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Observations on Benedict XVI’s Passover Eve Synagogue Visit

April 19, 2008

Witness video of Benedict’s Passover eve synagogue visit in its entirety at this link:

http://wcbstv.com/topstories/Pope.Benedict.NYC.2.703533.html

What can we observe here that has not already been pointed out?

There is a tremendous amount of effort being devoted towards propping up the idea that these people who today call themselves “Jews” are actual descendants of the ancient Israelites. Maintaining this illusion is critical to the entire charade.

Likewise there’s a great deal of effort made to associate Jesus with the people who today call themselves “Jews” and the anti-Biblical religion of Orthodox Judaism. Benedict stated, “I find it moving to recall that Jesus, as a young boy, heard the words of Scripture and prayed in a place such as this [NY synagogue].” This statement is false and ridiculous, but it does create an association between Jesus and the Talmudic synagogues of today, which is its most likely intended purpose.

The “brothers” theme was reinforced by the rabbi. This is a clear allusion to Jacob and Esau who were at conflict in the Old Testament. There is a Kabbalistic gnosis having to do with “Jacob” being reconciled with “Esau” prior to the Judaic “redemption.” This gnosis stems from the occult tradition related to the conjunction of opposites. The Vatican’s relentless drive towards “reconciliation” between Christians and Orthodox Judaic followers of the Talmud and Kabbalah is harmonious with this Kabbalistic tradition and has nothing to do with Christian, Biblical tradition. St. Paul spoke of reconciliation between Jews and Gentiles, but that it could only be through faith in Jesus Christ. This is beside the fact that we can’t know who the true descendants of Abraham, Issac and Jacob are. To apply St. Paul’s words regarding reconciliation to these Khazars and Sephardim who deny Christ and adhere to Talmud and Kabbalah is as diabolical as it is foolish.

The gifts that are exchanged at these meetings between the popes and Judaic leaders invariably are Judaic gifts. There is a lot to be read into this in terms of direction and proportion in their “dialogue.” The synagogue gave Benedict a silver Seder plate, a Passover haggadah and matzo, and he gave them a medieval Judaic codex.

The Judaic codex which Benedict gave the synagogue as a gift was a text from the medieval rabbinic codifier, Jacob ben Asher the Ba’al ha-Turim (Master of the Pillars). Jacob ben Asher is best known for his Rimzei Ba’al ha-Turim, a work of gematria, which is to say, methods for finding “hidden teachings” in Biblical texts which, consequently, nullify the written meaning.

These poor, deluded people could benefit so much more from a copy of the New Testament than the satanic gematria of Jacob ben Asher, but why would Benedict bring the Gospel to a synagogue on the anniversary of Christ’s execution? Apparently, Benedict visited these people in their synagogue on this day only to celebrate with them in their delusional ethnic conceit, praise them for their anti-Biblical traditions, and to validate those same ethnic delusions and anti-Biblical traditions in the eyes of Christians. The only preaching I heard had to do with the anti-Biblical doctrine, “Tikkun Olam” and it came from the rabbi.

Speaking of gematria, The NY Times has gone to great lengths to document that the visit was 22 minutes long. Those who understand the Kabbalistic obsession with numbers will recognize the significance here:

Pope Benedict XVI paid a 22-minute visit to the Park East Synagogue — the first papal trip to a United States synagogue — on Friday afternoon …

The pope entered the synagogue at 5:16 p.m. …

The pope exited the synagogue at 5:38 p.m., ending a visit of just over 20 minutes. (Pope Makes First Visit to a U.S. Synagogue,” Sewell Chan, The New York Times, April 19, 2008) http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/04/18/a-key-moment-in-benedicts-relationship-with-the-jews/?hp

Benedict could well have become the most treacherous “vicar of Christ” in history after these past two days. Meanwhile, “traditionalists” are focused on complaining about the music at his baseball stadium Mass …

See also:

http://revisionistreview.blogspot.com/2008/04/at-synagogue-pope-tells-two-lies-in-two.html

Observations on Benedict XVI’s Passover Eve Synagogue Visit

April 19, 2008

Witness video of Benedict’s Passover eve synagogue visit in its entirety at this link:

http://wcbstv.com/topstories/Pope.Benedict.NYC.2.703533.html

What can we observe here that has not already been pointed out?

