Archive for the ‘Orthodox Union’ Category

Does Bishop Fellay Actually Believe They Would Leave Us Alone?

August 12, 2009

SSPX Superior General Bp. Fellay recently gave another strange interview to an Italian newspaper HERE (English translation HERE).

The Orthodox [Judaic] Union has given an equally strange response:

Peace in Our Time

August 11, 2009

Bishop Bernard Fellay took direct aim at the Jewish community recently, urging us to leave Catholics “in peace.” In particular, the head of the Society for St. Pius X asked Jews to stay out of intra-Catholic disputes, referencing two recent ones: the Tridentine Mass, or Good Friday Liturgy and the Bishop Williamson affair.

On the Mass, Bishop Fellay has a friend in the OU. We have long held Jews and Christians should not be in the business of telling one another what to believe or how to practice their own faith.

As for the affaire d’Williamson, this just doesn’t pass any credible test: “red faced,” smell or otherwise. This is no internal Church dispute, not least of which because the Bishop made the comments on Swedish TV. Bishop Williamson’s public comments denying the Holocaust have nothing to do with Catholic liturgy, ritual or doctrine. They may or may not have anything to do with rank, base anti-Semitism. But without question, they are a denial of historical truth.

Friends can disagree. But friendship can’t abide lies. Or as a good American Catholic, the late Senator Pat Moynihan liked to say, you’re entitled to your own opinion, just not your own facts.

http://www.ou.org/public_affairs/article/57238

I wonder, how many will be gulled by this statement from the public affairs branch of the Orthodox Union? I’m not interested in what Judaic organizations want outsiders to think, which is what this PR statement is a part of. I’m interested in what they say among themselves. And in fact, we already know what the true policy (as opposed to the PR policy) of the Orthodox Union is, as it was alluded to by the Orthodox Union’s Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein:

“There still is resistance to the new teachings in some traditional Catholic circles, still much work to be done to erase old ideas.” (Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, “The Catholic Church and the Jews,” Cross-Currents, July 3, 2009) “The differences between accepted Church teaching and this group of Latin-speaking extremists are not subject to reconciliation.” (Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, Wiesenthal Center, January 23, 2009)

And note that the Orthodox Union, like Bp. Fellay, categorizes ‘The Holocaust’ as a mere matter of “historical truth” here, when it’s expedient to do so. Anyone who doubts that the rabbis of the Orthodox Union demand universal faith in their ‘Holocaust’ as the most sanctified and exalted theological event in history to be enforced by inquisition must have recently fallen from a turnip cart. Once again, this is a public relations statement; hasbara; rabbinic lies, the kind that Bill Donahue falls for HERE. We’re interested in the actual policy of the Orthodox Union. For that, read:

Rabbi Elijah Soloveichik’s Trojan Horse for Christianity

Also of interest:

‘Elder Brothers in the Faith’ Incite IDF with Anti-Catholic Blood Libel

No Comment From Vatican on Orthodox Union’s IDF Inciting Blood Libel

No Comment From Vatican on Orthodox Union’s IDF Inciting Blood Libel

July 25, 2009

The disparity between Vatican silence on this matter and the anathemas against “the ‘Holocaust’ denying bishop” is remarkable. Where are the calls for accountability and “teshuva”? Catholic-‘Jewish’ relations operates by the ridiculous double standards of Orthodox Judaism, not the universal standards of Christianity. It’s clear that the safety of Christians in the ‘holy’ land is subservient to the maintenance of the elder brothers delusion which would have been shattered from the very beginning if the Vatican didn’t cover up another elder brother ‘indiscretion’ as this one.

Israel stops distributing booklet claiming Vatican-Hezbollah ties

By Judith Sudilovsky
Catholic News Service

Jul 24, 2009

JERUSALEM (CNS) – Booklets claiming that the Vatican helped organize tours of the Auschwitz concentration camp for Hezbollah members to teach them how to wipe out Jews were distributed to Israeli soldiers for several months before Israeli military officials suspended the distribution.

