“Trads” have been abuzz with commentary and discussion regarding a report that Benedict will issue a change in the traditional Latin Good Friday liturgy. So far, no official statement has been made so there’s no use in speculating further on that. What is well known, however, is that if such a change is made, it will be due to Judaic lobbying from groups such as the misnamed Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Congress, the Chief Rabbinate of “Israel” and others.
As I read “trad” commentary I’m saddened by the lack of understanding of the tradition which these “trads” presume to represent.
The bulk of discussion has dealt with the prayer’s focus on conversion and fear that this may be the target of change. I suspect Benedict is far too cagey to make such a move. He needs to uphold that phony facade of conservatism which he’s conjured up with much help from the establishment via propagandist, Damien Thomson, and “trad” outfits such as “The Remnant.”
What is it about this prayer that Judaic organizations are most offended by? The language of the prayer–references to spiritual blindness and veil-covered hearts. This is highly offensive to Benedict’s elder brothers and they say religious relations will be damaged by the return of this prayer. At least one Cardinal says that we can’t possibly insult his elder brothers in our liturgy.
Now, you may be saying, well maybe it wouldn’t make much difference if “blindness” and “veil” were removed from the liturgy as long as we can still pray for the conversion of the “Jews.” But I would say, what next? Shall we also change the passages of Scripture that the Good Friday prayer derives from? Let us look at the Old Testament scripture from which the language of the Good Friday prayer is taken:
And all the children of Israel came to him: and he gave them in commandment all that he had heard of the Lord in mount Sinai. And having done speaking, he put a veil upon his face. (Exodus 34;32-33)
And the Lord hath not given you a heart to understand, and eyes to see, and ears that may hear, unto this present day. (Deuteronomy 29;4)
I have brought up children, and exalted them: but they have despised me … Go, and thou shalt say to this people: Hearing, hear, and understand not: and see the vision, and know it not. Blind the heart of this people, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes: lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted and I heal them. (Isaiah 1:2–3; 6:9–10)
For the Lord hath mingled for you the spirit of a deep sleep, he will shut up your eyes, he will cover your prophets and princes, that see visions. (Isaiah 29;10)
Let their eyes be darkened that they see not; and their back bend thou down always. (Psalms 68;24)
Which St. Paul makes reference to in his second epistle to the Corinthians:
Having therefore such hope, we use much confidence: And not as Moses put a veil upon his face, that the children of Israel might not steadfastly look on the face of that which is made void. But their senses were made dull. For, until this present day, the selfsame veil, in the reading of the old testament, remaineth not taken away (because in Christ it is made void). But even until this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. But when they shall be converted to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. (Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, 3:12-16)
Jesus Christ Himself expounded on the prophesies of Isaiah regarding the spiritual blindness of Israel:
And the prophecy of Isaias is fulfilled in them, who saith: By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand: and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive. For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears they have been dull of hearing, and their eyes they have shut: lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. For, amen, I say to you, many prophets and just men have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them, and to hear the things that you hear and have not heard them. (Matthew 13;14-17)
And so you see, in essence, it’s not the Catholic liturgy that the Judaic lobbyists are so offended by, but the Bible itself which the Catholic liturgy derives from.
Perhaps this is an opportunity to again restate the fact that these “elder-brothers” hold up the Bible only as a totem; as a means of usurping the prestige and favor the world bestows upon perceived “people of the Book” while they secretly hate the Book and do everything possible to make void the sayings of the Book as Christ said their pharisaic spiritual forebears did (Matthew 15;6).
So hateful are the rabbis towards what the Bible has to say about the Israelites (whom they claim to descend from) and their spiritual blindness that they created a fable about the great Old Testament prophet Isaiah where they repay him for stating that Israel had unclean lips, a fact revealed by Michael A. Hoffman.
[Isaiah] thereupon pronounced [the Divine] Name and was swallowed up by a cedar. The cedar, however, was brought and sawn asunder. When the saw reached his mouth he died. [And this was his penalty] for having said, ‘And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips’. (Babylonian Talmud, Yebamoth 49b, Soncino Edition).
The rabbis claim that Isaiah was killed by having his own mouth sawed in half because he chastised the Israelites for their unclean lips. The rabbis have it that it was Isaiah who was wrong, not Israel.
And it is from Isaiah that the reference to spiritual blindness found in the traditional Good Friday prayer for the conversion of the Jews comes. This prayer isn’t based in antipathy between medieval Catholics and “Jews.” It’s not “proof of the Church’s ‘anti-semitic’ past” as the Judaic lobbyists claim. Its source is the Old Testament, specifically Moses and the prophet Isaiah! Their problem is fundamentally with the Old Testament prophet whom they hate so much that they childishly fictionally murder him as punishment for his “anti-semitism”. This is what motivates the “elder brothers” and their lobbying for changes in the Good Friday liturgy.
And “trads” assume a defensive position in this matter? I say, wake up and turn the tables on counterfeit Israel, as Jesus Christ demonstrated how to do throughout the Gospel.