Archive for the ‘Ratzinger’ Category

Benedict at Auschwitz

June 28, 2007

Bowing before the idol of Holocaustolatry

“… the shock of the Shoah has put the whole question under a new light … Can Christians, after all that has happened, still claim in good conscience to be the legitimate heirs of Israel’s Bible? Have they the right to propose a Christian interpretation of this Bible, or should they not instead, respectfully and humbly, renounce any claim that, in the light of what has happened, must look like a usurpation?” (Joseph Ratzinger, The Jewish People and their Sacred Scripture in the Christian Bible May 24, 2001)

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/pcb_documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20020212_popolo-ebraico_en.html

Benedict at Auschwitz

June 28, 2007

Bowing before the idol of Holocaustolatry

“… the shock of the Shoah has put the whole question under a new light … Can Christians, after all that has happened, still claim in good conscience to be the legitimate heirs of Israel’s Bible? Have they the right to propose a Christian interpretation of this Bible, or should they not instead, respectfully and humbly, renounce any claim that, in the light of what has happened, must look like a usurpation?” (Joseph Ratzinger, The Jewish People and their Sacred Scripture in the Christian Bible May 24, 2001)

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/pcb_documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20020212_popolo-ebraico_en.html

Benedict at Auschwitz

June 28, 2007

Bowing before the idol of Holocaustolatry

“… the shock of the Shoah has put the whole question under a new light … Can Christians, after all that has happened, still claim in good conscience to be the legitimate heirs of Israel’s Bible? Have they the right to propose a Christian interpretation of this Bible, or should they not instead, respectfully and humbly, renounce any claim that, in the light of what has happened, must look like a usurpation?” (Joseph Ratzinger, The Jewish People and their Sacred Scripture in the Christian Bible May 24, 2001)

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/pcb_documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20020212_popolo-ebraico_en.html

Benedict at Auschwitz

June 28, 2007

Bowing before the idol of Holocaustolatry

“… the shock of the Shoah has put the whole question under a new light … Can Christians, after all that has happened, still claim in good conscience to be the legitimate heirs of Israel’s Bible? Have they the right to propose a Christian interpretation of this Bible, or should they not instead, respectfully and humbly, renounce any claim that, in the light of what has happened, must look like a usurpation?” (Joseph Ratzinger, The Jewish People and their Sacred Scripture in the Christian Bible May 24, 2001)

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/pcb_documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20020212_popolo-ebraico_en.html

Pharisaic Self-Redemption

June 1, 2007

From the website of the Pharisees of the 21st century Sanhedrin:

Recently, the Jewish people have begun to reassert their rights to the Temple Mount …

This year in Jerusalem, the Sanhedrin Initiative is calling upon the Jewish people in Israel and throughout the world to participate in the Korban Pesach. The Sanhedrin Initiative will choose sheep to be offered in the Korban Pesach, and all preparations will be made in the expectation that we can renew this ancient, traditional offering …

We realize that this approach is as controversial as it is courageous; passivity always appears the safer course, even if appearances are deceiving. The controversy is part of a fundamental debate whether the Jewish people must passively await their redemption which will be a one-shot deal or they are enjoined to make preparations … to prepare the stage for their redemption. If you subscribe to the second approach, then one can hardly find a cause more worthy than restoring the Korban Pesach to its pride of place as a symbol of Jewish unity.

http://korbanpesach.org/en/korban/pesach_now

The self-worshiping neoPharisees of the 21st century Sanhedrin leave no doubt as to which approach they take to redemption.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz who heads the above mentioned Sanhedrin recently spoke at a Vatican conference where he seemed to gloat:

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, noted that … the Catholic Church was in an “almost impossible” position when it came to dealing with the Jews. “It’s very hard to be somebody’s heir when he’s still alive,” Steinsaltz told the audience of academics, students and Catholic and Jewish representatives.

While saying he was hopeful for more progress in improving relations, the rabbi – a noted scholar and founder of several Talmudic institutions in Israel and Russia – said there was a reason for the strain between Catholics and Jews. “Basically, monotheistic religions cannot be tolerant,” he said. “When you speak about truth … Can you speak about two truths?” (“Vatican: Jews Are Our Brothers,” Rome, Oct. 22, 2005 Associated Press)

Putting aside the fact that rabbinic Judaism is neither monotheistic or a religion, it is interesting to see the Nasi of the 21st century Sanhedrin speak at the Vatican with a tone of authority on the topic of singular truth (disingenuously, of course. Judaism is as relativistic as it gets). I can’t recall any Pope speaking in such a way in the past 50 years.

