from their own book about the Sabbath was precisely the same argument that Jesus used against the Pharisees. If, in some sections of the Talmud, it can be shown that the statements therein agree with godly principles and Christian truth, it is certainly appropriate to quote them to the people who believe they are authoritative, for you show them that even their own authority agrees with you.”

This is a trap into which many investigators of rabbinic texts fall which is dismantled in Judaism Discovered. Benedict has presented only one side of a dialectical argument which does not represent the halachic synthesis. The Talmud passage that Benedict quoted is not authoritative as Sungenis assumes. The rabbis that Benedict addressed know this. Benedict himself cannot be unaware of it. The rabbis–from the time of Christ till the present day–run a Sabbath law tyranny that is as far from Jesus’ Gospel teaching as black is from white. This is so patent that I can’t believe it needs an explanation. Jesus and the Pharisees were conflicted on the man-made (NOT biblical) pharisaic Sabbath laws because their teachings were completely opposed. Rabbi-contrived Sabbath laws have only become more tyrannical since the time of Christ and they are authoritative.

No, Benedict was not evangelizing those rabbis. He was, as usual, creating confusion in the minds of his own followers by asserting a commonality which does not exist.

Robert Sungenis Writes …

October 20, 2008

Robert Sungenis has written a response to my comments on Benedict XVI’s recent Talmud reference in the following two blog postings:

Benedict Cites Talmud Approvingly, Suggests Jesus Acted in Accordance with it

Pope’s Diabolical Revolution in Catholic/Jewish Relations

Robert Sungenis’ response is here:

http://catholicintl.com/articles/Maurice_Pinay_writes.pdf

Robert Sungenis apparently believes that Benedict XVI was evangelizing a group of rabbis, European “Jewish” Congress members, and other Judaic power-brokers in his September 12, 2008 address to the “Jewish” community at Paris, France. I find this a strange conclusion to draw. These rabbis and EJC characters are so acutely sensitive and hysterically averse to true Christian evangelization of “Jews” that if Benedict actually was attempting to evangelize them it would certainly be detected and would not be tolerated for a second. These people can’t even allow the minuscule traditional Catholic minority to pray for them in virtual seclusion on one day of the year.

If Sungenis wants others to believe as he does–that Benedict is evangelizing rabbis and their followers in the same spirit as Jesus Christ and St. Paul–he should offer some evidence that this is so. I haven’t seen any. I have, in fact, amassed a mountain of evidence that the contrary is true–that not only is Benedict affirming the errors of the anti-Christ religion of Orthodox Judaism, he’s also introducing these errors into the Christian fold; building deep relations between Catholics and “Jews.”

But this is besides Benedict’s sly misrepresentation of a Talmud passage which Sungenis apparently takes at face value. Sungenis writes:

“… the pope was quite correct in using the Talmud in his discussion with the Jews in France, for what he proposed to them from their own book about the Sabbath was precisely the same argument that Jesus used against the Pharisees. If, in some sections of the Talmud, it can be shown that the statements therein agree with godly principles and Christian truth, it is certainly appropriate to quote them to the people who believe they are authoritative, for you show them that even their own authority agrees with you.”

This is a trap into which many investigators of rabbinic texts fall which is dismantled in Judaism Discovered. Benedict has presented only one side of a dialectical argument which does not represent the halachic synthesis. The Talmud passage that Benedict quoted is not authoritative as Sungenis assumes. The rabbis that Benedict addressed know this. Benedict himself cannot be unaware of it. The rabbis–from the time of Christ till the present day–run a Sabbath law tyranny that is as far from Jesus’ Gospel teaching as black is from white. This is so patent that I can’t believe it needs an explanation. Jesus and the Pharisees were conflicted on the man-made (NOT biblical) pharisaic Sabbath laws because their teachings were completely opposed. Rabbi-contrived Sabbath laws have only become more tyrannical since the time of Christ and they are authoritative.

No, Benedict was not evangelizing those rabbis. He was, as usual, creating confusion in the minds of his own followers by asserting a commonality which does not exist.

