Jews don’t like message of Traditional Catholic group. And it’s NOT about the Holocaust.

by Doug Lawrence

The recent events surrounding the proposed reconciliation between the traditional Catholic SSPX group and the Vatican have brought out an unusually large number critical Jews, who take Pope Benedict to task for even considering any sort of rapprochement with the SSPX, unless and until the SSPX people repudiate any and all claims that might reflect badly upon Jews, for any reason … even if those claims are based on actual history and God’s absolute truth.

That is patently unfair.

The fact that our Jewish brothers and sisters know they have absolutely no right to interfere in internal Catholic Church matters, but continue to do so, also demonstrates that the roots of the problem go much, much deeper:

Beneath the high sounding, liberal Jewish rhetoric, often based on unfounded assumptions and flawed, self-serving misinterpretations of church documents, is the fact that the Jews have traditionally, never accepted the Catholic Church or any of its beliefs and teachings … about Jesus Christ, the Mass, the Priesthood, the Sacraments, the Bible, and virtually all things Christian … and Jews tend to view any type of authentic, genuine Catholicity as a threat … a direct affront to Judaism, itself.

Perhaps that perception is true. But the real problem is this: Traditional Jewry will only be happy if and when the Catholic Church agrees to repudiate Jesus Christ, and everything else the Church has preached, taught, and accomplished, in God’s holy name, over the last two thousand years.

That … and only that … would give the Jews a truly “level” playing field against Christianity. That’s what they would like, and that is what’s behind all the various op-ed pieces and position statements by various, Jewish pressure groups. It is also a classic, liberal argument, based almost purely on emotion, and nourished by guilt.

Like all good, post Vatican II Catholics, Pope Benedict and many of his fellow bishops are more than happy to go along with the charade, in the false hope of some sort of Christian-Jewish ecumenical breakthrough, the actual purpose of which, remains a great mystery.

Perhaps if we get the Jews to like us, they will want to become Catholic … but only if we compromise every essential principle of our faith … something which has already been tried by many Evangelical Protestant groups … with few positive results.

What we ought to do is respectfully and charitably agree to disagree, since there can be no real compromise between people who firmly believe that Jesus Christ is God, and those who continue to maintain instead, that Jesus Christ was nothing more than a liar, a pretender, and a blasphemer, worthy of death.

Regarding the tired old charge of Jewish blood libel: Certainly, people of good will … on both sides … can finally put that matter behind us, since Christians understand that it was essentially God’s idea to permit the Jews and the Romans of the first century era to crucify Jesus Christ, in order to destroy Satan’s power and save the world from its sins.

Much more about that, here.

But most Jews won’t accept that, either … so, let’s quit wasting time with all the lies, posturing and disingenuous rhetoric, and get busy with the holy work that God put all of us Christians here, to accomplish … teaching and preaching the entire, authentic, unadulterated Gospel of Jesus Christ.

And let’s do it in love, since over the last two thousand years, nothing about the human condition has really changed:

And seeing him they adored: but some doubted. And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.
(Matthew 28:17-20)

Interesting article with a pro-life theme: A Socially Catholic Evangelical Protestant

In the last year, I have been richly blessed with many new friendships in the Catholic pro-life community. Their devotion to the cause is infectious and inspiring. Through a variety of interactions, many of my false conceptions about Catholics have been corrected, while at the same time, my Protestant convictions have been reaffirmed. I am not alone in this experience, David Neff writes in the introduction to The Gospel of Jesus Christ: an Evangelical Celebration, that:

… through collaboration with Catholic and Orthodox activists in the prolife movement, many evangelicals have discovered a genuine appreciation for and developed friendships with them. This deeper friendship has required that Protestants know their Protestantism (and that Catholics know their Catholicism and the Orthodox, their Orthodoxy)….

Read more at Jill Stanek’s site

Can Protestantism really co-exist with conservatism and ordered liberty?

It tends to be lost on observers just how out of the contemporary Christian mainstream today’s stereotypical Evangelicals are. The secular mind today tends not to distinguish between mainline Protestantism and Evangelicalism. Most people do not realize that today, the denominations which collectively claim the affiliations of most Protestant believers, have in fact embraced and dogmatized radical welfare statism and culture-of-death liberalism. Most Protestants today belong to a denomination that teaches that extramarital sexual relations are not necessarily sinful, that abortion isn’t a sin so long as one undergoes or performs it conscientiously, and that homosexual relations are not necessarily sinful so long as they are “loving and monogamous.”