Pharisaic Self-Redemption

June 1, 2007

From the website of the Pharisees of the 21st century Sanhedrin:

Recently, the Jewish people have begun to reassert their rights to the Temple Mount …

This year in Jerusalem, the Sanhedrin Initiative is calling upon the Jewish people in Israel and throughout the world to participate in the Korban Pesach. The Sanhedrin Initiative will choose sheep to be offered in the Korban Pesach, and all preparations will be made in the expectation that we can renew this ancient, traditional offering …

We realize that this approach is as controversial as it is courageous; passivity always appears the safer course, even if appearances are deceiving. The controversy is part of a fundamental debate whether the Jewish people must passively await their redemption which will be a one-shot deal or they are enjoined to make preparations … to prepare the stage for their redemption. If you subscribe to the second approach, then one can hardly find a cause more worthy than restoring the Korban Pesach to its pride of place as a symbol of Jewish unity.

http://korbanpesach.org/en/korban/pesach_now

The self-worshiping neoPharisees of the 21st century Sanhedrin leave no doubt as to which approach they take to redemption.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz who heads the above mentioned Sanhedrin recently spoke at a Vatican conference where he seemed to gloat:

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, noted that … the Catholic Church was in an “almost impossible” position when it came to dealing with the Jews. “It’s very hard to be somebody’s heir when he’s still alive,” Steinsaltz told the audience of academics, students and Catholic and Jewish representatives.

While saying he was hopeful for more progress in improving relations, the rabbi – a noted scholar and founder of several Talmudic institutions in Israel and Russia – said there was a reason for the strain between Catholics and Jews. “Basically, monotheistic religions cannot be tolerant,” he said. “When you speak about truth … Can you speak about two truths?” (“Vatican: Jews Are Our Brothers,” Rome, Oct. 22, 2005 Associated Press)

Putting aside the fact that rabbinic Judaism is neither monotheistic or a religion, it is interesting to see the Nasi of the 21st century Sanhedrin speak at the Vatican with a tone of authority on the topic of singular truth (disingenuously, of course. Judaism is as relativistic as it gets). I can’t recall any Pope speaking in such a way in the past 50 years.

More on Ratzinger-Neusner Luv Fest

May 25, 2007

According to Time Magazine, Benedict XVI, in his new book, Jesus of Nazareth:

… acknowledges [Rabbi Jacob Neusner’s] point that Jesus is offering the Jews a transformation rather than a continuation of the Torah but maintains that the trade-off is worth it, provided Jesus is not merely “a liberal reform rabbi” but “the Son.” That Neusner and other Jews regard that very Sonship as a deal breaker does not bother him much. “It would be good for the Christian world to look respectfully at this obedience of Israel,” he writes, “and thus to appreciate better the great commandments” as universalized by Jesus. (Time Magazine Online Edition, “The Pope’s Favorite Rabbi,” May 24, 2007)

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1625183-2,00.html

Could there possibly be more deception crammed into that single sentence?

Judaic rabbis of Talmud and Kabbalah are Israel whom Christians should respect for their obedience to the commandments of the Bible? Not according to Jesus Christ. Jesus said that the Pharisees don’t do the works of Abraham (John 8;40). Jesus said that the Pharisees do not hear the Word of God because they are not of God (John 8;47).

Rabbi Neusner has stated quite plainly in many of his books that his “religion,” rabbinic Judaism, traces it’s roots to the Pharisees:

“The Pharisees are important for two reasons. First, the Gospels portray them as one of the principle opposition groups to Jesus. Second, Judaism as we know it generally traces its roots back to the Pharisees.” (Jacob Neusner, Judaism in the Beginning of Christianity [Philadelphia: Fortress Press 1984], p.45)

So anyone who has read the Gospel of John knows that a spiritual descendant of the Pharisees cannot even hear the Commandments of God, much less obey them. If they did hear and obey God’s Word they would be followers of Jesus Christ. (John 14)

But this claim from Benedict can be demonstrated to be backwards even if the “Christological” argument is put aside, for Rabbi Neusner himself has written on many occasions of how the rabbis themselves create “Torah” (see:Talmud) and that their god studies it!