Benedict Cites Talmud Approvingly, Suggests Jesus Acted in Accordance with it

September 17, 2008

The real, non-biblical rabbinic Sabbath traditions, which “hang like mountains by a string” which Benedict lauds euphemistically and associates with Jesus Christ in his Orwellian address to rabbis and EJC-type characters in France who he calls “the children of the Promise, the children of the Covenant, beloved brothers and sisters in the faith” are elucidated in Judaism Discovered pp. 942-952.

In the Gospel Jesus and the disciples pick grain on the Sabbath, Jesus heals on the Sabbath and instructs the lame man who He healed at the pool at Bethsaida to carry his bed on the Sabbath. This was all contrary to the rabbi/Pharisees’ tyrannical man-made Sabbath laws which Jesus wholly condemned. Jesus didn’t praise the Pharisees for reading scripture on the Sabbath while overlooking their tyrannical, anti-biblical Sabbath laws as Benedict does here.

Furthermore, Talmud tractate Yoma, which Benedict cites approvingly, is filled with anti-goy legalism, notably, the double-standard of compensation for damages which the Soncino footnotes explains thus:

The Jewish owner of an ox which has gored an ox owned by a [Gentile], is not obliged to pay damages, whereas the [Gentile] would have to pay full damage, whether the owner had been forewarned or not. The Jewish owner of an ox who has gored an ox owned by a fellow-Jew, if not forewarned must pay half of the damage; if forewarned, full damage. (Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 85a Soncino footnote v.5)

Benedict XVI, a well educated man who is knowledgeable of rabbinic tradition, is perpetrating a diabolical fraud. He’s attempting to create harmony between Mark 2;27 and Talmud Yoma 58b. If the rabbi/Pharisees who wrote the Talmud really intended that observance of Sabbath rest was subordinate to the needs of men, as Jesus taught in Mark 2:27, then why did they attack Jesus for healing on the Sabbath? Why do they–to this day–rule that Judaic doctors may not treat a dying non-Judaic person on the Sabbath unless it would cause trouble to “the Jews” to not do so? Why must “Jews” to this day not turn on light switches on the Sabbath, wash dishes, push baby strollers, etc., etc. ad infinitum? Why must they be roped into a rabbi-designated ghetto (eruv) to get some relief from the myriad of tyrannical, impossible to observe rabbinic Sabbath laws?

What a farce.

APOSTOLIC JOURNEY
OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI
TO FRANCE ON THE OCCASION OF THE 150th ANNIVERSARY
OF THE APPARITIONS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY AT LOURDES
(SEPTEMBER 12 – 15, 2008)


MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI

Elysée Palace, Paris
Friday, 12 September 2008

Dear friends, it is with great pleasure that I meet with you this evening. Our meeting auspiciously coincides with the vigil of the weekly celebration of the shabbat, the day which from time immemorial has occupied a significant position in the religious and cultural life of the people of Israel. Every pious Jew sanctifies the shabbat with the reading of the Scriptures and the reciting of the Psalms. Dear friends, as you know, the prayer of Jesus also was nourished by the Psalms. Regularly he went to the temple and the synagogue. There he too listened to the word on the Sabbath. There he wanted to underline the goodness with which God cares for man, even in the arrangement of time. Does not the Talmud Yoma (85b) say: the Sabbath is offered to you, but you are not offered to the Sabbath? Christ has asked the people of the Covenant to recognize always the unprecedented greatness and love of the Creator for all humanity. Dear friends, because of that which unites us and that which separates us, we share a relationship that should be strengthened and lived. And we know that these fraternal bonds constitute a continual invitation to know and to respect one another better.

By her very nature the Catholic Church feels obliged to respect the Covenant made by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Indeed, the Church herself is situated within the eternal Covenant of the Almighty, whose plans are immutable, and she respects the children of the Promise, the children of the Covenant, as her beloved brothers and sisters in the faith. She compellingly repeats, through my voice, the words of the great Pope Pius XI, my beloved predecessor: Spiritually, we are Semites (Allocution to the Belgian Pilgrims, 16 September 1938). The Church therefore is opposed to every form of anti-Semitism, which can never be theologically justified. The theologian Henri de Lubac, in a time of darkness, as Pius XII (Summi Pontificatus, 10 October 1939) described it, added that to be anti-Semitic also signifies being anti-Christian (cf. Un nuovo fronte religioso in: Israele e la Fede Cristiana [1942]). Once again I feel the duty to pay heartfelt recognition to those who have died unjustly and to those that have dedicated themselves to assure that the names of these victims may always be remembered. God does not forget!

