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"I learned to be a faithful ‘Jew’ from Pope John Paul II"

December 9, 2010

This is a follow-up to In Benedict’s Own Words: His Latin Good Friday Prayer and “Papal Ambiguity” has a Clear Trajectory. Recall that Pope Benedict says his theology of “The Jews” is, “in absolute continuity with John Paul II.” When John Paul II’s conductor, Gilbert Levine says he learned to be a faithful “Jew” from the Pope, he is, of course, referring to faith in Kabbalah/Talmud, Zionism and “Holocaust” sanctification.

… To [Pope John Paul II’s Judaic conductor, Gilbert] Levine’s surprise, and to the surprise of his Jewish friends, the pope never suggested that the conductor, “a proud Jew,” consider Catholicism. Not a word about conversion. John Paul II respected Levine’s growing religious observance, once giving him a bronze menorah as a gift.

“I learned to be a faithful Jew from him because of his profound spirituality,” says Levine, who was often accompanied to his papal meeting by his wife, mother-in-law and two sons.

Levine was invested as Knight Commander of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great in 1994, earning him the title of “Sir” and making him the first American Jew so knighted by the Vatican. In 2005, he received another papal honor, the Silver Star of Saint Gregory, the highest rank of pontifical nobility achieved by a Jew. The star was awarded in Washington by Benedict XVI, but the awarding process had begun under John Paul II … ” (“Concerto For Interfaith Dialogue: Conductor Gilbert Levine reflects on his musical and personal relationship with Pope John Paul II,” Steve Lipman, December 7, 2010, The Jewish Week)

http://www.thejewishweek.com/arts/books/concerto_interfaith_dialogue

"Papal Ambiguity" has a Clear Trajectory

November 28, 2010

This is a reference to discussion underway HERE and HERE.

The usefulness of puzzling over, debating and discussing papal double-speak is limited. While we ‘dialogue’ over these two-faced statements, a single agenda forges steadily on a clear trajectory. Oh, it may zig a hair to the ‘left’ and zag a bit to the ‘right’ at times, but trajectory is determined from long-term trends, not on short term events.

Now, it may not seem very ‘traditional’ to some Traditionalists to take first principles from the founding text of Christianity rather than pious 15th-century mystical works or apparitions, but I guess it’s my cross to be ‘weird’ or ‘Protestant’ in that sense. I look to the Gospel and see Jesus stating the principle that it’s fruits, not words, that we know intent by. This is a crucial Christian principle. Why do so few heed it? Why do so many Christians behave as though Jesus taught, “Respect prevaricators and give them the benefit of the doubt in spite of all evidence” or “Yea-no speech should be ‘dialogued’ over until a consensus interpretation divorced from observable facts is arrived at”? The very presence of yea-no speech is proof that we’re hearing evil rather than Christian teaching according to the Gospel principle taught by Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount.

The Pope proclaims in his book, Light of the World, essentially, “Jesus is Savior of the Jews – to pray for Jews to convert to Jesus is to wound them.” This is patent yea-no speech. According to Jesus’ principle, we know we’re hearing evil: “Let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil.” The whole of yea-no speech is of evil. To seize upon the yea as evidence of orthodoxy as if the no didn’t accompany it is to participate in the same evil.

Yea-no speech cannot proceed from a good motive. Neither can there be any good motive for an observer pretending that the yea hasn’t a negating no attached. To do so is self-deception at best. On the test of Matthew 5;37 this Papal teaching is of evil.

Then, according to Jesus’ test of Matthew 7;16-20 we look at the fruits. There is no evidence of Joseph Ratzinger in his 83 years ever converting one of these people he calls “Jews” to Jesus as far as I am aware, and I’m an avid researcher of such things. I’ve been asking doubters to produce such evidence since 2008 to no avail, but it seems a nonsensical exercise. Why would a man try to convert “Jews” if he believes so much as a prayer for their conversion that they don’t even hear wounds them?

It’s not for lack of opportunity that this man doesn’t evangelize “Jews.” He ‘dialogues’ with them weekly, visits their synagogues regularly and never uses it as an occasion to evangelize. On the contrary, he uses these occasions to confirm their error and delusion. The fruits of Joseph Ratzinger’s work concerning “The Jews” are of the most rotten sort: not one conversion and mass delusion among “Jews” and Christians alike on this key Gospel doctrine.