There is a tremendous amount of effort being devoted towards propping up the idea that these people who today call themselves “Jews” are actual descendants of the ancient Israelites. Maintaining this illusion is critical to the entire charade.

Likewise there’s a great deal of effort made to associate Jesus with the people who today call themselves “Jews” and the anti-Biblical religion of Orthodox Judaism. Benedict stated, “I find it moving to recall that Jesus, as a young boy, heard the words of Scripture and prayed in a place such as this [NY synagogue].” This statement is false and ridiculous, but it does create an association between Jesus and the Talmudic synagogues of today, which is its most likely intended purpose.

The “brothers” theme was reinforced by the rabbi. This is a clear allusion to Jacob and Esau who were at conflict in the Old Testament. There is a Kabbalistic gnosis having to do with “Jacob” being reconciled with “Esau” prior to the Judaic “redemption.” This gnosis stems from the occult tradition related to the conjunction of opposites. The Vatican’s relentless drive towards “reconciliation” between Christians and Orthodox Judaic followers of the Talmud and Kabbalah is harmonious with this Kabbalistic tradition and has nothing to do with Christian, Biblical tradition. St. Paul spoke of reconciliation between Jews and Gentiles, but that it could only be through faith in Jesus Christ. This is beside the fact that we can’t know who the true descendants of Abraham, Issac and Jacob are. To apply St. Paul’s words regarding reconciliation to these Khazars and Sephardim who deny Christ and adhere to Talmud and Kabbalah is as diabolical as it is foolish.

The gifts that are exchanged at these meetings between the popes and Judaic leaders invariably are Judaic gifts. There is a lot to be read into this in terms of direction and proportion in their “dialogue.” The synagogue gave Benedict a silver Seder plate, a Passover haggadah and matzo, and he gave them a medieval Judaic codex.

The Judaic codex which Benedict gave the synagogue as a gift was a text from the medieval rabbinic codifier, Jacob ben Asher the Ba’al ha-Turim (Master of the Pillars). Jacob ben Asher is best known for his Rimzei Ba’al ha-Turim, a work of gematria, which is to say, methods for finding “hidden teachings” in Biblical texts which, consequently, nullify the written meaning.

These poor, deluded people could benefit so much more from a copy of the New Testament than the satanic gematria of Jacob ben Asher, but why would Benedict bring the Gospel to a synagogue on the anniversary of Christ’s execution? Apparently, Benedict visited these people in their synagogue on this day only to celebrate with them in their delusional ethnic conceit, praise them for their anti-Biblical traditions, and to validate those same ethnic delusions and anti-Biblical traditions in the eyes of Christians. The only preaching I heard had to do with the anti-Biblical doctrine, “Tikkun Olam” and it came from the rabbi.

Speaking of gematria, The NY Times has gone to great lengths to document that the visit was 22 minutes long. Those who understand the Kabbalistic obsession with numbers will recognize the significance here:

Pope Benedict XVI paid a 22-minute visit to the Park East Synagogue — the first papal trip to a United States synagogue — on Friday afternoon …

The pope entered the synagogue at 5:16 p.m. …

The pope exited the synagogue at 5:38 p.m., ending a visit of just over 20 minutes. (Pope Makes First Visit to a U.S. Synagogue,” Sewell Chan, The New York Times, April 19, 2008) http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/04/18/a-key-moment-in-benedicts-relationship-with-the-jews/?hp

Benedict could well have become the most treacherous “vicar of Christ” in history after these past two days. Meanwhile, “traditionalists” are focused on complaining about the music at his baseball stadium Mass …

See also:

http://revisionistreview.blogspot.com/2008/04/at-synagogue-pope-tells-two-lies-in-two.html

NY Times Piece on the Passover Eve Papal Synagogue Visit

April 15, 2008

The New York Times notes:

Something seems to guide popes to New York at moments of spiritual significance for Jews. John Paul landed here in October 1995 on Yom Kippur. Benedict now comes at Passover …

History Awaits the Pope and the Rabbi

By CLYDE HABERMAN – The New York Times

April 15, 2008

This is a busy time for Rabbi Arthur Schneier, and his schedule will only become more complicated as the week winds down. Preparations must be made for Passover, which begins Saturday night. Like any rabbi who leads a congregation, he has to write a sermon for the Sabbath. Then he needs to come up with themes for Passover services on Sunday and Monday.

