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Sister in Holocaustian Faith Celebrates National ‘Catholic’ Center for ‘Holocaust’ Subversion’s 25th Anniversary

June 13, 2012

“After Auschwitz the Christian churches no longer wish to convert the Jews. … after Auschwitz and the participation of the nations, it is the Christian world that is in need of conversion.(Vatican II theological expert, Fr. Gregory Baum, Auschwitz, Beginning of a New Era?, p. 113)

Context for the article below HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Save the Date: Seton Hill NCCHE Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference 10/21-10/23
International Scholars, Educators, Advocates and Filmmakers Address Holocaust Education

Kary Coleman Hazen – Wednesday, June 13, 2012

National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) will launch the celebration of its 25th anniversary with the Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference October 21-23, 2012, on the University’s hilltop campus in Greensburg, Pa. The theme for the 2012 conference is “Holocaust Education: Challenges for the Future.”

Sister Gemma Del Duca, S.C., Ph.D., founder and co-director in Israel of Seton Hill’s NCCHE, said “We begin our 25th anniversary as a Center with the Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference in October. It is so appropriate that we host this special opportunity for noted scholars in the field to meet with Holocaust educators from across the country.”

The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference will feature prominent international scholars, educators, advocates and filmmakers addressing Holocaust education.

“Together with deeply committed scholars we will look at future challenges in the study and teaching of the Shoah, which is the Hebrew word for Holocaust, in a fast moving, changing world, where technology can dictate political, economic and social changes. The study of the Holocaust has much to teach about the danger of dictatorship, about the necessity to be guided by religious, ethical principles and universal human values, and about the difficulty and importance of maintaining human dignity in extreme situations,” said Sister Gemma. “This conference will also challenge us to use technology to enhance Holocaust education, making it more accessible, which is something we did not envision in 1987 when we began. Over the years we have learned to appreciate writing, poetry, art, music and film, especially of the survivors who have been our greatest teachers. We will look for ways to keep their memories and their works alive as an integral part of Holocaust education in the future.”

Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, Ph.D., will serve as the conference’s keynote speaker. Greenberg is a Modern Orthodox rabbi, Jewish-American scholar, author and leader in Holocaust education. In 1975, he founded the Zachor Holocaust Resource Center with Elie Wiesel. He was executive director of President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on the Holocaust, which led to the establishment of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Later Greenberg served on the museum’s founding board and council. In 2000, President Bill Clinton appointed him to chair the council.

Featured speakers for the plenary sessions during the conference include: Yehuda Bauer, Ph.D., professor of Holocaust Studies, Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Eva Fogelman, Ph.D., social psychologist, psychotherapist, author and filmmaker; Myrna Goldenberg, Ph.D., professor emerita, Montgomery College; Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M., Servite priest and professor, social ethics, Catholic Theological Union of the University of Chicago; Joanne Rudof, archivist, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University; Carol Rittner, R.S.M., Ph.D., distinguished professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Dr. Marsha R. Grossman Professor of Holocaust Studies, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; John K. Roth, Ph.D., author, editor and Edward J. Sexton professor emeritus of philosophy and founding director, The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College; Stephen Smith, Ph.D., Holocaust specialist and executive director, Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, University of Southern California; James Waller, Ph.D., social psychologist and the Cohen Endowed Chair of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College ; Carl Wilkens, director of nonprofit website, World Outside My Shoes, and advocate for genocide awareness.

“The conference is made possible by benefactor Dr. Ethel LeFrak. Seton Hill University is indeed grateful for Dr. LeFrak’s generosity. Her support allows the University to host a conference featuring many respected, international scholars in Holocaust education,” said Sister Lois Sculco, S.C., Ph.D., vice president of Mission and Student Life.

For preliminary conference details, click here or call 724-830-1033.

The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference seeks to enhance Catholic-Jewish understanding by ed.ucating the educators. The Conference will equip teachers and faculty members, especially those at Catholic institutions, to enter into serious discussions on the causes of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and to write and deliver papers that shape appropriate curricular responses at Catholic institutions and other educational sites.

In 2008, LeFrak, a noted New York philanthropist, made a generous donation to Seton Hill University’s NCCHE to endow The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference and create The Ethel LeFrak Student Scholars of the Holocaust Fund.

Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) was established on the campus of Seton Hill University in 1987. Seton Hill initiated this national Catholic movement toward Holocaust studies in response to the urging of Pope John Paul II to recognize the significance of the Shoah, the Holocaust, and to “promote the necessary historical and religious studies on this event which concerns the whole of humanity today” (Letter to Archbishop John L. May, 1987). The NCCHE has as its primary purpose the broad dissemination of scholarship on the root causes of anti-Semitism, its relation to the Holocaust and the implications from the Catholic perspective of both for today’s world. Toward this end the Center is committed to equipping scholars, especially those at Catholic institutions, to enter into serious discussion on the causes of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust; shaping appropriate curricular responses at Catholic institutions and other educational sites; sustaining Seton Hill’s Catholic Institute for Holocaust Studies in Israel through a cooperative program with Yad Vashem, the Isaac Jacob Institute for Religious Law and Hebrew University; encouraging scholarship and research through conferences, publications, workshops for educators, and similar activities; sponsoring local events on the Holocaust and related topics in the University and the community and enhancing Catholic-Jewish relations.