These are not fringe positions. America’s largest Lutheran denomination has just sanctioned the ordination of openly-gay pastors, the Episcopal Church (once known as “the Republican Party at prayer”) is ordaining partnered homosexuals to its episcopate, and the Church of Sweden, the largest Lutheran national church in the world, has just ordained a partnered lesbian to the See of Stockholm. All these denominations, and more, also support “women’s right to choose” and other leftist moral aberrations, and supposedly on Scriptural grounds.

None of this should come as a surprise. It is this author’s contention that, contrary to popular belief, Evangelicalism is not conservative. Protestantism is built upon radical rupture with the past, a rejection of all hierarchical authority unaccountable to the whim of the private believer, and a rejection of the authoritative nature of a doctrinal tradition. It just so happens that most Protestants of the last half-millenia have convinced themselves that certain moral imperatives are in fact perspicuously Biblical: their conservatism is coincidental, not principled. Conservative habits do not die hard, but after 500 years it seems most of Protestant Christianity no longer has qualms about taking the Reformation to its logical extreme, rejecting the entire corpus of Christian morality as itself a perversion of the Gospel by the partisans of Popery and Romanism.

Read more from Eric Giunta

Why the “Great Commission” still applies, regarding today’s Jews (and everybody)


Matthew 28:16-20 And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.  And seeing him they adored: but some doubted.  And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

Nowhere does the Bible suggest the heretical idea that any person or group of people, rejecting and disparaging Christ, can expect blessing from God. Nor do such people have the right to demand it from those who do obey God, the saints. Yet such obligation to bless and support unbelieving Jews is taught by evangelicals and Jews as the law of God.

Biblical Guidance in an Age of Delusion

What does the Bible really say about God’s attitude (and Christians’ duty) to Israel? It says God’s covenant and promises of spiritual and territorial blessing upon Abraham and his descendants were conditional upon obedience. God’s covenant with Abraham came into existence in response to Abraham’s obedience; it is sustained through the same obedience in his descendants.

Notice God’s conditional terms in the following foundational verses:

“Walk before Me and be blameless, and I will establish My covenant between Me and you.” –Genesis 17:1,2

“And in your seed, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” –Genesis 22:18

“For I have chosen him in order that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice; in order that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him (the blessings of God’s covenant).” –Genesis 18:19

And to Isaac, his son, God confirms: “…by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth be blessed: because Abraham obeyed Me…” — Genesis 26:4-5

The Palestinian covenant lays down God’s timeless requirement that Jews must follow Abraham’s example in order to enter Canaan and abide in it.

“If…you do not obey Me, by acts of hostility against Me, then I will act with wrathful hostility against you…” “You…I will scatter among the nations…” –Leviticus 26: 27, 28, 33

If Israel rebels, God warns, “you shall be torn from the land where you are entering to possess it…the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other…” –Deuteronomy 20: 63

However, if the Jews “return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul…then the Lord God will restore you from captivity…and gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you.” –Deuteronomy 30: 2, 3 1

But national repentance and obedience was not part of Israel’s birth as a nation in 1948! Zionists pushed their way into Palestine through violence, deceit, and brutal dispossession of the Christians and Muslims living in the Promised Land. Israel today is a spiritually counterfeit, racist state founded in utter rejection of their true messiah, Jesus Christ. (See, The Simple Explanation for Mid-East Strife)

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Sobering New Video: The Catholic League explains Planned Parenthood’s nefarous sex plan for children

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Poll: Notre Dame Erred By Inviting Obama

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Poll: Notre Dame Erred By Inviting Obama

By MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE, The Bulletin
Thursday, May 07, 2009

A recent Rasmussen poll found 52 percent of Americans believe the University of Notre Dame should have followed guidelines set by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and not award an honorary degree to President Barack Obama because he has acted in opposition to the Catholic Church’s moral principles.

The national telephone survey found that 25 percent believe the university should issue the degree and 19 percent are not sure.

The guidelines set by the bishops in 2004 said, “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”

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A unique education on the teachings of Judaism and the talmud

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Compiled after 15 months’ filming and editing, this fast-moving, professional video documentary will give you a unique education on the inner teachings of Judaism and the talmud.

Through the television camera “The Other Israel” takes you where few Christian scholars have gone before.

Some claim this controversial video is anti-Israel, anti-Jew, and/or anti-semetic.

After much study and reflection, I have come to believe that the intentions of the video producer are pure, and he is simply trying to shed some light on matters that remain very  mysterious to many … including the majority of our Jewish brothers and sisters … and that what you will see on the video is the essential truth.