Oh, one other thing: He also has to welcome a pope.

The New York journey of Pope Benedict XVI will include a historic stop of 20 minutes or so late Friday afternoon at the Park East Synagogue on East 67th Street, where Rabbi Schneier has been the spiritual leader since 1962. “Historic” is an often abused word. But in this instance it isn’t misplaced.

Never before has a pope visited a synagogue in this country. Indeed, till now, there have been only two recorded papal visits to synagogues anywhere: by John Paul II in Rome in 1986 and by Benedict in Cologne, Germany, in 2005, four months after he ascended to the papacy.

So Benedict’s conversation with Jewish religious and lay figures at Park East — think of it, with absolute respect, as the Schmooze of the Fisherman — is a certified big deal, brief though it will be.

“I look at it as a message of good will by Pope Benedict, saluting the largest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel — New York — but in a greater context, American Jewry and world Jewry,” Rabbi Schneier said. “Basically, the message is: ‘I am continuing the outreach to the Jews.’ ”

Something seems to guide popes to New York at moments of spiritual significance for Jews.

John Paul landed here in October 1995 on Yom Kippur. Benedict now comes at Passover …

Full article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/15/nyregion/15nyc.html?ref=nyregion

NY Times Piece on the Passover Eve Papal Synagogue Visit

April 15, 2008

The New York Times notes:

Something seems to guide popes to New York at moments of spiritual significance for Jews. John Paul landed here in October 1995 on Yom Kippur. Benedict now comes at Passover …

History Awaits the Pope and the Rabbi

By CLYDE HABERMAN – The New York Times

April 15, 2008

This is a busy time for Rabbi Arthur Schneier, and his schedule will only become more complicated as the week winds down. Preparations must be made for Passover, which begins Saturday night. Like any rabbi who leads a congregation, he has to write a sermon for the Sabbath. Then he needs to come up with themes for Passover services on Sunday and Monday.

Oh, one other thing: He also has to welcome a pope.

The New York journey of Pope Benedict XVI will include a historic stop of 20 minutes or so late Friday afternoon at the Park East Synagogue on East 67th Street, where Rabbi Schneier has been the spiritual leader since 1962. “Historic” is an often abused word. But in this instance it isn’t misplaced.

Never before has a pope visited a synagogue in this country. Indeed, till now, there have been only two recorded papal visits to synagogues anywhere: by John Paul II in Rome in 1986 and by Benedict in Cologne, Germany, in 2005, four months after he ascended to the papacy.

So Benedict’s conversation with Jewish religious and lay figures at Park East — think of it, with absolute respect, as the Schmooze of the Fisherman — is a certified big deal, brief though it will be.

“I look at it as a message of good will by Pope Benedict, saluting the largest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel — New York — but in a greater context, American Jewry and world Jewry,” Rabbi Schneier said. “Basically, the message is: ‘I am continuing the outreach to the Jews.’ ”

Something seems to guide popes to New York at moments of spiritual significance for Jews.

John Paul landed here in October 1995 on Yom Kippur. Benedict now comes at Passover …

Full article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/15/nyregion/15nyc.html?ref=nyregion

Benedict Wants the World to be Conscious of the Symbolic Significance of his Passover Eve Synagogue Visit

April 14, 2008

Benedict publicly acknowledged the fact that Christ was crucified on Passover eve in his homily of Holy Thursday, March 20, 2008 which coincided with Purim Eve:

The Pope made [the following] observation Holy Thursday in his homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Basilica of St. John Lateran … “According to John, Jesus died on the cross precisely at the moment in which, in the temple, the Passover lambs were being sacrificed. His death and the sacrifice of the lambs coincided.

