Rabbi wants to build understanding between Catholics and Jews based solely on his own flawed interpretation of Vatican II document.

2nd Vatican Council

by Doug Lawrence

Rabbi Howard Hirsch cited several accomplishments of the Vatican II Council, including the recognition that Jews are bound by an unbreakable covenant with God, a powerful deference to the Jewish religion and repudiation of any past Christian efforts to convert them.

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Editor’s note: Read the linked article and make careful note of the rabbi’s claims. Then, read the actual text of Nostra Aetate … the official Vatican II Catholic Church document to which he refers (pertinent sections of which are included below.)

In Nostra Aetate, you will NOT find any specific language making Judaism salvifically equivalent to Catholicism. Nor will you find any justification or rationale for what the Rabbi calls “powerful deference”… other than the dignity and respect due to peaceful people, everywhere.

You will NOT find any language that repeals the “Great Commission” of Jesus Christ, which calls on Christians to teach and baptize ALL NATIONS (including Jews) in the name of Jesus Christ … and you will NOT find any language claiming that any of the old covenants are equivalent to the New and Saving Covenant in Christ’s blood, which holds out the ONLY hope of salvation … primarily to faithfully baptized Christians.

As for “exonerating the Jews” … to the contrary … Nostra Aetate properly implicated ALL of sinful mankind, including Christians, Jews, Muslims and Pagans in the death of Jesus Christ, since it was the collective sins of all mankind that made Christ’s sacrifice necessary.

Rabbi Hirsch is a scholar. He knows the truth. Yet through his deliberate misinterpretation of an important, official document of the Catholic Church, he acts much more like crooked politician! Many liberal Catholic bishops have been complicit in this great falsehood, as well.

Read the pertinent sections of Nostra Aetate below. Then look up and study the various biblical citations, comparing them with the official text:

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4. Sounding the depths of the mystery which is the church, this sacred council remembers the spiritual ties which link the people of the new covenant to the stock of Abraham.

The church of Christ acknowledges that in God’s plan of salvation the beginnings of its faith and election are to be found in the patriarchs, Moses and the prophets. It professes that all Christ’s faithful, who as people of faith are daughters and sons of Abraham (see Gal 3:7), are included in the same patriarch’s call and that the salvation of the church is mystically prefigured in the exodus of God’s chosen people from the land of bondage. On this account the church cannot forget that it received the revelation of the Old Testament by way of that people with whom God in his inexpressible mercy established the ancient covenant. Nor can it forget that it draws nourishment from that good olive tree onto which the wild olive branches of the Gentiles have been grafted (see Rom 11:17-24). The church believes that Christ who is our peace has through his cross reconciled Jews and Gentiles and made them one in himself (see Eph 2:14,16).

Likewise, the church keeps ever before its mind the words of the apostle Paul about his kin: “they are Israelites and it is for them to be sons and daughters, to them belong 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” (Rom 9:4,5), the Son of the Virgin Mary. It is mindful, moreover, that the apostles, the pillars on which the church stands, are of Jewish descent, as are many of those early disciples who proclaimed the Gospel of Christ to the world.

As holy scripture testifies, Jerusalem did not recognize God’s moment when it came (see Lk19:42). Jews for the most part did not accept the Gospel; on the contrary, many opposed its spread (see Rom 11:28). Even so, the apostle Paul maintains that the Jews remain very dear to God, for the sake of the patriarchs, since God does not take back the gifts he bestowed or the choice he made. *(Not exactly! See note below.)

Together with the prophets and that same apostle, the church awaits the day, known to God alone, when all peoples will call on God with one voice and serve him shoulder to shoulder (Soph 3:9; see Is 66:23; Ps 65:4; Rom 11:11-32).

Since Christians and Jews have such a common spiritual heritage, this sacred council wishes to encourage and further mutual understanding and appreciation. This can be achieved, especially, by way of biblical and theological enquiry and through friendly discussions.

Even though the Jewish authorities and those who followed their lead pressed for the death of Christ (see Jn 19:6), neither all Jews indiscriminately at that time, nor Jews today, can be charged with the crimes committed during his passion. It is true that the church is the new people of God, yet the Jews should not be spoken of as rejected or accursed as if this followed from holy scripture. Consequently, all must take care, lest in catechizing or in preaching the word of God, they teach anything which is not in accord with the truth of the Gospel message or the spirit of Christ.

Indeed, the church reproves every form of persecution against whomsoever it may be directed. Remembering, then, it’s common heritage with the Jews and moved not by any political consideration, but solely by the religious motivation of Christian charity, it deplores all hatreds, persecutions, displays of anti-semitism directed against the Jews at any time or from any source. The church always held and continues to hold that Christ out of infinite love freely underwent suffering and death because of the sins of all, so that all might attain salvation. It is the duty of the church, therefore, in it’s preaching to proclaim the cross of Christ as the sign of God’s universal love and the source of all grace.