See here:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/04/some-insight-from-benedict-xvis-elder.html

This is what Benedict identifies as the “obedience” of “Israel” which Christians should “look respectfully” to in order to better appreciate the “great commandments”? What great commandments could he possibly be speaking of!?!?! The Biblical commandments? There couldn’t be worse abrogators of the Biblical commandments than the rabbis.

Benedict accepts Neusner’s argument that He rejects Christ because He changed the Law, but that’s exactly what Neusner, his fellow rabbis and their spiritual Pharisaic forefathers have done!!!! Rabbi Neusner demonstrates it himself. They make void the word of God through their tradition. (Mark 7;13) These are the last people Christians should respectfully look to as an example of obedience to the Biblical commandments.

And do I need to point out the backwardness of the Pope of the Catholic Church identifying the spiritual descendants of the Pharisees, who Christ identified as the spiritual sons of the Devil, as “Israel”(John 8;44)? Christ denied the Pharisees their claim to be “Israel” even though they truly were flesh descendants of Abraham (John 8;37). The rabbis of our time are neither flesh or spiritual descendants of Abraham. How much more absurd is their claim to be Israel than that of the Pharisees of Christ’s time? And the Pope is attempting to sell us on this claim? Double-minded insanity.

Even if what was implied in Benedict’s statement was true–that the rabbis uphold the Biblical commandments as Abraham did–this would be nothing for Christians to admire. Our Messiah, Whom Abraham rejoiced that he might see, has come. Christians have the grace imparted through His sacrifice on the cross and by the descent of the Holy Ghost at the Pentecost (but are they cooperating with it?). Christians have a New Testament infinitely superior to the crude Old Testament which was suitable for a perverse people stained by original sin. Jesus said that John the Baptist was greater than all of the Old Testament Prophets. What would emulation of the Old Testament Prophets merit post Pentecost?

Now in saying a new, he hath made the former old. And that which decayeth and groweth old, is near its end. (Hebrews 8;13)

More on Ratzinger-Neusner Luv Fest

May 25, 2007

According to Time Magazine, Benedict XVI, in his new book, Jesus of Nazareth:

… acknowledges [Rabbi Jacob Neusner’s] point that Jesus is offering the Jews a transformation rather than a continuation of the Torah but maintains that the trade-off is worth it, provided Jesus is not merely “a liberal reform rabbi” but “the Son.” That Neusner and other Jews regard that very Sonship as a deal breaker does not bother him much. “It would be good for the Christian world to look respectfully at this obedience of Israel,” he writes, “and thus to appreciate better the great commandments” as universalized by Jesus. (Time Magazine Online Edition, “The Pope’s Favorite Rabbi,” May 24, 2007)

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1625183-2,00.html

Could there possibly be more deception crammed into that single sentence?

Judaic rabbis of Talmud and Kabbalah are Israel whom Christians should respect for their obedience to the commandments of the Bible? Not according to Jesus Christ. Jesus said that the Pharisees don’t do the works of Abraham (John 8;40). Jesus said that the Pharisees do not hear the Word of God because they are not of God (John 8;47).

Rabbi Neusner has stated quite plainly in many of his books that his “religion,” rabbinic Judaism, traces it’s roots to the Pharisees:

“The Pharisees are important for two reasons. First, the Gospels portray them as one of the principle opposition groups to Jesus. Second, Judaism as we know it generally traces its roots back to the Pharisees.” (Jacob Neusner, Judaism in the Beginning of Christianity [Philadelphia: Fortress Press 1984], p.45)

So anyone who has read the Gospel of John knows that a spiritual descendant of the Pharisees cannot even hear the Commandments of God, much less obey them. If they did hear and obey God’s Word they would be followers of Jesus Christ. (John 14)

But this claim from Benedict can be demonstrated to be backwards even if the “Christological” argument is put aside, for Rabbi Neusner himself has written on many occasions of how the rabbis themselves create “Torah” (see:Talmud) and that their god studies it!