“This means that he died on the eve of Passover … “

(“Pope Notes Hypothesis on Date of Passover,” Zenit, April 6, 2008)

http://www.zenit.org/article-19341?l=english

Let there be no doubt that Benedict is entirely conscious of the symbolic significance of his visit to a NY synagogue on Passover eve this Friday, April 18, 2008. Having publicly drawn attention to the fact that Christ was crucified on Passover eve only a month ago, it’s as if Benedict wants the world to also be conscious of it.

Not surprisingly, we see denial-based speculation among traditionalists that the Passover eve synagogue visit may have only been a rumor or was canceled due to its absence from the official itinerary for the papal visit. These people have missed the fact that the visit is a “personal and informal visit, which is not part of [the Pope’s] official program” according to Monsignor David Malloy, general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It was never on the official itinerary. Neither is his private meeting with the rabbis and Judaic power-brokers on the day before the synagogue visit, Thursday April 17th, which is the actual anniversary of the night Jesus was betrayed by Judas to the Pharisees.

On the following day Benedict will visit a synagogue of Orthodox Judaism, the religion which holds that Jesus was a sorcerer rightly executed on Passover eve for criticizing the Pharisees and leading Israel astray–on the anniversary of the day which their Talmud claims that this claimed righteous execution took place, and the day on which the Gospel records that the most terrible crime in history–the crucifixion of God-incarnate–took place.

And despite this and countless other such acts of treachery, there are still hysterical demands for further “teshuva” and “tikkun” from the modern-day spiritual heirs of the Pharisees whom Benedict calls our “elder brothers.” Witness the fruits of “reconciliation” with “The Jews.”

read:

Benedict to Visit NY Synagogue on Passover Eve, the Day on which the Talmud Claims Jesus was Executed by the Pharisees

For the sake of His Passion

Rabbi Comments on the “Very Symbolic” Timing of Benedict’s Synagogue Visit

Observations on Benedict XVI’s Passover Eve Synagogue Visit

Benedict Wants the World to be Conscious of the Symbolic Significance of his Passover Eve Synagogue Visit

April 14, 2008

Benedict publicly acknowledged the fact that Christ was crucified on Passover eve in his homily of Holy Thursday, March 20, 2008 which coincided with Purim Eve:

The Pope made [the following] observation Holy Thursday in his homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Basilica of St. John Lateran … “According to John, Jesus died on the cross precisely at the moment in which, in the temple, the Passover lambs were being sacrificed. His death and the sacrifice of the lambs coincided.

“This means that he died on the eve of Passover … “

(“Pope Notes Hypothesis on Date of Passover,” Zenit, April 6, 2008)

http://www.zenit.org/article-19341?l=english

Let there be no doubt that Benedict is entirely conscious of the symbolic significance of his visit to a NY synagogue on Passover eve this Friday, April 18, 2008. Having publicly drawn attention to the fact that Christ was crucified on Passover eve only a month ago, it’s as if Benedict wants the world to also be conscious of it.

Not surprisingly, we see denial-based speculation among traditionalists that the Passover eve synagogue visit may have only been a rumor or was canceled due to its absence from the official itinerary for the papal visit. These people have missed the fact that the visit is a “personal and informal visit, which is not part of [the Pope’s] official program” according to Monsignor David Malloy, general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It was never on the official itinerary. Neither is his private meeting with the rabbis and Judaic power-brokers on the day before the synagogue visit, Thursday April 17th, which is the actual anniversary of the night Jesus was betrayed by Judas to the Pharisees.

On the following day Benedict will visit a synagogue of Orthodox Judaism, the religion which holds that Jesus was a sorcerer rightly executed on Passover eve for criticizing the Pharisees and leading Israel astray–on the anniversary of the day which their Talmud claims that this claimed righteous execution took place, and the day on which the Gospel records that the most terrible crime in history–the crucifixion of God-incarnate–took place.