I cannot neglect, on an occasion such as this, to recall the eminent role played by the Jews of France in the building up of the whole nation and of their prestigious contribution to her spiritual patrimony. They have given – and continue to give – great figures to the spheres of politics, culture and the arts. To each one of them I extend affectionate and respectful wishes and with fervour I invoke upon all of your families and upon all of your communities a special Blessing of the Lord of time and of history. Shabbat shalom!

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/2008/september/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20080912_parigi-juive_en.html

Benedict Cites Talmud Approvingly, Suggests Jesus Acted in Accordance with it

September 17, 2008

The real, non-biblical rabbinic Sabbath traditions, which “hang like mountains by a string” which Benedict lauds euphemistically and associates with Jesus Christ in his Orwellian address to rabbis and EJC-type characters in France who he calls “the children of the Promise, the children of the Covenant, beloved brothers and sisters in the faith” are elucidated in Judaism Discovered pp. 942-952.

In the Gospel Jesus and the disciples pick grain on the Sabbath, Jesus heals on the Sabbath and instructs the lame man who He healed at the pool at Bethsaida to carry his bed on the Sabbath. This was all contrary to the rabbi/Pharisees’ tyrannical man-made Sabbath laws which Jesus wholly condemned. Jesus didn’t praise the Pharisees for reading scripture on the Sabbath while overlooking their tyrannical, anti-biblical Sabbath laws as Benedict does here.

Furthermore, Talmud tractate Yoma, which Benedict cites approvingly, is filled with anti-goy legalism, notably, the double-standard of compensation for damages which the Soncino footnotes explains thus:

The Jewish owner of an ox which has gored an ox owned by a [Gentile], is not obliged to pay damages, whereas the [Gentile] would have to pay full damage, whether the owner had been forewarned or not. The Jewish owner of an ox who has gored an ox owned by a fellow-Jew, if not forewarned must pay half of the damage; if forewarned, full damage. (Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 85a Soncino footnote v.5)

Benedict XVI, a well educated man who is knowledgeable of rabbinic tradition, is perpetrating a diabolical fraud. He’s attempting to create harmony between Mark 2;27 and Talmud Yoma 58b. If the rabbi/Pharisees who wrote the Talmud really intended that observance of Sabbath rest was subordinate to the needs of men, as Jesus taught in Mark 2:27, then why did they attack Jesus for healing on the Sabbath? Why do they–to this day–rule that Judaic doctors may not treat a dying non-Judaic person on the Sabbath unless it would cause trouble to “the Jews” to not do so? Why must “Jews” to this day not turn on light switches on the Sabbath, wash dishes, push baby strollers, etc., etc. ad infinitum? Why must they be roped into a rabbi-designated ghetto (eruv) to get some relief from the myriad of tyrannical, impossible to observe rabbinic Sabbath laws?

What a farce.

APOSTOLIC JOURNEY
OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI
TO FRANCE ON THE OCCASION OF THE 150th ANNIVERSARY
OF THE APPARITIONS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY AT LOURDES
(SEPTEMBER 12 – 15, 2008)


MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI

Elysée Palace, Paris
Friday, 12 September 2008

Dear friends, it is with great pleasure that I meet with you this evening. Our meeting auspiciously coincides with the vigil of the weekly celebration of the shabbat, the day which from time immemorial has occupied a significant position in the religious and cultural life of the people of Israel. Every pious Jew sanctifies the shabbat with the reading of the Scriptures and the reciting of the Psalms. Dear friends, as you know, the prayer of Jesus also was nourished by the Psalms. Regularly he went to the temple and the synagogue. There he too listened to the word on the Sabbath. There he wanted to underline the goodness with which God cares for man, even in the arrangement of time. Does not the Talmud Yoma (85b) say: the Sabbath is offered to you, but you are not offered to the Sabbath? Christ has asked the people of the Covenant to recognize always the unprecedented greatness and love of the Creator for all humanity. Dear friends, because of that which unites us and that which separates us, we share a relationship that should be strengthened and lived. And we know that these fraternal bonds constitute a continual invitation to know and to respect one another better.