Auschwitz, in southern Poland, was a Nazi extermination center during World War II. Hezbollah is a militant Islamic group in Lebanon.

The booklet in question was received as a donation and was distributed on good faith as a gift for soldiers, the Ha’aretz English daily newspaper reported July 19.

Titled “On Both Sides of the Border,” the booklet was published by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America with the cooperation of Safed Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu, according to Ha’aretz.

When attention was focused on the contents of the booklet, its distribution was suspended immediately, the Israel Defense Forces said in an official statement following the newspaper’s report.

The Israel Defense Forces did not respond to questions submitted by Catholic News Service.

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations in Israel also declined comment. Archbishop Antonio Franco, apostolic nuncio to Israel, was out of the country and could not be reached for comment.

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs had not received any complaints from the Vatican or the nunciature about the incident, spokesman Andy David said.

The booklet is purported to be the story of one Hezbollah fighter who had been close to Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah and who converted to Judaism. It describes Hezbollah’s supposed close relationship with the Vatican and European leaders. The booklet describes an official visit to the concentration camp led by officials from the Vatican.

“We knew (the pope) identified with Hezbollah’s struggle,” the man is quoted as saying in the booklet, Ha’aretz reported.

The booklet does not specify to which pope he is referring.

“I think everyone knows this (claim) is bogus,” David said.

http://www.catholicreview.org/subpages/storyworldnew-new.aspx?action=6593

No Comment From Vatican on Orthodox Union’s IDF Inciting Blood Libel

July 25, 2009

The disparity between Vatican silence on this matter and the anathemas against “the ‘Holocaust’ denying bishop” is remarkable. Where are the calls for accountability and “teshuva”? Catholic-‘Jewish’ relations operates by the ridiculous double standards of Orthodox Judaism, not the universal standards of Christianity. It’s clear that the safety of Christians in the ‘holy’ land is subservient to the maintenance of the elder brothers delusion which would have been shattered from the very beginning if the Vatican didn’t cover up another elder brother ‘indiscretion’ as this one.

Israel stops distributing booklet claiming Vatican-Hezbollah ties

By Judith Sudilovsky
Catholic News Service

Jul 24, 2009

JERUSALEM (CNS) – Booklets claiming that the Vatican helped organize tours of the Auschwitz concentration camp for Hezbollah members to teach them how to wipe out Jews were distributed to Israeli soldiers for several months before Israeli military officials suspended the distribution.

Auschwitz, in southern Poland, was a Nazi extermination center during World War II. Hezbollah is a militant Islamic group in Lebanon.

The booklet in question was received as a donation and was distributed on good faith as a gift for soldiers, the Ha’aretz English daily newspaper reported July 19.

Titled “On Both Sides of the Border,” the booklet was published by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America with the cooperation of Safed Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu, according to Ha’aretz.

When attention was focused on the contents of the booklet, its distribution was suspended immediately, the Israel Defense Forces said in an official statement following the newspaper’s report.

The Israel Defense Forces did not respond to questions submitted by Catholic News Service.

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations in Israel also declined comment. Archbishop Antonio Franco, apostolic nuncio to Israel, was out of the country and could not be reached for comment.

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs had not received any complaints from the Vatican or the nunciature about the incident, spokesman Andy David said.

The booklet is purported to be the story of one Hezbollah fighter who had been close to Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah and who converted to Judaism. It describes Hezbollah’s supposed close relationship with the Vatican and European leaders. The booklet describes an official visit to the concentration camp led by officials from the Vatican.

“We knew (the pope) identified with Hezbollah’s struggle,” the man is quoted as saying in the booklet, Ha’aretz reported.

The booklet does not specify to which pope he is referring.

“I think everyone knows this (claim) is bogus,” David said.

http://www.catholicreview.org/subpages/storyworldnew-new.aspx?action=6593

‘Elder Brothers in the Faith’ Incite IDF with Anti-Catholic Blood Libel

July 20, 2009

The rabbis are again conjuring the ‘Esau hates Jacob’ psychodrama as a means of maintaining control over the yidden through fear and inciting the IDF to eradicate the little remaining Christian presence in the ‘holy’ land.

Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, head of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America which published this anti-Catholic blood libel, claims to have received a medal from Pope Benedict. Benedict met Rabbi Weinreb in a small delegation of rabbis during his U.S. visit in March 2008. The “Catholic League” played into Rabbi Weinreb’s ‘reasonable rabbi’ gambit in April 2008.

The Pope and bishops tell us that these are our elder brothers in the faith and that our liturgy and teachings must be changed to suit them. It seems that the more our liturgy and teachings are changed and our good pastors are silenced to suit these ‘elder brothers in the faith,’ the more they escalate their savage attack on our faith.

Vatican teaching Hezbollah how to kill Jews, says pamphlet for IDF troops

Ofri Ilani – Haaretz

July 19, 2009

The Pope and the cardinals of the Vatican help organize tours of Auschwitz for Hezbollah members to teach them how to wipe out Jews, according to a booklet being distributed to Israel Defense Forces soldiers.

Officials encouraging the booklet’s distribution include senior officers, such as Lt. Col. Tamir Shalom, the commander of the Nahshon Battalion of the Kfir Brigade.

The booklet was published by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, in cooperation with the chief rabbi of Safed, Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu, and has been distributed for the past few months.

The booklet, titled “On Either Side of the Border,” purports to be the testimony of “a Hezbollah officer who spied for Israel.”

The copy obtained by Haaretz included a Pesach greeting from Shalom, “in the name of the Nahshon Brigade.”

The story is narrated by a man named Avi, who says he changed his name from Ibrahim after he left Hezbollah and converted to Judaism. Avi says he was once close to Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, and describes Hezbollah’s purported close relationships with the Vatican and European leaders.

The IDF Spokesman’s Office said in a statement: “The book was received as a donation and distributed in good faith to the soldiers. After we were alerted to the sensitivity of its content, distribution was immediately halted.”

According to the book, Nasrallah was invited to join a delegation to tour France, Poland and Italy, including the Vatican. Nasrallah could not refuse an invitation from the Vatican, Avi explained: “We knew [the Pope] identified with Hezbollah’s struggle.”

The book describes the alleged visit of Hezbollah officials to Auschwitz, led by the Vatican: “We came to the camps. We saw the trains, the platforms, the piles of eyeglasses and clothes … We came to learn … Our escort spoke as he was taught. We quickly explained to him: Every real Arab, deep inside, is kind of a fan of the Nazis.”

The booklet also describes how European politicians and journalists ostensibly work against Israel.

“Our escort introduced us to important figures who identify with our causes. Rich people, people with authority … They allocate big budgets to all sorts of Israeli organizations that erode the standing of the IDF … We have a special budget for encouraging politicians and journalists who serve our purposes. Every opinion piece that conforms to our position is rewarded generously.”

Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu, the son of former Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliahu, is known for his extremist views, and was once charged with incitement to racism after calling for the expulsion of all Arab students from Safed College after a terror attack in the area.

The younger Eliahu was also behind an online video in which he described the “miracle of our matriarch Rachel,” whom he claims appeared before Israeli soldiers in Gaza to warn them of booby-trapped buildings during Operation Cast Lead.

“In some of the places we went in Gaza there was a woman who warned them … ‘Did they tell you who I am,’ she said, ‘I am the matriarch Rachel,” Eliahu says in the video. He claims his father confirmed the veracity of the story, and told him that he had prayed to Rachel: “I told her: Rachel, there’s a war… Go to God, Blessed Be He, pray over the soldiers who sacrifice themselves for the People of Israel, so that they will strike and not be struck.”

David Menahemov, an aide to Eliahu, claims the book is not fiction. “Avi is a real person and everything in the book is absolutely true,” insists Menahemov. “It’s a totally true story, I know the guy personaly. He’s an Arab, who even though he converted still acts like an Arab. We helped him to write and to translate it. We changed a few details to protect him and his family.”