And despite this and countless other such acts of treachery, there are still hysterical demands for further “teshuva” and “tikkun” from the modern-day spiritual heirs of the Pharisees whom Benedict calls our “elder brothers.” Witness the fruits of “reconciliation” with “The Jews.”

read:

Benedict to Visit NY Synagogue on Passover Eve, the Day on which the Talmud Claims Jesus was Executed by the Pharisees

For the sake of His Passion

Rabbi Comments on the “Very Symbolic” Timing of Benedict’s Synagogue Visit

Benedict Wants the World to be Conscious of the Symbolic Significance of his Passover Eve Synagogue Visit

April 14, 2008

Benedict publicly acknowledged the fact that Christ was crucified on Passover eve in his homily of Holy Thursday, March 20, 2008 which coincided with Purim Eve:

The Pope made [the following] observation Holy Thursday in his homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Basilica of St. John Lateran … “According to John, Jesus died on the cross precisely at the moment in which, in the temple, the Passover lambs were being sacrificed. His death and the sacrifice of the lambs coincided.

“This means that he died on the eve of Passover … “

(“Pope Notes Hypothesis on Date of Passover,” Zenit, April 6, 2008)

http://www.zenit.org/article-19341?l=english

Let there be no doubt that Benedict is entirely conscious of the symbolic significance of his visit to a NY synagogue on Passover eve this Friday, April 18, 2008. Having publicly drawn attention to the fact that Christ was crucified on Passover eve only a month ago, it’s as if Benedict wants the world to also be conscious of it.

Not surprisingly, we see denial-based speculation among traditionalists that the Passover eve synagogue visit may have only been a rumor or was canceled due to its absence from the official itinerary for the papal visit. These people have missed the fact that the visit is a “personal and informal visit, which is not part of [the Pope’s] official program” according to Monsignor David Malloy, general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It was never on the official itinerary. Neither is his private meeting with the rabbis and Judaic power-brokers on the day before the synagogue visit, Thursday April 17th, which is the actual anniversary of the night Jesus was betrayed by Judas to the Pharisees.

On the following day Benedict will visit a synagogue of Orthodox Judaism, the religion which holds that Jesus was a sorcerer rightly executed on Passover eve for criticizing the Pharisees and leading Israel astray–on the anniversary of the day which their Talmud claims that this claimed righteous execution took place, and the day on which the Gospel records that the most terrible crime in history–the crucifixion of God-incarnate–took place.

And despite this and countless other such acts of treachery, there are still hysterical demands for further “teshuva” and “tikkun” from the modern-day spiritual heirs of the Pharisees whom Benedict calls our “elder brothers.” Witness the fruits of “reconciliation” with “The Jews.”

read:

Benedict to Visit NY Synagogue on Passover Eve, the Day on which the Talmud Claims Jesus was Executed by the Pharisees

For the sake of His Passion

Rabbi Comments on the “Very Symbolic” Timing of Benedict’s Synagogue Visit

Observations on Benedict XVI’s Passover Eve Synagogue Visit

"Constantine’s Sword" Opens on Passover Eve

April 10, 2008

A film version of James Carroll’s delusional scribblings, Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews which promises to be “an astonishing exploration of the dark side of Christianity” is scheduled to open in Manhattan theaters next week, Friday, April 18th, 2008. The establishment media for goys is playing this event up as a protest against the Vatican, as Benedict XVI will be in Manhattan at that time. This is a farce.

As we have already seen, April 18th is Passover eve–the day on which the Talmud claims Jesus was stoned and hung by the Pharisees and the day on which St. John recorded that Jesus was crucified.

In an unfathomable act of treachery, Benedict will enter a synagogue in Manhattan on the same dark day that this mocking film will open. There is no disharmony between these two events which both represent Judaic triumphalism and the subjection of Christianity.

see:

Benedict to Visit NY Synagogue on Passover Eve, the Day on which the Talmud Claims Jesus was Executed by the Pharisees


The Cross and Constantine’s Sword

April 9, 2008

By Cahir O’Doherty

JAMES Carroll, 65, noted author, National Book Award winner and columnist for the Boston Globe, has recently completed a powerful new documentary film entitled Constantine’s Sword in which he examines the roots of religiously inspired violence in the world.

Working with Oscar nominated director Oren Jacob, Carroll explores the centuries long history of anti-Semitism in the Catholic Church and its corollary in America’s evangelical movement.