By her very nature the Catholic Church feels obliged to respect the Covenant made by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Indeed, the Church herself is situated within the eternal Covenant of the Almighty, whose plans are immutable, and she respects the children of the Promise, the children of the Covenant, as her beloved brothers and sisters in the faith. She compellingly repeats, through my voice, the words of the great Pope Pius XI, my beloved predecessor: Spiritually, we are Semites (Allocution to the Belgian Pilgrims, 16 September 1938). The Church therefore is opposed to every form of anti-Semitism, which can never be theologically justified. The theologian Henri de Lubac, in a time of darkness, as Pius XII (Summi Pontificatus, 10 October 1939) described it, added that to be anti-Semitic also signifies being anti-Christian (cf. Un nuovo fronte religioso in: Israele e la Fede Cristiana [1942]). Once again I feel the duty to pay heartfelt recognition to those who have died unjustly and to those that have dedicated themselves to assure that the names of these victims may always be remembered. God does not forget!

I cannot neglect, on an occasion such as this, to recall the eminent role played by the Jews of France in the building up of the whole nation and of their prestigious contribution to her spiritual patrimony. They have given – and continue to give – great figures to the spheres of politics, culture and the arts. To each one of them I extend affectionate and respectful wishes and with fervour I invoke upon all of your families and upon all of your communities a special Blessing of the Lord of time and of history. Shabbat shalom!

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/2008/september/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20080912_parigi-juive_en.html

Benedict Meets in Cabal with the Pharisees

April 18, 2008

On Thursday, April 17, 2008, the anniversary of the night Jesus was betrayed by Judas to the Pharisees according to the Hebrew calendar, Benedict XVI met with 200 world religion leaders and thereafter met privately in cabal with today’s Pharisees whom he expressed his closeness with as they celebrate their Tamudic, counterfeit version of Passover. In his address to the Pharisees, Benedict stated that Christ’s Passover is inseparable from the Talmudic “Passover” which they celebrate and that Christians are bound to these followers of Talmud and should celebrate the Talmudic “Passover” together with them in the spirit of “mercy.” What the followers of Talmud are celebrating, however, is not mercy, as Benedict falsely implies, but vengeance, and the hope that “Esau” (Christians) will be annihilated, that Solomon’s Temple will be rebuilt and that their Gentile-smashing “Messiah” will come (Babylonian Talmud, Pesachim 5a). I anticipate that neotraditionalists will laud Benedict’s mention of Jesus during this address, oblivious to the reality that this “Jesus” Benedict alludes to is a Talmudic “Jesus”–one who mixes white with black, who calls vengeance by the name “mercy” and who betrays His sheep into the jaws of wolves telling them that it is through the wolves that salvation comes.

From the Vatican Press Office, filed under the Orwellian heading “DISCOVERING TRUTH: PURPOSE OF INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE”:

VATICAN CITY, 17 APR 2008 (VIS) – In the Pope John Paul II Cultural Centre in Washington D.C. at 6.30 p.m. local time today, Benedict XVI met with [and addressed] some 200 representatives of five religious communities: Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Jains …

Having completed his discourse, the Pope moved on to the Pope John Paul II Cultural Centre’s Polish National Room. There he met representatives of the Jewish community to whom he consigned a Message for the Feast of the Passover, which this year begins on Saturday 19 April.

In his Passover Message, the Pope writes: “At this time of your most solemn celebration, I feel particularly close, precisely because of what ‘Nostra Aetate’ calls Christians to remember always: that the Church ‘received the revelation of the Old Testament through the people with whom God in His inexpressible mercy concluded the ancient Covenant. … In addressing myself to you I wish to re-affirm the Second Vatican Council’s teaching on Catholic- Jewish relations and reiterate the Church’s commitment to the dialogue that in the past forty years has fundamentally changed our relationship for the better.

