by Doug Lawrence
A recent commentary featured a number of false claims by the writers, coupled with a few self-serving, out of context or erroneous quotes from highly placed Catholic officials, including the late Pope John Paul II. To wit:
“It is absolutely unacceptable, impossible, to define the Jews as enemies of the Church,” said the Vatican’s top spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi. “Anti-Semitism in all its forms is a non-Christian act and the Catholic Church must fight this phenomenon with all her strength.”
(Sure! But can’t we all truthfully agree that while Anti-Semitism is indeed absolutely wrong, after more than 2000 years, the bulk of Jewish religious faith traditions and their related philosophies remain totally at odds with the fundamental teachings and practices of the Catholic Church?)
Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Vatican’s Commission on Religious Relations with Jews, lambasted Fellay: “The Jews are our older brothers,” he declared. “We are inseparably linked with the Jews.”
(Of course, this is technically correct, since The Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ, as well as all the Apostles were Jewish … and we received the Old Testament of the Bible (The Law, the Prophets and the Psalms) from the Jews. But it’s also true that many of our “older brothers” are spiritually blind. Hence, they have a serious problem comprehending the truth of the scriptures, in the light of Jesus Christ.)
Koch recently called for “the Catholic Church to conduct a deeper theological reflection … to throw light theologically on the new relationship with Judaism which has developed after Nostra Aetate.”
(Boiled down to its essence, that “new relationship” appears to be purely political … and one-sided, to boot: Speak not against Judaism or the Jews, in any matter, regardless of truth or error … and never fail to meekly “swallow” and accept the popular Jewish “line” regarding many uniquely Catholic doctrinal and political matters, from the truth of the Gospels, to the Holocaust, to issues like birth control and abortion.)
In 2000, in an iconic moment for the new relationship, Pope John Paul II prayed at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, according to a Jewish custom. He inserted into the Wall a signed prayer formally committing the Catholic Church to “genuine brotherhood with the people of the Covenant.”
(The good Pope was careful not to mention WHICH Covenant he was speaking about. The Jews are the people of the Old Covenant, which was only temporary, and never had the power to save a soul. Salvation is to be found in Jesus Christ alone … in and through his New Covenant Church. How can anyone … even our beloved Pope John Paul II … hope to pursue “genuine brotherhood” through mere political gestures, without scrupulous attention to the truth?)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church actually explains the truth of the matter quite well, when it wisely excludes the Jews and all other Christ deniers from inclusion in the group defined as “The People of God” (emphasis mine):
782 The People of God is marked by characteristics that clearly distinguish it from all other religious, ethnic, political, or cultural groups found in history:
– The People of God: God is not the property of any one people. But he acquired a people for himself from those who previously were not a people: “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.”
– One becomes a member of this people not by a physical birth, but by being “born anew,” a birth “of water and the Spirit,” that is, by faith in Christ, and Baptism.
– This People has for its Head Jesus the Christ (the anointed, the Messiah). Because the same anointing, the Holy Spirit, flows from the head into the body, this is “the messianic people.”
– “The status of this people is that of the dignity and freedom of the sons of God, in whose hearts the Holy Spirit dwells as in a temple.”
– “Its law is the new commandment to love as Christ loved us.” This is the “new” law of the Holy Spirit.
– Its mission is to be salt of the earth and light of the world. This people is “a most sure seed of unity, hope, and salvation for the whole human race.”
-Its destiny, finally, “is the Kingdom of God which has been begun by God himself on earth and which must be further extended until it has been brought to perfection by him at the end of time.”
This truth is in no way Anti-Semitic, since it applies equally to every race, culture and creed … offering the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ, to all.
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