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Opus Judei Glosses on the Talmudic Novus Ordo "Offertory"

February 21, 2010

An “Opus Dei” priest by the name Juan José Silvestre Valór of “Opus Dei’s” “Pontifical University of the Holy Cross” has written an exceedingly strained article which endeavors to “show the spiritual richness” of the “simplified” “Offertory” of the Novus Ordo Mass. “Simplified” is how this priest euphemizes the complete replacement of the traditional Offertory.

I call attention specifically to the cuckoo egg often described as “Jewish table blessings” of the Novus Ordo “Offertory” which Craig Heimbichner has shown to be of talmudic origin. Reading the article, one might note that the author cites (mostly modern) supporting sources for nearly every point made, but when he arrives at the “Jewish table blessings” footnotes are absent and the artifice is at its height.

One might ask, can’t this professor of liturgy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and consultor to the Office of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff show us from scripture or some other authoritative source that these “Jewish table blessings” were part of the ancient Passover ritual as he suggests? And shouldn’t he first establish the factuality of his suggestion that the Israelites recited these benedictions at Passover before claiming that they “anticipated the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ” and that “the definitive reality of the sacrifice of Christ interpenetrate(s)” them? On what foundation, other than his own ethereal prose, does he rest these mighty claims? None.

This is the “work” of “Opus Dei:” making that which is alien seem intrinsic. This is not the work of God. This is lying fruit from an organization whose title is itself a deception.

See the Novus Ordo “Preparation of the Gifts” and the talmudic benedictions for bread and wine contrasted with the traditional Offertory of the Latin Mass here:

Talmudic Benedictions in the Novus Ordo Mass

In 2008 traditional Catholics were celebrating Benedict XVI’s “shakeup” of his liturgical commission with new appointees including the “Opus Dei” author of the above-referenced article, and members of the homosexual predator founded “Legionaries of Christ”:

Liturgical shakeup: Benedict XVI replaces all members of Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff

Also see:

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Opus Judei Founder, Escriba Preached Kabbalistic Doctrine, Tikkun Olam

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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.

Opus Judei

February 12, 2007

These are segments of an article which originally appeared at Opus Dei’s official website in 2002. It’s has since been removed but is still available in the web archive, Wayback Machine:

Rabbi Angel Kreiman Links Escriva’s Teaching on Work to the Talmudic Tradition

Rabbi Angel Kreiman, international vice president of the World Council of Synagogues, recently addressed a congress in Rome on Josemaria Escriva.

“Many of Josemaria Escriva’s concepts call to mind the Talmudic tradition and reveal his profound knowledge of the Jewish world, as well as his passionate love, as he openly repeated, for two Jews, Jesus and Mary,” said Rabbi Kreiman. “Moreover, that which most likens (Escriva’s) teachings to Judaism is the vocation of man to serve God through creative work, perfecting creation [The Kabbalist doctrine, Tikkun Olam–“repair of the world”] every day, through perfection of work” …

The Rabbi, who is a Cooperator of Opus Dei, said he wanted to demonstrate his special affection for the organization founded by Josemaria Escriva. “Opus Dei members helped me, right from the beginning of my [rabbinic] seminary studies, to persevere in my [rabbinic] vocation,” he said, “and I have also seen them do it with other rabbis, for which I am deeply grateful.”

http://web.archive.org/web/20020213091115/www.opusdei.org/art.php?p=3007

This same Opus Dei formed rabbi, Angel Kreiman, announced in Oct 2005 that, “Forty years after ‘Nostra Aetate‘ we are entering a promised land, in which for Catholic bishops and priests, preaching, the teaching of Jesus’ Judaism, and of the Judaism of Peter and Paul, of the apostles, of the Jewish life of the first Christians, is a theological foundation.”

Putting aside the fact that the Judaism rabbi Kreiman speaks of is the Pharisaic doctrine which Christ condemned and told His disciples to beware of, one must ask, what is this “promised land” that Rabbi Kreiman believes we are entering, and who promised it for that matter?

The Opus Dei formed rabbi goes on to say:

“The Catholic Church’s support of Judaism is not like that of one country for another, based on material power. Christians’ support of Judaism is a religious spiritual force” …

“Both relations between Jews and Catholics, as well as relations between the Holy See and Israel, have increased so much. On the Christian side, I think the only limitation has been to indicate the dialogue with Jews as important but not urgent. Now, it is clear that the dialogue with Jews is not an option but an obligation. It is for Catholic people to accept the Jewish people as the original alliance” [???]

“For observant rabbis it is time to begin to think that the Church is not an enemy of Israel, but its best ally” …

“… it is not only about saying that Christians and Jews are friends, that Jews are not accused of deicide; it must be said that Judaism and Christianity are the foundation of the struggle against paganism.”

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=79209

I disagree. What truly must be said is that the rabbis are attempting to drag Christianity back to the paganism of Babylon and Egypt which they have preserved within their tradition of Judaism to this very day. That is the work which Opus Dei is engaged in.

Opus Judei

February 12, 2007

These are segments of an article which originally appeared at Opus Dei’s official website in 2002. It’s has since been removed but is still available in the web archive, Wayback Machine:

Rabbi Angel Kreiman Links Escriva’s Teaching on Work to the Talmudic Tradition

Rabbi Angel Kreiman, international vice president of the World Council of Synagogues, recently addressed a congress in Rome on Josemaria Escriva.