For the record, this is what the official Catechism of the Catholic Church says about non-Christian faith traditions … including Jews, Muslims, and others:

The Church and non-Christians

839 “Those who have not yet received the Gospel are related to the People of God in various ways.”325

The relationship of the Church with the Jewish People. When she delves into her own mystery, the Church, the People of God in the New Covenant, discovers her link with the Jewish People,326 “the first to hear the Word of God.”327 The Jewish faith, unlike other non-Christian religions, is already a response to God’s revelation in the Old Covenant. To the Jews “belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ”,328 “for the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”329

840 And when one considers the future, God’s People of the Old Covenant and the new People of God tend towards similar goals: expectation of the coming (or the return) of the Messiah. But one awaits the return of the Messiah who died and rose from the dead and is recognized as Lord and Son of God; the other awaits the coming of a Messiah, whose features remain hidden till the end of time; and the latter waiting is accompanied by the drama of not knowing or of misunderstanding Christ Jesus.

841 The Church’s relationship with the Muslims. “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”330

842 The Church’s bond with non-Christian religions is in the first place the common origin and end of the human race:

 All nations form but one community. This is so because all stem from the one stock which God created to people the entire earth, and also because all share a common destiny, namely God. His providence, evident goodness, and saving designs extend to all against the day when the elect are gathered together in the holy city. . .331

843 The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life.”332

844 In their religious behavior, however, men also display the limits and errors that disfigure the image of God in them:

Very often, deceived by the Evil One, men have become vain in their reasonings, and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and served the creature rather than the Creator. Or else, living and dying in this world without God, they are exposed to ultimate despair.333

845 To reunite all his children, scattered and led astray by sin, the Father willed to call the whole of humanity together into his Son’s Church. The Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation. The Church is “the world reconciled.” She is that bark which “in the full sail of the Lord’s cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world.” According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood.334

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Why do Evangelicals have such a problem with the Blessed Virgin Mary?

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Q: Why do Evangelicals have such a problem with the Blessed Virgin Mary?

A: For a bunch of guys who claim to believe only what they can read in scripture, they sure do come up with a lot of “facts” that can’t be found ANYWHERE in the Bible!

They also seem to be totally unable to make any accurate, logical conslusions, based on what the Bible actually says.

For example, in 1st Kings 2:19 we get to see the court of King Solomon at work.

In the Royal House of David, we see that the queen is the MOTHER of the king, and the official job of the queen is to intercede with the king, on behalf of the people.

The late King David’s mom, Bathsheba approaches King Solomon’s throne. Seeing her, Solomon rises, bows, and has a throne set at his right hand for his mom, the queen.

With great respect, he shows the queen to her throne. Then Solomon gives her his undivided attention, listening attentively to all her requests, since both the 4th commandment and the traditions of the royal house require it.

In Luke 1:30 we see Mary and Gabriel:

Luk 1:30 And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
Luk 1:31 Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus.
Luk 1:32 He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.
Luk 1:33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end.

From this we know that Jesus is both the son of God and the son of David. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And since Mary is Jesus’ mother, and under God’s rules the mother of the king is the queen, Mary is the authentic queen of the royal house of David, and also the AUTHENTIC queen of heaven.

As such, her official job as queen is to intercede with her son for the needs of people, while Jesus remains the one intercessor with God the Father.

There’s absolutely no conlict with authentic scripture (or authentic Christianity and even, Judaism) here!

The Catholic Church has always clearly understood and taught all of this, while protestants (of late) conveniently ignore it, or even flat out, lie about it.

The Bible does little good if it is not fully understood and properly applied.

Our protestant brethren suffer from a level of confusion that rivals the old Tower of Babel. And it’s their own fault, since even a protestant can see from both scripture and genuine world history that Jesus founded only one Church for the purpose of our salvation … the Catholic Church … and Jesuse promised that his Church would last until the end of time, and that the gates of hell would NEVER prevail against it.

Go figure!

Evangelical leaders respond to Saddleback Forum

 
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.- Saturday night, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain responded to questions from Dr.  Rick Warren, author of “A Purpose Driven Life,” and pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.  Following the two hour event, evangelical leaders from across the United States gathered to discuss their reactions to the presumptive presidential candidates’ responses.

During the forum, Dr. Warren first posted questions to Sen. Obama covering the topics such as his personal values, abortion, marriage, education, stem cell research, and his vision for the United States; before asking Sen. McCain the same set of questions.

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