Let’s be frank, the fruits of the Pope’s apocalyptic theology–praying for the end to come quickly so “The Jews” will convert–is of the same lunatic tree that bore “Pastors” John Hagee and Tim LaHaye’s eschatology. What is Hagee and Benedict doing when they discourage evangelizing “Jews”? They’ve made the Gospel of no effect. They’ve neutralized the one thing that has the power to save their souls and impede their hostility against us. They’re buying these “children of the covenant” time to build up Pharisaic Talmudism. How much time? All of it! For whatever time there is left until the end of time we’re to refrain from “wounding” evangelization of “Jews” according to the Hagee-Ratzinger dispensation.

Think about this. This is as fraudulent and pernicious as the time-buying “Peace Process” by which an Israeli state steadily emerges on Palestinian land allegedly allocated for a Palestinian state. In that case the Israelis make an occasional token concession and feign a light at the end of a very long tunnel. Benedict’s theology is a more plain raw deal than that; there’s no concessions and the time-frame, by design, is until the end of time; we’re to “deepen our religious relations” with people who’re undermining our religion until there’s no time left. What of the souls that will be lost, Christians, “Jews” and all, during this strange dispensation lasting until the eschaton? How do we begin to account for such a loss? It would be a spiritual catastrophe on a much greater scale than the temporal Palestinian catastrophe.

What can be said of ‘traditionalists’ who call this sucker deal–these innovations and their objective rotten fruits–consistent with tradition? Whether it be self-deception or willful deception of others, it’s part and parcel of the evil from whence the teaching itself proceeds.

In Benedict’s Own Words: His Latin Good Friday Prayer

November 22, 2010

An except from Pope Benedict XVI’s new book, Light of the World:

… naturally what happened in the Third Reich struck us as Germans, and drove us all the more to look at the people of Israel with humility, shame, and love.

In my theological formation, these things were interwoven, and marked the pathway of my theological thought…

A change also seemed necessary to me in the ancient liturgy. In fact, the formula was such as to truly wound the Jews, and it certainly did not express in a positive way the great, profound unity between Old and New Testament. For this reason, I thought that a modification was necessary in the ancient liturgy, in particular in reference to our relationship with our Jewish friends. I modified it in such a way that it contained our faith, that Christ is salvation for all. That there do not exist two ways of salvation, and that therefore Christ is also the savior of the Jews, and not only of the pagans. But also in such a way that one did not pray directly for the conversion of the Jews in a missionary sense, but that the Lord might hasten the historic hour in which we will all be united. For this reason, the arguments used polemically against me by a series of theologians are rash, and do not do justice to what was done.

Obviously, this prayer is not a papal masterstroke and I don’t anticipate a retraction of The Remnant’s sugar coating of this poisonous prayer even after the Pope himself has admitted its intention is entirely eschatological and does not desire conversion at the present time.

I stand by what I wrote of this prayer in February 2008:

… The problem with the new prayer, despite its hearkening to Romans 11;25-26, is that it takes the present-time intention of the original prayer and thrusts it into the realm of mystery and prophesy dealing with the future. The intention and meaning of the original prayer was perfectly clear: Christians pray for the conversion of the Jews here and now. Romans 11;25-26 deals with a mystery prophesied to take place in the future at the last days. The message seems to be that we should pray for the end-times to come quickly so the “Jews” will convert, and that they don’t need Christ in the meantime. This is not, nor has it ever been the position of the Church. The Church always sought the conversion of Jews–real and fake “Jews” alike–not just at the second coming, but from the Pentecost until the time of the Second Vatican Council–at all times. St. Vincent Ferrer and all of the evangelists knew nothing of the new theology of the “elder brothers.” Apparently, he was wrong?

Benedict wrote a new prayer as a means of remedying what he viewed in the traditional prayer’s intention of present time conversion as “a wound to the Jews.” What he has done is severely wound Jesus’ mission and His Gospel and the spiritual welfare of these ‘Jews’ that he calls ‘elder brothers.’ If the Pope’s role as shepherd and vicar of Christ has any meaning at all it is to seek the salvation of ALL souls. But he has contrived a dispensation from the Church’s mission for a particular class of people just as Vatican II peritus Gregory Baum said should be done at a 1974 B’nai B’rith conference titled, “Auschwitz: A New Era?”:

After Auschwitz the Christian churches no longer wish to convert the Jews. While they may not be sure of the theological grounds that dispense them from this mission, the churches have become aware that asking the Jews to become Christians is a spiritual way of blotting them out of existence and thus only reinforces the effects of the Holocaust. The churches, moreover, realize the deadly irony implicit in a Christian plea for the conversion of the Jews; for after Auschwitz and the participation of the nations, it is the Christian world that is in need of conversion.