The new film, which is based on Carroll’s 2001 book of the same name, details centuries of ruthless violence committed in Christianity’s name. He also warns us that the concentration of military, religious and political power in U.S. could ultimately lead to a concentration of the same “us-versus-them” dogmas that the launched the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition and the Holocaust.

Carroll, a practicing Catholic and former priest first, entered the Paulist Seminary in Washington in the crucible of the early 1960s, where he found his life transformed by the civil rights struggles of that era …

Constantine’s Sword opens Friday, April 18 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and the Quad Cinema in Manhattan. (“The Cross and Constantine’s Sword,” Irish Voice, April 9, 2008)

http://www.irishabroad.com/news/irish-voice/entertainment/Articles/The-Cross-and-Constantines120408.aspx

Note that the film is being screened at a Judaic community center this week and that the film’s director states he’s only documented the “sins of the Catholic Church” which John Paul II has already apologized for:

Papal Visit 2008: Film On Christian-Jewish History To Open Upon Pope’s Arrival

April 10, 2008

A controversial new film on Christian-Jewish history called “Constantine’s Sword” will open in New York City during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit next week. NY1’s Shazia Khan filed the following report.

In his new film “Constantine’s Sword,” based on the 2001 book of the same name, former priest turned writer James Carroll reckons with his faith, and in large part, looks at anti-Semitism in Christianity.

The Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side invited religious leaders for a special screening this week. Among the attendees was Sister Mary Boys, a professor at Union Theological Seminary and a woman active in Christian-Jewish dialogue.

“What he narrates in that film happened,” she said. “We need to know about it, so that we make for a different church, and I think we are in a different church. And I want to be a part of a church that has the courage and the maturity to face its own history.”

“I think it is an ambitious film,” said Rabbi David Greenstein of the Academy for Jewish Religion. “I think that it hopefully can engender some very difficult discussion.”

Oscar-nominated documentarian Oren Jacoby directed, co-wrote, and co-produced the film. He says he and Carroll have received both praise and criticism, with some saying the film bashes Catholics.

“Pope John Paul II, in the year 2000, apologized to the world for what he saw as the sins of the Catholic Church,” said Jacoby. “All we’ve done in this film is lay out what those sins were that he was apologizing for and John Paul II was not a Catholic basher.”

Sister Boys says the film focuses too much on what was and not enough on how the church has changed.

“I think there is too little, both in the book and in the film, about the many, many people who have been involved in the last 50 or so years in trying to make a make a different future,” she said.

“Constantine’s Sword” is slated to open in the city next Friday, the same day Pope Benedict XVI arrives [This is incorrect. Benedict arrives at Andrew’s Air Force Base on Tuesday, April 15th]. Jacoby says the timing is a mere coincidence, but hopes the film’s premiere during the pontiff’s visit will stimulate interfaith discussion. (“Papal Visit 2008: Film On Christian-Jewish History To Open Upon Pope’s Arrival,” Shazia Khan, April 10, 2008)

http://www.irishabroad.com/news/irish-voice/entertainment/Articles/The-Cross-and-Constantines120408.aspx

"Constantine’s Sword" Opens on Passover Eve

April 10, 2008

A film version of James Carroll’s delusional scribblings, Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews which promises to be “an astonishing exploration of the dark side of Christianity” is scheduled to open in Manhattan theaters next week, Friday, April 18th, 2008. The establishment media for goys is playing this event up as a protest against the Vatican, as Benedict XVI will be in Manhattan at that time. This is a farce.

As we have already seen, April 18th is Passover eve–the day on which the Talmud claims Jesus was stoned and hung by the Pharisees and the day on which St. John recorded that Jesus was crucified.

In an unfathomable act of treachery, Benedict will enter a synagogue in Manhattan on the same dark day that this mocking film will open. There is no disharmony between these two events which both represent Judaic triumphalism and the subjection of Christianity.

see:

Benedict to Visit NY Synagogue on Passover Eve, the Day on which the Talmud Claims Jesus was Executed by the Pharisees


The Cross and Constantine’s Sword

April 9, 2008

By Cahir O’Doherty

JAMES Carroll, 65, noted author, National Book Award winner and columnist for the Boston Globe, has recently completed a powerful new documentary film entitled Constantine’s Sword in which he examines the roots of religiously inspired violence in the world.