See here:

http://mauricepinay.blogspot.com/2007/04/some-insight-from-benedict-xvis-elder.html

This is what Benedict identifies as the “obedience” of “Israel” which Christians should “look respectfully” to in order to better appreciate the “great commandments”? What great commandments could he possibly be speaking of!?!?! The Biblical commandments? There couldn’t be worse abrogators of the Biblical commandments than the rabbis.

Benedict accepts Neusner’s argument that He rejects Christ because He changed the Law, but that’s exactly what Neusner, his fellow rabbis and their spiritual Pharisaic forefathers have done!!!! Rabbi Neusner demonstrates it himself. They make void the word of God through their tradition. (Mark 7;13) These are the last people Christians should respectfully look to as an example of obedience to the Biblical commandments.

And do I need to point out the backwardness of the Pope of the Catholic Church identifying the spiritual descendants of the Pharisees, who Christ identified as the spiritual sons of the Devil, as “Israel”(John 8;44)? Christ denied the Pharisees their claim to be “Israel” even though they truly were flesh descendants of Abraham (John 8;37). The rabbis of our time are neither flesh or spiritual descendants of Abraham. How much more absurd is their claim to be Israel than that of the Pharisees of Christ’s time? And the Pope is attempting to sell us on this claim? Double-minded insanity.

Even if what was implied in Benedict’s statement was true–that the rabbis uphold the Biblical commandments as Abraham did–this would be nothing for Christians to admire. Our Messiah, Whom Abraham rejoiced that he might see, has come. Christians have the grace imparted through His sacrifice on the cross and by the descent of the Holy Ghost at the Pentecost (but are they cooperating with it?). Christians have a New Testament infinitely superior to the crude Old Testament which was suitable for a perverse people stained by original sin. Jesus said that John the Baptist was greater than all of the Old Testament Prophets. What would emulation of the Old Testament Prophets merit post Pentecost?

Now in saying a new, he hath made the former old. And that which decayeth and groweth old, is near its end. (Hebrews 8;13)

Some Insight from Benedict XVI’s Elder Brother in the Faith, Rabbi Jacob Neusner

April 23, 2007

Following up on the last blog entry I offer insight into Judaism from Rabbi Jacob Neusner whom Benedict XVI holds in such high regard.

Rabbi Neusner frankly states that Judaism traces it’s roots to the Pharisees:

“The Pharisees are important for two reasons. First, the Gospels portray them as one of the principle opposition groups to Jesus. Second, Judaism as we know it generally traces its roots back to the Pharisees.” (Jacob Neusner, Judaism in the Beginning of Christianity [Philadelphia: Fortress Press 1984], p.45)

Rabbi Neusner offers a clear insight into one of the myriad of reasons why I must state that JPII and Benedict XVI do not speak for me when they call the rabbis “our elder brothers in the faith”:

The [Pharisaic-Rabbinic] schools believed that in heaven God and the angels studied Torah [ie. Talmud/Kabbalah] just as the rabbis did on earth. God donned phylacteries like a rabbi. He prayed in rabbinic mode … He guided the affairs of the world according to the rules of the Torah, like the rabbi in his court. One exegesis of the Creation-legend taught that God had looked into the Torah and therefrom had created the world. Moreover, heaven was aware above of what the rabbis in particular thought, said, and did below. The myth of the Torah was multi-dimensional. It included the striking detail that whenever the most recent rabbi was destined to discover through proper exegesis of the tradition was as much of a part of the way revealed to Moses as was a sentence of Scripture itself. It was therefore possible to participate in the giving of the law, as it were, by appropriate, logical inquiry into the law. God himself, studying and living by Torah, was believed to subject himself to these same rules of logical inquiry, so if an earthly court overruled the testimony, delivered through some natural miracles, of the heavenly one, God would rejoice, crying out, “My sons have conquered me! My sons have conquered me!”

… The rabbi constituted the projection of the divine on earth. Honor was due him more than to the scroll of the Torah, for through his learning and logic he might alter the very content of Mosaic revelation. He was Torah, not merely because he lived by it, but because at his best he constituted as compelling an embodiment of the heavenly model as did a Torah scroll itself. (Jacob Neusner “The Phenomenon of the Rabbi in Late Antiquity: II The Ritual of ‘Being a Rabbi’ in Later Sasanian Babylonia,” Numen, Vol.17, Fasc. 1. [Feb., 1970], pp.3-4)

Keep in mind that Neusner speaks here as a scholar, but he is also himself a Rabbi of Orthodox Judaism–the so-called “religion” which teaches this extreme foolishness–precisely what Christ referred to when He stated that the Pharisaic tradition “makes God’s Word of no effect.”