Benedict says that his German ‘Holocaust’ “humility and shame,” among other things, “marked the pathway of [his] theological thought” causing him to see traditional prayer for the conversion of “the people of Israel” as “a wound to the Jews” and so, “a modification was necessary.” There’s little difference between what Benedict XVI says and what Gregory Baum says other than the degree of subtlety. The message is clear: Because of ‘The Holocaust’ Christians, not “Jews,” must be converted. The intention within Christian prayer must change.

It’s not Christian to await the conversion of a remnant of Jews in the last days and to disregard the spiritual welfare of real or counterfeit Jews until then. Any Christian who buys this message will have been converted, and that would be a satanic masterstroke.

Traditional Good Friday Prayer Suppressed "to avoid any expression that might appear in the least to offend or displease the Jews."

March 8, 2008

ROMA, March 7, 2008 – Some leading representatives of the Jewish world had protested vociferously against the new formulation ordered by Benedict XVI for the prayer for the Jews in the liturgy of Good Friday according to the ancient rite.

An authoritative response has now come to these protests, in a note published in the latest edition of “La Civiltà Cattolica,” the magazine of the Rome Jesuits printed after line-by-line scrutiny by the Vatican secretariat of state …

According to the note published in “La Civiltà Cattolica,” this was the reason for the change:

“In the current climate of dialogue and friendship between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people, it seemed right and opportune to the pope [to make this change], in order to avoid any expression that might appear in the least to offend or displease the Jews.”

The words of the previous formulation which appeared offensive to many – both Jews and Catholics – were above all “blindness” and “darkness.” Both have disappeared from the new formula. (“A Bishop and a Rabbi Defend the Prayer for the Salvation of the Jews,” Sandro Magister, Chiesa, March 7, 2008)

Full article:

http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/193041?eng=y

Back in October, 2007 Cardinal George stated:

“Of course [the prayer for the conversion of the Jews from the Good Friday liturgy in the 1962 missal can be changed], and I suspect it probably will be, because the intention is to be sure that our prayers are not offensive to the Jewish people who are our ancestors in the faith. We can’t possibly insult them in our liturgy.”

see:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/10/cardinal-george-induces-double-mind.html

Traditional Good Friday Prayer Suppressed "to avoid any expression that might appear in the least to offend or displease the Jews."

March 8, 2008

ROMA, March 7, 2008 – Some leading representatives of the Jewish world had protested vociferously against the new formulation ordered by Benedict XVI for the prayer for the Jews in the liturgy of Good Friday according to the ancient rite.

An authoritative response has now come to these protests, in a note published in the latest edition of “La Civiltà Cattolica,” the magazine of the Rome Jesuits printed after line-by-line scrutiny by the Vatican secretariat of state …

According to the note published in “La Civiltà Cattolica,” this was the reason for the change:

“In the current climate of dialogue and friendship between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people, it seemed right and opportune to the pope [to make this change], in order to avoid any expression that might appear in the least to offend or displease the Jews.”

The words of the previous formulation which appeared offensive to many – both Jews and Catholics – were above all “blindness” and “darkness.” Both have disappeared from the new formula. (“A Bishop and a Rabbi Defend the Prayer for the Salvation of the Jews,” Sandro Magister, Chiesa, March 7, 2008)

Full article:

http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/193041?eng=y

Back in October, 2007 Cardinal George stated:

“Of course [the prayer for the conversion of the Jews from the Good Friday liturgy in the 1962 missal can be changed], and I suspect it probably will be, because the intention is to be sure that our prayers are not offensive to the Jewish people who are our ancestors in the faith. We can’t possibly insult them in our liturgy.”

see:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/10/cardinal-george-induces-double-mind.html

Vatican to Issue Clarification as Requested by Pharisees

March 5, 2008

Catholic Church Conservation blog has offered this translation of a Radio Vatikan communication:

http://cathcon.blogspot.com/2008/03/cardinal-kasper-expects-end-soon-to.html

In the dispute over the Catholic Good Friday intercession, Curial Cardinal Walter Kasper expects a conciliatory solution. He is in contact with leading Jewish representatives , Kasper said on Tuesday. In the coming days, he will talk about the process with the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, who moreover, wished to meet with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone. There will then be a statement. Then the process should be settled, said Kasper.

In early February, Pope published a new version of the intercession for the Jews in the Good Friday liturgy in the extraordinary Latin rite which generated fierce opposition from Jewish representatives. It says that the Jews should recognise Jesus Christ as saviour of all people . Critics feared a retrograde step in Catholic-Jewish dialogue. The Curial cardinal spoke at the presentation in the Vatican of a commemorative book for his 75th Birthday .