“Because of that growth in trust and friendship”, the Holy Father adds in his Message, “Christians and Jews can rejoice together in the deep spiritual ethos of the Passover, a memorial of freedom and redemption. Each year, when we listen to the Passover story we return to that blessed night of liberation. This holy time of the year should be a call to both our communities to pursue justice, mercy, solidarity with the stranger in the land, with the widow and orphan, as Moses commanded”.

“This bond permits us Christians to celebrate alongside you, though in our own way, the Passover of Christ’s death and resurrection, which we see as inseparable from your own, for Jesus Himself said: ‘salvation is from the Jews’. Our Easter and your Pesah, while distinct and different, unite us in our common hope centred on God and His mercy”.

“With respect and friendship, I therefore ask the Jewish community to accept my Pesah greeting in a spirit of openness to the real possibilities of co- operation which we see before us as we contemplate the urgent needs of our world, and as we look with compassion upon the sufferings of millions of our brothers and sisters everywhere. Naturally, our shared hope for peace in the world embraces the Middle East and the Holy Land in particular. May the memory of God’s mercies, which Jews and Christians celebrate at this festive time, inspire all those responsible for the future of that region – where the events surrounding God’s revelation actually took place – to new efforts, and especially to new attitudes and a new purification of hearts!”

http://212.77.1.245/news_services/press/vis/dinamiche/d2_en.htm

Benedict Meets in Cabal with the Pharisees

April 18, 2008

On Thursday, April 17, 2008, the anniversary of the night Jesus was betrayed by Judas to the Pharisees according to the Hebrew calendar, Benedict XVI met with 200 world religion leaders and thereafter met privately in cabal with today’s Pharisees whom he expressed his closeness with as they celebrate their Tamudic, counterfeit version of Passover. In his address to the Pharisees, Benedict stated that Christ’s Passover is inseparable from the Talmudic “Passover” which they celebrate and that Christians are bound to these followers of Talmud and should celebrate the Talmudic “Passover” together with them in the spirit of “mercy.” What the followers of Talmud are celebrating, however, is not mercy, as Benedict falsely implies, but vengeance, and the hope that “Esau” (Christians) will be annihilated, that Solomon’s Temple will be rebuilt and that their Gentile-smashing “Messiah” will come (Babylonian Talmud, Pesachim 5a). I anticipate that neotraditionalists will laud Benedict’s mention of Jesus during this address, oblivious to the reality that this “Jesus” Benedict alludes to is a Talmudic “Jesus”–one who mixes white with black, who calls vengeance by the name “mercy” and who betrays His sheep into the jaws of wolves telling them that it is through the wolves that salvation comes.

From the Vatican Press Office, filed under the Orwellian heading “DISCOVERING TRUTH: PURPOSE OF INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE”:

VATICAN CITY, 17 APR 2008 (VIS) – In the Pope John Paul II Cultural Centre in Washington D.C. at 6.30 p.m. local time today, Benedict XVI met with [and addressed] some 200 representatives of five religious communities: Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Jains …

Having completed his discourse, the Pope moved on to the Pope John Paul II Cultural Centre’s Polish National Room. There he met representatives of the Jewish community to whom he consigned a Message for the Feast of the Passover, which this year begins on Saturday 19 April.

In his Passover Message, the Pope writes: “At this time of your most solemn celebration, I feel particularly close, precisely because of what ‘Nostra Aetate’ calls Christians to remember always: that the Church ‘received the revelation of the Old Testament through the people with whom God in His inexpressible mercy concluded the ancient Covenant. … In addressing myself to you I wish to re-affirm the Second Vatican Council’s teaching on Catholic- Jewish relations and reiterate the Church’s commitment to the dialogue that in the past forty years has fundamentally changed our relationship for the better.

“Because of that growth in trust and friendship”, the Holy Father adds in his Message, “Christians and Jews can rejoice together in the deep spiritual ethos of the Passover, a memorial of freedom and redemption. Each year, when we listen to the Passover story we return to that blessed night of liberation. This holy time of the year should be a call to both our communities to pursue justice, mercy, solidarity with the stranger in the land, with the widow and orphan, as Moses commanded”.

“This bond permits us Christians to celebrate alongside you, though in our own way, the Passover of Christ’s death and resurrection, which we see as inseparable from your own, for Jesus Himself said: ‘salvation is from the Jews’. Our Easter and your Pesah, while distinct and different, unite us in our common hope centred on God and His mercy”.