Working with Oscar nominated director Oren Jacob, Carroll explores the centuries long history of anti-Semitism in the Catholic Church and its corollary in America’s evangelical movement.

The new film, which is based on Carroll’s 2001 book of the same name, details centuries of ruthless violence committed in Christianity’s name. He also warns us that the concentration of military, religious and political power in U.S. could ultimately lead to a concentration of the same “us-versus-them” dogmas that the launched the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition and the Holocaust.

Carroll, a practicing Catholic and former priest first, entered the Paulist Seminary in Washington in the crucible of the early 1960s, where he found his life transformed by the civil rights struggles of that era …

Constantine’s Sword opens Friday, April 18 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and the Quad Cinema in Manhattan. (“The Cross and Constantine’s Sword,” Irish Voice, April 9, 2008)

http://www.irishabroad.com/news/irish-voice/entertainment/Articles/The-Cross-and-Constantines120408.aspx

Note that the film is being screened at a Judaic community center this week and that the film’s director states he’s only documented the “sins of the Catholic Church” which John Paul II has already apologized for:

Papal Visit 2008: Film On Christian-Jewish History To Open Upon Pope’s Arrival

April 10, 2008

A controversial new film on Christian-Jewish history called “Constantine’s Sword” will open in New York City during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit next week. NY1’s Shazia Khan filed the following report.

In his new film “Constantine’s Sword,” based on the 2001 book of the same name, former priest turned writer James Carroll reckons with his faith, and in large part, looks at anti-Semitism in Christianity.

The Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side invited religious leaders for a special screening this week. Among the attendees was Sister Mary Boys, a professor at Union Theological Seminary and a woman active in Christian-Jewish dialogue.

“What he narrates in that film happened,” she said. “We need to know about it, so that we make for a different church, and I think we are in a different church. And I want to be a part of a church that has the courage and the maturity to face its own history.”

“I think it is an ambitious film,” said Rabbi David Greenstein of the Academy for Jewish Religion. “I think that it hopefully can engender some very difficult discussion.”

Oscar-nominated documentarian Oren Jacoby directed, co-wrote, and co-produced the film. He says he and Carroll have received both praise and criticism, with some saying the film bashes Catholics.

“Pope John Paul II, in the year 2000, apologized to the world for what he saw as the sins of the Catholic Church,” said Jacoby. “All we’ve done in this film is lay out what those sins were that he was apologizing for and John Paul II was not a Catholic basher.”

Sister Boys says the film focuses too much on what was and not enough on how the church has changed.

“I think there is too little, both in the book and in the film, about the many, many people who have been involved in the last 50 or so years in trying to make a make a different future,” she said.

“Constantine’s Sword” is slated to open in the city next Friday, the same day Pope Benedict XVI arrives [This is incorrect. Benedict arrives at Andrew’s Air Force Base on Tuesday, April 15th]. Jacoby says the timing is a mere coincidence, but hopes the film’s premiere during the pontiff’s visit will stimulate interfaith discussion. (“Papal Visit 2008: Film On Christian-Jewish History To Open Upon Pope’s Arrival,” Shazia Khan, April 10, 2008)

http://www.irishabroad.com/news/irish-voice/entertainment/Articles/The-Cross-and-Constantines120408.aspx

Rabbi Comments on the "Very Symbolic" Timing of Benedict’s Synagogue Visit

April 5, 2008

As I said, the symbolic significance of Benedict’s visit to a synagogue on the eve of Passover would not be lost on the rabbis:

The pope’s trip to Park East Synagogue on April 18 will be especially meaningful because of its timing, said Rabbi Arthur Schneier, the congregation’s spiritual leader.

“For him to stop in at my synagogue on the eve of Passover really is a very symbolic and significant step,” Schneier said. (“Rabbis applaud pope’s visit to Manhattan synagogue,” Carl MacGowan, Newsday, April 3, 2008)

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/ny-lipope0404,0,3344730.story

Also see:

Benedict to Visit NY Synagogue on Passover Eve, the Day on which the Talmud Claims Jesus was Executed by the Pharisees