Vatican to Issue Clarification as Requested by Pharisees

March 5, 2008

Catholic Church Conservation blog has offered this translation of a Radio Vatikan communication:

http://cathcon.blogspot.com/2008/03/cardinal-kasper-expects-end-soon-to.html

In the dispute over the Catholic Good Friday intercession, Curial Cardinal Walter Kasper expects a conciliatory solution. He is in contact with leading Jewish representatives , Kasper said on Tuesday. In the coming days, he will talk about the process with the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, who moreover, wished to meet with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone. There will then be a statement. Then the process should be settled, said Kasper.

In early February, Pope published a new version of the intercession for the Jews in the Good Friday liturgy in the extraordinary Latin rite which generated fierce opposition from Jewish representatives. It says that the Jews should recognise Jesus Christ as saviour of all people . Critics feared a retrograde step in Catholic-Jewish dialogue. The Curial cardinal spoke at the presentation in the Vatican of a commemorative book for his 75th Birthday .

More Benedict XVI Syntheses

February 25, 2008

Reuters has published a news article today which illustrates two more syntheses to come from Benedict’s new Latin prayer. The first was already anticipated. Some may recall the statement from Benedict’s neocon cheerleader, Damien Thomson made a few weeks ago:

“In future, no one will be able to invoke an approved Missal to justify anti-Jewish feeling. Some Lefebvrists may throw up their hands in horror, but that helps explain why they are not in full communion with the Holy See.”
http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2008/01/purpose-of-damien-thomsons-cheerleading.html

It is clear that an effort is taking place to create a kosher “traditional Catholicism” and that those who refuse this “generous olive branch” are being set up to be tarred and feathered as “Jew Haters;” adherents to “teachings of contempt” based in an ancient “antisemitic polemic.” We can see this in today’s Reuters piece on Benedict’s Latin prayer:

Rebel Catholics say Vatican caved on Latin prayer

Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:43pm IST

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor

PARIS (Reuters) – Rebel Catholic traditionalists who champion the old Latin mass have accused Pope Benedict of caving in to “foreign pressures” by dropping negative comments about Jews from a rare prayer in the Church’s official language.

The Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), which was expelled from the Church in 1988, denounced the change in a Good Friday prayer that it said was one of the oldest in Christianity, dating back to the third century …

Changing the Good Friday text was necessary after Pope Benedict allowed wider use of the old Latin mass last year. The Good Friday prayer said in local languages was revised in 1970 to drop all references that Jews had found offensive.

Widening the use of the old Latin or Tridentine mass was partly meant to attract followers of the SSPX back to Rome. The SSPX claims about a million followers, a small fraction of the 1.1-billion strong Church.

The leadership of the Swiss-based SSPX is still resolutely opposed to reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), including changes in liturgy and in relations with Jews. The Vatican says they must accept the Council to be readmitted …

Full article:

http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-32120720080224?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

The media’s contempt for the SSPX has always been plain. I suspect that it will now be growing worse. There are two ways to counteract this slander campaign, both of which have not been utilized to my knowledge.

One: Point out the fact that the Good Friday prayer for the Jews is firmly based in Scripture–not only New Testament Scripture, but Old Testament Scripture which St. Paul clearly alludes to. Let them accuse the Old Testament of being “antisemitic.” This would exonerate the liturgy and simultaneously expose these phony “people of the book” for the fraud that they are.

Two: Point out the true teaching of contempt within Orthodox Judaism. Why allow these hypocrites to attack the truth from their glass house?

If there is something unCatholic or imprudent about either of these strategies, I wish someone would explain it to me.

The second of the syntheses in the Reuters article is that Benedict’s favorite rabbi of the Talmud, Jacob Neusner enters the stage which has already been prepared for him by the maniacs of the ADL and Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Judaism:

But the Pope received support from a prominent Jewish scholar on Saturday. Rabbi Jacob Neusner of New York wrote in the German Catholic daily Die Tagespost: “Israel prays for non-Jews, so the other monotheists — including the Catholic Church — should have the same right without anyone feeling hurt.”

My, how reasonable Rabbi Neusner appears compared to his fellow rabbis. “Israel prays for non-Jews,” he says. He fails to mention that they pray for the destruction of non-Jews, Christians in particular. But with the help of the philo-Judaic press and some wacko rabbis and ADL types this upholder of the hateful, racist, anti-Christian racket of Judaism becomes a level-headed voice of reason; a friend to embattled traditionalist Catholics. I suspect that his words will be quoted approvingly by many “trads” as is always the case.