“With respect and friendship, I therefore ask the Jewish community to accept my Pesah greeting in a spirit of openness to the real possibilities of co- operation which we see before us as we contemplate the urgent needs of our world, and as we look with compassion upon the sufferings of millions of our brothers and sisters everywhere. Naturally, our shared hope for peace in the world embraces the Middle East and the Holy Land in particular. May the memory of God’s mercies, which Jews and Christians celebrate at this festive time, inspire all those responsible for the future of that region – where the events surrounding God’s revelation actually took place – to new efforts, and especially to new attitudes and a new purification of hearts!”

http://212.77.1.245/news_services/press/vis/dinamiche/d2_en.htm

Benedict’s Elder Brother, Israeli Chief Rabbi Calls For Religious/Ethnic Cleansing

January 29, 2008

Last year this lunatic Chief Rabbi of “Israel,” Yona Metzger was given a platform at the Vatican to pronounce that “lack of action against [Iran] is a cardinal sin.” Benedict supported Rabbi Metzger’s edict by encouraging Christians to cooperate with “Jews” (but not Muslims) “for justice and peace in the world.” This must be the “justice and peace” he had in mind.

background here:

Rabbinic Moralizing and Warmongering from Rome

Gazans belong in Sinai, says Chief Rabbi Metzger

By Saul Sadka, Haaretz

January 28, 2008

LONDON – Gazans should be transfered to the Sinai Peninsula where a Palestinian state could be constructed for them in the desert, according to Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, in an interview with the British weekly “The Jewish News.”

Metzger also said that while Muslims should be allowed to pray in the mosques on the Temple Mount, Muslims “have no connection to Jerusalem”, and must recognize that Jerusalem belongs to the Jews. Muslims have Mecca and Medina, “you don’t need a third place.”

Metzger called for Britain, the European Union and the United States to assist in the construction of a Palestinian state in the Sinai Desert. According to Metzger, the plan would be to “take all the poor people from Gaza to move them to a wonderful new modern country with trains, buses, cars, like in Arizona. This will be a solution for the poor people – they will have a nice county, and we shall have our country and we shall live in peace.”

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/948977.html

Video of the above mentioned interview with Rabbi Metzer is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8KR3dIAjM4&eurl=http://www.totallyjewish.com/

And note that the Rabbi proposes that the U.S., Great Britain and the European Union pay for his ethnic cleansing plan. And this, after he declares that as a “religious” figure he doesn’t make political statements!

Also see:

Israeli Chief Rabbi Thanks Bush for War On Iraq

A Heartwarming Elder Brother Tale

Benedict’s Elder Brother, Israeli Chief Rabbi Calls For Religious/Ethnic Cleansing

January 29, 2008

Last year this lunatic Chief Rabbi of “Israel,” Yona Metzger was given a platform at the Vatican to pronounce that “lack of action against [Iran] is a cardinal sin.” Benedict supported Rabbi Metzger’s edict by encouraging Christians to cooperate with “Jews” (but not Muslims) “for justice and peace in the world.” This must be the “justice and peace” he had in mind.

background here:

Rabbinic Moralizing and Warmongering from Rome

Gazans belong in Sinai, says Chief Rabbi Metzger

By Saul Sadka, Haaretz

January 28, 2008

LONDON – Gazans should be transfered to the Sinai Peninsula where a Palestinian state could be constructed for them in the desert, according to Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, in an interview with the British weekly “The Jewish News.”

Metzger also said that while Muslims should be allowed to pray in the mosques on the Temple Mount, Muslims “have no connection to Jerusalem”, and must recognize that Jerusalem belongs to the Jews. Muslims have Mecca and Medina, “you don’t need a third place.”

Metzger called for Britain, the European Union and the United States to assist in the construction of a Palestinian state in the Sinai Desert. According to Metzger, the plan would be to “take all the poor people from Gaza to move them to a wonderful new modern country with trains, buses, cars, like in Arizona. This will be a solution for the poor people – they will have a nice county, and we shall have our country and we shall live in peace.”