Neocatechumenal Way Presents Holocaustian Symphony of Homage to Talmudic "Fathers in the Faith"

May 3, 2012
Literally every religious claim below is rubbish intended to create false commonality between Jesus, the Bible, the Israelites and today’s talmudic ‘Jews’ where there is in fact complete opposition. Jesus never prayed to “Hashem,” a ridiculous, tribal, exclusivist contrivance which translates as “The Name.”  But this is the kind of madness that one would expect from ‘Catholics’ who call the rabbis of Talmud and Kabbalah “fathers in the faith.”

‘Traditional Catholics’ are wont to criticize the Neocatechumenal Way for its liturgical absurdities. Let us see what they have to say (nothing?) about this theologically and symbolically loaded symphony of race exultation in which Jesus’ mother is made to cry with ‘Jews’ of the Talmud (which teaches that her Son deserved to be executed) and “affirm” the “Shema Yisrael” which for centuries has connotated rejection of Christianity in general and specifically the Christian doctrines of the Trinity and Divinity of Christ.

Dear traditionalist reader, what we have here, consistent with the modern Catholic mockery of Auschwitz replacing Calvary, is Mary crying with ‘The Jews’ at the foot of the ‘gas chambers’ instead of crying for Jesus at the foot of the cross. Are you in ‘full communion’ with this outrageous mockery?

A Concert of Reconciliation

Catholic Group Honors Jews in Free Lincoln Center Event

Jonathan Mark – The Jewish Week

May 1, 2012

… The Neocatechumenal Way was founded in Spain, in large part, to further Catholic spiritual renewal and solidify the relationship with Jews. The group, now with more than 80 seminaries around the world and a major center in Israel’s Galilee, is presenting a free symphonic concert in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall (May 8 at 8 p.m.), billed as a “musical gift to the Jewish people.” (Advance registration required, by calling [201] 998-9469).

The symphony, entitled “The Suffering of the Innocents,” is being presented as an homage and prayer to Holocaust victims in particular, viewed through a Catholic prism of Mary crying and united with Jewish mothers in the concentration camps, affirming “Shema Yisrael.” The elaborate piece — for 100 musicians and 80 choral singers — was composed by the movement’s founder, Kiko Arguello, a painter and theologian, who has stated that his symphony is being offered “as a bridge of love and reconciliation.

“We act according to the last wishes for Pope John Paul II. We remember that the roots of Christianity are in Judaism and that since the beginning, God made Israel the chosen people.”

The concert has been endorsed by representatives of numerous Jewish organizations, including the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League [of B’nai B’rith], the New York Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Community Relations Council, as well as Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, and Haim Gutin of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. After the performance of the symphony, [Papal Knight] Rabbi David Rosen, the AJC’s director of interreligious relations, is scheduled to lead a memorial prayer for the victims of the Shoah, prior to a collective recitation of “Shema.”

[‘Holocaust’ Dispensationalist Theologian] Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg told The Jewish Week that The Neocatechumenal Way is “primarily a lay inspiration group that has done no missionary work and has no missionary interest. They speak about Israel like the Evangelicals do, that the Jews are ‘God’s people.’ And Israel is ‘God’s Promised Land.’ They specialize in a respectful attempt to help Catholics better appreciate the Jewish people and the Jewish religion, as well as raising an awareness of how much the Jews have suffered, including from Christians.

“In fact, one of the highlights of their programs, including the one they’re about to have in New York, is to get people to chant ‘Shema Yisroel, Hashem Elokeinu, Hashem Echad,’ in Hebrew. Partially it is, for them, the chanting of the prayer that Jesus said, and in part it is a powerful emotional statement about the Jews.”

Rabbi Greenberg added, “’The Suffering of the Innocents’ addresses the theological problem of suffering, often using Christian imagery, but also refers to the fact that the Jews are the classic example of innocent suffering. And just as God has a special love for the suffering innocent, so should Christians have a love for the Jewish people.

“It would be both impressive and a positive Jewish experience for Jews to be” at the Lincoln Center event, said Rabbi Greenberg. “And it is important for [the Neocatechumanals] to see that at least the Jewish establishment respects their work.”

Giuseppe Gennarini, of the Neocatechumenal leaders in the United States, told The Jewish Week that his movement aims at “rediscovery, and the first thing we discover in the faith is the Jewish roots, we discover the word of God, we discover Abraham, we discover the Exodus and the Passover. With rediscovery comes love. We are grateful to the Jews for what they have given to us, to help us know God.”

He prefers to think of Jews, not as an “elder brother,” as some Christians say, but as a “parent,” because in the Bible “there were so often difficulties between brothers, such as with Esau and Jacob, and Joseph and his brothers. So we say, not brothers, but you are our parent, our father in the faith.”