More on the “reasonable” rabbi, Jacob Neusner here:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/06/pope-and-rabbi-debate-charade-continues.html

More Benedict XVI Syntheses

February 25, 2008

Reuters has published a news article today which illustrates two more syntheses to come from Benedict’s new Latin prayer. The first was already anticipated. Some may recall the statement from Benedict’s neocon cheerleader, Damien Thomson made a few weeks ago:

“In future, no one will be able to invoke an approved Missal to justify anti-Jewish feeling. Some Lefebvrists may throw up their hands in horror, but that helps explain why they are not in full communion with the Holy See.”
http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2008/01/purpose-of-damien-thomsons-cheerleading.html

It is clear that an effort is taking place to create a kosher “traditional Catholicism” and that those who refuse this “generous olive branch” are being set up to be tarred and feathered as “Jew Haters;” adherents to “teachings of contempt” based in an ancient “antisemitic polemic.” We can see this in today’s Reuters piece on Benedict’s Latin prayer:

Rebel Catholics say Vatican caved on Latin prayer

Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:43pm IST

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor

PARIS (Reuters) – Rebel Catholic traditionalists who champion the old Latin mass have accused Pope Benedict of caving in to “foreign pressures” by dropping negative comments about Jews from a rare prayer in the Church’s official language.

The Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), which was expelled from the Church in 1988, denounced the change in a Good Friday prayer that it said was one of the oldest in Christianity, dating back to the third century …

Changing the Good Friday text was necessary after Pope Benedict allowed wider use of the old Latin mass last year. The Good Friday prayer said in local languages was revised in 1970 to drop all references that Jews had found offensive.

Widening the use of the old Latin or Tridentine mass was partly meant to attract followers of the SSPX back to Rome. The SSPX claims about a million followers, a small fraction of the 1.1-billion strong Church.

The leadership of the Swiss-based SSPX is still resolutely opposed to reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), including changes in liturgy and in relations with Jews. The Vatican says they must accept the Council to be readmitted …

Full article:

http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-32120720080224?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

The media’s contempt for the SSPX has always been plain. I suspect that it will now be growing worse. There are two ways to counteract this slander campaign, both of which have not been utilized to my knowledge.

One: Point out the fact that the Good Friday prayer for the Jews is firmly based in Scripture–not only New Testament Scripture, but Old Testament Scripture which St. Paul clearly alludes to. Let them accuse the Old Testament of being “antisemitic.” This would exonerate the liturgy and simultaneously expose these phony “people of the book” for the fraud that they are.

Two: Point out the true teaching of contempt within Orthodox Judaism. Why allow these hypocrites to attack the truth from their glass house?

If there is something unCatholic or imprudent about either of these strategies, I wish someone would explain it to me.

The second of the syntheses in the Reuters article is that Benedict’s favorite rabbi of the Talmud, Jacob Neusner enters the stage which has already been prepared for him by the maniacs of the ADL and Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Judaism:

But the Pope received support from a prominent Jewish scholar on Saturday. Rabbi Jacob Neusner of New York wrote in the German Catholic daily Die Tagespost: “Israel prays for non-Jews, so the other monotheists — including the Catholic Church — should have the same right without anyone feeling hurt.”

My, how reasonable Rabbi Neusner appears compared to his fellow rabbis. “Israel prays for non-Jews,” he says. He fails to mention that they pray for the destruction of non-Jews, Christians in particular. But with the help of the philo-Judaic press and some wacko rabbis and ADL types this upholder of the hateful, racist, anti-Christian racket of Judaism becomes a level-headed voice of reason; a friend to embattled traditionalist Catholics. I suspect that his words will be quoted approvingly by many “trads” as is always the case.

More on the “reasonable” rabbi, Jacob Neusner here:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/06/pope-and-rabbi-debate-charade-continues.html

The Precedent Was Set Long Ago

February 18, 2008

An excerpt from the “Resolution on the revised Latin text on the Jews” from the Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Judaism:

Whereas our teacher, Professor Abraham Joshua Heschel, met in the Vatican with Cardinal Bea and Pope Paul VI and convinced the [Second Vatican] Council to remove a proposed passage in Nostra Aetate calling for the conversion of the Jews … http://www.sidic.org/en/docOnLineView.asp?class=Doc00559

Background on this virtually unknown matter here:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/12/vatican-ii-kabbalist-sage-rabbi-abraham.html