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/948977.html

Video of the above mentioned interview with Rabbi Metzer is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8KR3dIAjM4&eurl=http://www.totallyjewish.com/

And note that the Rabbi proposes that the U.S., Great Britain and the European Union pay for his ethnic cleansing plan. And this, after he declares that as a “religious” figure he doesn’t make political statements! Pure rabbinic clownery.

Also see:

Israeli Chief Rabbi Thanks Bush for War On Iraq

A Heartwarming Elder Brother Tale

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St. John in the Desert Monastery closes its gates following assault on father superior

by Gil Zohar

Sunday, 14 October 2007
Toronto Times

One of the most serene holy places in the vicinity of Jerusalem was recently compelled to restrict visits as a result of vandalism, bigotry and theft.

The Franciscan-run St. John in the Desert Monastery, which includes a convent, now only permits Christian pilgrims and secular groups led by a licensed tour guide. Reservations are required to visit the six-hectare Judean Hills shrine, which enjoys a spectacular location amidst heavily forested ancient agricultural terraces. The change in policy follows an altercation there last month involving a group of some 30 Jews described as “settlers” who assaulted the monastery’s Father Superior Sergio Olmedo and then trashed the pilgrimage destination.

The monastery, located near Moshav Even Sapir on Hwy. 386, is dedicated to the life of John the Baptist. The shrine is built around the grotto where Christian tradition holds John and his mother lived, and the still-bubbling spring from which they drank. The Arabic name ‘Ain al-Habis meaning Spring of the Hermit preserves the ancient tradition tying the place to John.

Elisabeth is buried on the grounds in a tomb that shows Byzantine, Crusader and 20th century construction. A group of nuns lead by Sister Maatje, originally from Neuchatel, Switzerland, live beside the tomb.

St. John in the Desert has long been a favorite hiking destination for Jerusalemites, some of whom combine a visit there with a swim at the nearby Sataf Nature Preserve. Some of those Israeli visitors also came to the ‘Ain al-Habis spring – which serves as a baptismal pool – to exploit it as a mikveh. In the spirit of ecumenicalism, Father Sergio permitted the parallel usage.

Unfortunately, he said, over his five years living there “the quality of the visitors has changed.” Many of today’s Israeli hikers are disrespectful of the site’s holiness. “It’s a place for meditation and prayer,” said the Santiago, Chile-born monk, who has resided in Israel for 14 years.

Some visitors would hop the fence and trespass, armed with guns, he said, reciting a litany of abuse, boorishness and desecration. Women would immodestly wear bikinis at the baptismal pool while men would parade naked. Some would swim in the carp pond, notwithstanding the brackish water, and then wash off in the baptismal pool. Visitors would litter, and not clean up after their pet dogs defecated. Money would be pilfered from the alms collections box.

Not least of the disrespectful behavior was simply talking loudly, and preventing the monks from carrying out their daily routine of prayer.

St. John in the Desert is not just a monastery, explained Father Sergio, but a “hermitage, a place of silence and spiritual rejuvenation.”

The final straw on the proverbial camel’s back came in the afternoon of Friday, August 17. A group of about 30 men, some carrying machine guns, forced their way past the gate, demanded to use the pool as a mikveh and refused to leave, Father Sergio recounted. “They started to say ‘Eretz Israel is our land, and you have to go.’ They were very aggressive. They spit at me. They said ‘You killed my family.'”

In the ensuing scuffle Father Sergio managed to photograph some of his assailants with his cell phone camera. They were wearing kippot and tzitzit, he noted. Some were dressed in orange in the fashion of activists protesting last summer’s withdrawal from Gush Katif. Some were speaking English, and others Hebrew.

Father Sergio, still badly shaken, characterized the group as “fanatics”. “I’ve seen these [kind of] people in Hebron.”

Before finally leaving, the enraged crowd went on a mini-pogrom, breaking water pipes, smashing potted plants, and destroying property. Father Sergio and the other monks subsequently found direction signs leading to the property had been vandalized so that the word “Franciscan” read “racist”.

Father Sergio lodged a complaint with Israel Police and provided them with his digital photos. No arrests have been made at the time of this writing. The pool remains padlocked.

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