And lest someone dismiss this as the theory of some wacky rabbi, the Talmud in Bava Metzia 59b states that a majority vote of the rabbis must be accepted, even when God Himself holds the opposite view. This is the Gemara which Neusner references above:

“God smiled and said:’My sons have defeated Me, My sons have defeated Me!'” God’s sons “defeated him” with their arguments. Rabbi Yehoshua was correct in his contention that a view confirmed by majority vote must be accepted, even where God Himself holds the opposite view. (Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Bava Metzia 59b, Steinsaltz Edition [NY: Random House 1990], Vol. III p.237)

Some Insight from Benedict XVI’s Elder Brother in the Faith, Rabbi Jacob Neusner

April 23, 2007

Following up on the last blog entry I offer insight into Judaism from Rabbi Jacob Neusner whom Benedict XVI holds in such high regard.

Rabbi Neusner frankly states that Judaism traces it’s roots to the Pharisees:

“The Pharisees are important for two reasons. First, the Gospels portray them as one of the principle opposition groups to Jesus. Second, Judaism as we know it generally traces its roots back to the Pharisees.” (Jacob Neusner, Judaism in the Beginning of Christianity [Philadelphia: Fortress Press 1984], p.45)

Rabbi Neusner offers a clear insight into one of the myriad of reasons why I must state that JPII and Benedict XVI do not speak for me when they call the rabbis “our elder brothers in the faith”:

The [Pharisaic-Rabbinic] schools believed that in heaven God and the angels studied Torah [ie. Talmud/Kabbalah] just as the rabbis did on earth. God donned phylacteries like a rabbi. He prayed in rabbinic mode … He guided the affairs of the world according to the rules of the Torah, like the rabbi in his court. One exegesis of the Creation-legend taught that God had looked into the Torah and therefrom had created the world. Moreover, heaven was aware above of what the rabbis in particular thought, said, and did below. The myth of the Torah was multi-dimensional. It included the striking detail that whenever the most recent rabbi was destined to discover through proper exegesis of the tradition was as much of a part of the way revealed to Moses as was a sentence of Scripture itself. It was therefore possible to participate in the giving of the law, as it were, by appropriate, logical inquiry into the law. God himself, studying and living by Torah, was believed to subject himself to these same rules of logical inquiry, so if an earthly court overruled the testimony, delivered through some natural miracles, of the heavenly one, God would rejoice, crying out, “My sons have conquered me! My sons have conquered me!”

… The rabbi constituted the projection of the divine on earth. Honor was due him more than to the scroll of the Torah, for through his learning and logic he might alter the very content of Mosaic revelation. He was Torah, not merely because he lived by it, but because at his best he constituted as compelling an embodiment of the heavenly model as did a Torah scroll itself. (Jacob Neusner “The Phenomenon of the Rabbi in Late Antiquity: II The Ritual of ‘Being a Rabbi’ in Later Sasanian Babylonia,” Numen, Vol.17, Fasc. 1. [Feb., 1970], pp.3-4)

Keep in mind that Neusner speaks here as a scholar, but he is also himself a Rabbi of Orthodox Judaism–the so-called “religion” which teaches this extreme foolishness–precisely what Christ referred to when He stated that the Pharisaic tradition “makes God’s Word of no effect.”

And lest someone dismiss this as the theory of some wacky rabbi, the Talmud in Bava Metzia 59b states that a majority vote of the rabbis must be accepted, even when God Himself holds the opposite view. This is the Gemara which Neusner references above:

“God smiled and said:’My sons have defeated Me, My sons have defeated Me!'” God’s sons “defeated him” with their arguments. Rabbi Yehoshua was correct in his contention that a view confirmed by majority vote must be accepted, even where God Himself holds the opposite view. (Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Bava Metzia 59b, Steinsaltz Edition [NY: Random House 1990], Vol. III p.237)