“Many of Josemaria Escriva’s concepts call to mind the Talmudic tradition and reveal his profound knowledge of the Jewish world, as well as his passionate love, as he openly repeated, for two Jews, Jesus and Mary,” said Rabbi Kreiman. “Moreover, that which most likens (Escriva’s) teachings to Judaism is the vocation of man to serve God through creative work, perfecting creation [The Kabbalist doctrine, Tikkun Olam–“repair of the world”] every day, through perfection of work” …

The Rabbi, who is a Cooperator of Opus Dei, said he wanted to demonstrate his special affection for the organization founded by Josemaria Escriva. “Opus Dei members helped me, right from the beginning of my [rabbinic] seminary studies, to persevere in my [rabbinic] vocation,” he said, “and I have also seen them do it with other rabbis, for which I am deeply grateful.”

http://web.archive.org/web/20020213091115/www.opusdei.org/art.php?p=3007

This same Opus Dei formed rabbi, Angel Kreiman, announced in Oct 2005 that, “Forty years after ‘Nostra Aetate‘ we are entering a promised land, in which for Catholic bishops and priests, preaching, the teaching of Jesus’ Judaism, and of the Judaism of Peter and Paul, of the apostles, of the Jewish life of the first Christians, is a theological foundation.”

Putting aside the fact that the Judaism rabbi Kreiman speaks of is the Pharisaic doctrine which Christ condemned and told His disciples to beware of, one must ask, what is this “promised land” that Rabbi Kreiman believes we are entering, and who promised it for that matter?

The Opus Dei formed rabbi goes on to say:

“The Catholic Church’s support of Judaism is not like that of one country for another, based on material power. Christians’ support of Judaism is a religious spiritual force” …

“Both relations between Jews and Catholics, as well as relations between the Holy See and Israel, have increased so much. On the Christian side, I think the only limitation has been to indicate the dialogue with Jews as important but not urgent. Now, it is clear that the dialogue with Jews is not an option but an obligation. It is for Catholic people to accept the Jewish people as the original alliance” [???]

“For observant rabbis it is time to begin to think that the Church is not an enemy of Israel, but its best ally” …

“… it is not only about saying that Christians and Jews are friends, that Jews are not accused of deicide; it must be said that Judaism and Christianity are the foundation of the struggle against paganism.”

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=79209

I disagree. What truly must be said is that the rabbis are attempting to drag Christianity back to the paganism of Babylon and Egypt which they have preserved within their tradition of Judaism to this very day. That is the work which Opus Dei is engaged in.

Opus Judei

February 12, 2007

These are segments of an article which originally appeared at Opus Dei’s official website in 2002. It’s has since been removed but is still available in the web archive, Wayback Machine:

Rabbi Angel Kreiman Links Escriva’s Teaching on Work to the Talmudic Tradition

Rabbi Angel Kreiman, international vice president of the World Council of Synagogues, recently addressed a congress in Rome on Josemaria Escriva.

“Many of Josemaria Escriva’s concepts call to mind the Talmudic tradition and reveal his profound knowledge of the Jewish world, as well as his passionate love, as he openly repeated, for two Jews, Jesus and Mary,” said Rabbi Kreiman. “Moreover, that which most likens (Escriva’s) teachings to Judaism is the vocation of man to serve God through creative work, perfecting creation [The Kabbalist doctrine, Tikkun Olam–“repair of the world”] every day, through perfection of work” …

The Rabbi, who is a Cooperator of Opus Dei, said he wanted to demonstrate his special affection for the organization founded by Josemaria Escriva. “Opus Dei members helped me, right from the beginning of my [rabbinic] seminary studies, to persevere in my [rabbinic] vocation,” he said, “and I have also seen them do it with other rabbis, for which I am deeply grateful.”

http://web.archive.org/web/20020213091115/www.opusdei.org/art.php?p=3007

This same Opus Dei formed rabbi, Angel Kreiman, announced in Oct 2005 that, “Forty years after ‘Nostra Aetate‘ we are entering a promised land, in which for Catholic bishops and priests, preaching, the teaching of Jesus’ Judaism, and of the Judaism of Peter and Paul, of the apostles, of the Jewish life of the first Christians, is a theological foundation.”

Putting aside the fact that the Judaism rabbi Kreiman speaks of is the Pharisaic doctrine which Christ condemned and told His disciples to beware of, one must ask, what is this “promised land” that Rabbi Kreiman believes we are entering, and who promised it for that matter?

The Opus Dei formed rabbi goes on to say:

“The Catholic Church’s support of Judaism is not like that of one country for another, based on material power. Christians’ support of Judaism is a religious spiritual force” …

“Both relations between Jews and Catholics, as well as relations between the Holy See and Israel, have increased so much. On the Christian side, I think the only limitation has been to indicate the dialogue with Jews as important but not urgent. Now, it is clear that the dialogue with Jews is not an option but an obligation. It is for Catholic people to accept the Jewish people as the original alliance” [???]

“For observant rabbis it is time to begin to think that the Church is not an enemy of Israel, but its best ally” …

“… it is not only about saying that Christians and Jews are friends, that Jews are not accused of deicide; it must be said that Judaism and Christianity are the foundation of the struggle against paganism.”

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=79209

I disagree. What truly must be said is that the rabbis are attempting to drag Christianity back to the paganism of Babylon and Egypt which they have preserved within their tradition of Judaism to this very day. That is the work which Opus Dei is engaged in.