5. We cannot truly pray to God the Father of all if we treat any people as other than sisters and brothers, for all are created in God’s image. People’s relation to God the Father and their relation to other women and men are so dependent on each other that the Scripture says “they who do not love, do not know God” (1 Jn 4:8). There is no basis therefore, either in theory or in practice for any discrimination between individual and individual, or between people and people arising either from human dignity or from the rights which flow from it.

Therefore, the church reproves, as foreign to the mind of Christ, any discrimination against people or any harassment of them on the basis of their race, color, condition in life or religion.

Accordingly, following the footsteps of the holy apostles Peter and Paul, the sacred council earnestly begs the Christian faithful to “conduct themselves well among the Gentiles” (1 Pet2:12} and if possible, as far as depends on them, to be at peace with all people (see Rom12:18) and in that way to be true daughters and sons of the Father who is in heaven (see Mt5:45).

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*Therefore I say to you that the kingdom of God shall be taken from you and shall be given to a nation yielding the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it shall grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they knew that he spoke of them. (Matthew 21:43-45)

In the above passage, it’s absolutely clear that Jesus was speaking to the Jewish hierarchy. In the passage below, it’s equally clear that St. Peter is explaining precisely who that holy and fruitful successor nation would be … the Catholic Church!

But you are a chosen generation, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people: that you may declare his virtues, who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Who in times past were not a people: but are now the people of God. Who had not obtained mercy: but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)

It’s high time Catholics wised up … and it’s also high time our Jewish brethren quit “spinning” Church documents to suit their own ends!

Shame on you, Rabbi Hirsch!

Pope Benedict XVI’s hype of new book worthy of Madison Avenue “Mad Men”.


Who would have thought that pope would have the guts to hype his new book as shamelessly as a Madison Avenue advertising maven?

Was the recent condom controversy merely the first phase of a “killer” promotional campaign?

Will any of the pope’s obvious talent ever “rub off” on L’Osservatore Romano (the Vatican Newspaper) … and will the pope now move to exonerate “The Blues Brothers” … “The Simpsons” … Jimmy Carter … and Charlie Sheen?

What will the Muslims think of the pope’s alleged “Exoneration of the Jews”?

Will Muslims now demand that the pope exonerate them?

Could this be some sort of a bold, new, ecumenical initiative?

Will the pope now get his own weekly cable TV series .. or perhaps, a major motion picture? (Think: “The Exoneration of Emily Rose”“The Exonerator”“Wheel of Exoneration”.

Will the pope shortly call “Vatican III”?

Is Benedict XVI really that savvy, or is this part of some mysterious (and much bigger) master plan?

Be sure to watch this site for future developments!

Dr. Robert Moynihan: Rather, what Benedict is saying, clearly, is that the blood of Christ will bring about the redemption of the Jews from their sins.

If one goes to Google now and types in “Pope on Jews” you will find that this article is now cited numerous times among the first items, suggesting that this “exoneration” by Benedict of “the Jews” for blame in the execution of Jesus is the central point of Benedict’s teaching on Jews and Judaism. (Don’t think so? Click here.)

But this is not an accurate presentation of what Benedict is saying.

Rather, what Benedict is saying, clearly, is that the blood of Christ will bring about the redemption of the Jews from their sins.

Here again is what the Pope writes: When in Matthew’s account the “whole people” say: “His blood be on us and on our children” (27:25), the Christian will remember that Jesus’ blood speaks a different language from the blood of Abel (Heb 12:24): it does not cry out for vengeance and punishment; it brings reconciliation… These words are not a curse, but rather redemption, salvation.

The Pope certainly does not hold to a theory that all the Jewish people without exception were complicit in and guilty of the decision to execute Jesus (the theory of “deicide”). This is clear.

But, in fact, the teaching that the Jewish people, as a whole (corporately) committed “deicide” has always been a distortion of true Christian teaching, has never been the established doctrine of the Church, and this is why the teaching of Nostra Aetate (drafted and promulgated in 1965 at the close of the Second Vatican Council) — which makes clear this point unambiguously — is not an innovation, as is sometimes alleged, not a “new” teaching of the Church, but a clarification of the Church’s perennial teaching. (At least as clear as any church document written around that time could be. Hence, all the various, subsequent  distortions and misappropriations. – Ed.)

So Benedict does not “exonerate” the “Jews” for “Jesus’ death”; nor is it in his thought to do so.

Editor’s note: So … to Dr. Robert Moynihan … publisher of “Inside the Vatican Magazine” … I say, Amen, brother! Good job … and God speed.”

Link to the book site