Catholic scholar corrects errors of alleged “Jewish Catholic” group using authentic Catholic teachings

There’s enough misinformation and heresy going around about Israel and the Jews to fill an entire encyclopedia (or two).

There’s no shortage of evangelical Christian groups who support the the nation of Israel, even over other Christians (and especially, Catholics).

There’s a seemingly huge number of prominent Catholics and other Christians who erroneously think that the Jews enjoy a separate, saving covenant with God. (They don’t.)

There are many, many people of various faiths who think that the modern day state of Israel (purely due to a divine mandate) still holds title to the Holy Land, and that the Catholic Church supports that claim. (Neither is true.)

Perhaps you think that all of this has gone on for way too long, and is no longer of any interest to you. If so, skip it.

If not, take some time to read the following document by theologian and scholar, Robert Sungenis. It’s in an easy to follow Q&A format … it covers a number of very important topics … and it just may open up your eyes to the (authentically Catholic) truth.

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Editor’s note: A “rebuttal” to Robert Sungenis, published by Catholics for Israel is available on-line, but it merely serves to restate their original erroneous position on these things, shedding little or no “new light” on the matter. In this, Sungenis clearly has the truth on his side, along with almost 2000 years of authentic Catholic teachings and tradition.

In short, Catholics for Israel (along with some of their more ardent contributors) appear to be more loyal and supportive of Israel and the Jews than they are of the Catholic Church and other Christians. In their misguided zeal, about the only thing they can do is try to discredit Sungenis.  But that tactic simply doesn’t work, since it’s clear that Robert Sungenis had it right, all along.

Article highlights doctrinal errors promoted by some high-profile Jewish Catholic converts

So we seem to have a dilemma here. If we are not careful about our definition of anti-Semitism,  we will end up calling the Catholic Church and the very word of God anti-Semitic. This is precisely the conclusion which Abe Foxman wishes to plant in your mind. Either that or, thanks to the undermining of Scripture fostered by liberal Catholic scholars who appeal to “historical criticism,” other Jews claim that the New Testament’s anti-Semitism did not originate with the four Evangelists and St. Paul but from second- or third-generation Christians who deliberately added anti-Semitic remarks to the Bible! Take your pick. Either way, the Church and the New Testament are made guilty of anti-Semitism.

In the end, if this war of words and labels is ever to subside and give place to genuine care and concern for each other’s welfare, it is imperative that all interested parties establish the proper definitions before any intellectual discourse takes place, the barriers of which no one should be allowed to cross. We need to come to a happy medium that, on the one hand, will not make Catholics fearful of pointing out worldwide Jewish opposition to Christianity, and, on the other hand, satisfy the Roy Schoemans of the world that neither Catholic doctrine nor Catholic people want to promote “anti-Semitism.” Of course, this is a very difficult task. How can we defend Christianity against Jews who so vociferously reject it without being cast, in some sense, as anti-Jewish? Is it possible to distinguish between Jewish ideological opposition to Christianity and Jewish political, financial and social power that is used to foster that opposition? I think this is the quintessential nature of “the Jewish problem” for the Catholic Church, and that it will never go away. Some have chosen to deal with it by appeasement; others by reproach; others by indifference. We can only hope that all sides will not go to the extreme in their respective approaches, but that each finds and maintains a happy medium of coexistence, as St. Augustine would have us, between the City of God and the City of Man.

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