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1101158.html

‘Elder Brothers in the Faith’ Incite IDF with Anti-Catholic Blood Libel

July 20, 2009

The rabbis are again conjuring the ‘Esau hates Jacob’ psychodrama as a means of maintaining control over the yidden through fear and inciting the IDF to eradicate the little remaining Christian presence in the ‘holy’ land.

Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, head of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America which published this anti-Catholic blood libel, claims to have received a medal from Pope Benedict. Benedict met Rabbi Weinreb in a small delegation of rabbis during his U.S. visit in March 2008. The “Catholic League” played into Rabbi Weinreb’s ‘reasonable rabbi’ gambit in April 2008.

The Pope and bishops tell us that these are our elder brothers in the faith and that our liturgy and teachings must be changed to suit them. It seems that the more our liturgy and teachings are changed and our good pastors are silenced to suit these ‘elder brothers in the faith,’ the more they escalate their savage attack on our faith.

Vatican teaching Hezbollah how to kill Jews, says pamphlet for IDF troops

Ofri Ilani – Haaretz

July 19, 2009

The Pope and the cardinals of the Vatican help organize tours of Auschwitz for Hezbollah members to teach them how to wipe out Jews, according to a booklet being distributed to Israel Defense Forces soldiers.

Officials encouraging the booklet’s distribution include senior officers, such as Lt. Col. Tamir Shalom, the commander of the Nahshon Battalion of the Kfir Brigade.

The booklet was published by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, in cooperation with the chief rabbi of Safed, Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu, and has been distributed for the past few months.

The booklet, titled “On Either Side of the Border,” purports to be the testimony of “a Hezbollah officer who spied for Israel.”

The copy obtained by Haaretz included a Pesach greeting from Shalom, “in the name of the Nahshon Brigade.”

The story is narrated by a man named Avi, who says he changed his name from Ibrahim after he left Hezbollah and converted to Judaism. Avi says he was once close to Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, and describes Hezbollah’s purported close relationships with the Vatican and European leaders.

The IDF Spokesman’s Office said in a statement: “The book was received as a donation and distributed in good faith to the soldiers. After we were alerted to the sensitivity of its content, distribution was immediately halted.”

According to the book, Nasrallah was invited to join a delegation to tour France, Poland and Italy, including the Vatican. Nasrallah could not refuse an invitation from the Vatican, Avi explained: “We knew [the Pope] identified with Hezbollah’s struggle.”

The book describes the alleged visit of Hezbollah officials to Auschwitz, led by the Vatican: “We came to the camps. We saw the trains, the platforms, the piles of eyeglasses and clothes … We came to learn … Our escort spoke as he was taught. We quickly explained to him: Every real Arab, deep inside, is kind of a fan of the Nazis.”

The booklet also describes how European politicians and journalists ostensibly work against Israel.

“Our escort introduced us to important figures who identify with our causes. Rich people, people with authority … They allocate big budgets to all sorts of Israeli organizations that erode the standing of the IDF … We have a special budget for encouraging politicians and journalists who serve our purposes. Every opinion piece that conforms to our position is rewarded generously.”

Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu, the son of former Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliahu, is known for his extremist views, and was once charged with incitement to racism after calling for the expulsion of all Arab students from Safed College after a terror attack in the area.

The younger Eliahu was also behind an online video in which he described the “miracle of our matriarch Rachel,” whom he claims appeared before Israeli soldiers in Gaza to warn them of booby-trapped buildings during Operation Cast Lead.

“In some of the places we went in Gaza there was a woman who warned them … ‘Did they tell you who I am,’ she said, ‘I am the matriarch Rachel,” Eliahu says in the video. He claims his father confirmed the veracity of the story, and told him that he had prayed to Rachel: “I told her: Rachel, there’s a war… Go to God, Blessed Be He, pray over the soldiers who sacrifice themselves for the People of Israel, so that they will strike and not be struck.”

David Menahemov, an aide to Eliahu, claims the book is not fiction. “Avi is a real person and everything in the book is absolutely true,” insists Menahemov. “It’s a totally true story, I know the guy personaly. He’s an Arab, who even though he converted still acts like an Arab. We helped him to write and to translate it. We changed a few details to protect him and his family.”

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1101158.html