What Pope Francis never told you: Present-Day Judaism is not Old Testament Judaism

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General Titus’ Siege of Jerusalem – Pentecost Sunday, 70 A.D.

“What The Jews Believe” is the subject to which “Life” magazine devoted eleven pages of its September 11th issue. The writer, Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein of Rochester, N. Y., is the president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, “the largest organization of rabbis in the world.” The article enforces the conviction that the Judaism of today is not Old Testament Judaism.

The two opening sentences alone of the lengthy article warrant the above declaration, viz:—“The Jew has no single organized church. He has no priests.” This is enlarged upon in these words:—“The congregation’s rabbi is a teacher, not a priest.” The rabbi is “without any vested ecclesiastical authority, he is not even necessary to the functioning of the synagogue. Any male Jew with sufficient knowledge of the prayers and the laws can conduct a religious service, officiate at marriages and bury the dead.”

This is not new in Jewry. Ludwig Lewisohn, professor of English literature at Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass., says in his “Mid-Channel”:—“With the destruction of the Temple the sacrificial cult of the Jews was destroyed. For among the people there was but one altar, hence the Jewish people were suddenly laicized. Priests and sacrifices and tangible mysteries were no more.”

Surely this is not Old Testament Judaism, which was, as the Catholic Church is, an authoritative God-instituted priestly religion; the high priest being the supreme ecclesiastical authority. Aaron was its Peter, who was ordained by God through his brother Moses (Exodus 28), having successors until about the time of the destruction of the Temple in the year 70 A. D.

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In case you didn’t know: In a nutshell, the Church—Catholicism—is this…

The universal dimension of the People of God must never be forgotten. Regardless of the nation of which one is a member, the universality “which adorns the people of God” exists to bring all members of the human family back to its source and head who is Christ. (N. 13) This fact demonstrates the “catholicity” of the Church. This universality consists of different ranks based either on the duties of individuals such as “sacred ministry” or on one’s condition and state of life such as family or religious life.

Another important point about the “particular Churches” is that while they may have their own traditions, they must not oppose the primacy of the Chair of Peter. (N. 13) This is something which critics of the “hierarchy” must consider. The pope has a crucial role that must be exercised in the Church’s true nature.

The Church, through all of its members, has been given the responsibility to go out to the world and preach the Good News. (N. 17) In doing so, she must assist those who may otherwise be prone to falling into doctrinal error. This is a problem with and for the LCWR. However, these are the obligations of every disciple who follows Christ. (N. 17) Here the Council Fathers saw need to explicate the specific duties of the various members of the Church taking stock of her “hierarchical structure.”

There’s much, much more

Editor’s note: This article should be recommended reading for every Catholic. It’s that good!

As the author so aptly summarizes: So, this is a little bit about the nature of the Church and Catholicism of which all of us who are interested in Catholicism or claim to be Catholics need to recall and study.

Obama Working Willfully To Undermine Hierarchical Catholic Church

To come up to speed- back a couple of years ago- I knew that the most powerful and connected Catholic Democrats in our country were interested in more than just getting more traction on Catholic social justice issues in our American political system- I would describe the agenda/mind-set of Vicki Kennedy et al for the most part as the following:

1. Obama embodies the Catholic social tradition- he’s a better guide than the out-of-touch Pope/Bishops 2. Democrats for Life leaders were not welcome – despite my own inclusion for a time- Kennedy seemingly successfully squashed the idea of Kristen Day being invited to be part of the listserve 3. The Bishops who were outspoken for advocating the primacy of the right to life for the unborn were demonized, mocked, ridiculed, and at times the idea of trying to bring on an IRS investigation on these type of Bishops was being encouraged by some ( especially if they dared to consider withholding Communion from Pro-choice Dem leaders) 4. Bishops were described as “self-designated custodians of ‘the tradition’”. 5. Catholic Dems could aptly be self-described for the most part as “intra-Catholic warriors” 6. The Clergy Scandals were to be used to help bring the end of the Bishops line of authority- teaching and otherwise 7. This authority should pass to those who know best- the secular-minded Catholic professors and their liberal political activist friends- since there really can’t be such a thing as a Holy Spirit-guided Catholic Church with Popes and Bishops playing a key role- I suppose they could still hold onto ceremonial roles like the Kings in Europe.

I can see clearly now that President Obama has been very conscious of this war for control within the Church- and his choice of Vice President and HHS Secretary- Biden and Sebelius, respectively, was a conspicuous power move to set in place the acceptability of dissenting Catholic leaders and thought into the mainstream of American societal structures and popular imaginations.

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Doug replies to Huffington Post’s Michele Somerville’s vile screed against the Catholic Church

by Doug Lawrence

It’s absolutely clear from the Gospels that Jesus Christ instructed the Jewish people to follow the religious instructions of the almost totally corrupt Chief Priests, Scribes, and Pharisees … the very men he knew would eventually crucify him … because they legitimately occupied the authoritative “chair” of Moses.

From that, it should also be absolutely clear that Jesus Christ also respects and affirms the awesome and virtually unrestricted power and authority he gave to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church … particularly the Pope … who legitimately occupies the “chair” of St. Peter … as well as the Bishops … who legitimately occupy the respective “chairs” of the Apostles.

Today’s Catholic Bishops may be no better than the old Pharisees … but they are no less in charge of the Catholic Church … and since Jesus Christ remains the head of the Church, no mortal man or woman has the power to change any of that. Not illegitimate renegade priests. Not illegitimate female wannabee priests. Not liberal, commie, quasi-catholic heretics. Not even you.

The Church’s temporary love affair with the obtuse spirit of the ’60’s and 70’s has run its course, and is just about over. The overwhelming trend is onward and upward, with virtually no end in sight.

Even Jesus had his Judas, so it should be no surprise to anyone that the Catholic Church will have to contend with traitors in their midst, until the end of time.

As for your article … rarely have I come across a piece containing more misinformation, half-truths, and outright lies.

Judas would be proud of you!

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Obtuse spirit of Vatican II led Dutch clerics to condone a myriad of sexual abuses and perversions

In 1993, the head of the diocese of Rotterdam suddenly left his post and retired to the Benedictine abbey of Chevetogne in Belgium. In the Netherlands, the Catholic Church is heading deeper into the storm.

After the Irish drift, the Netherlands too is seeing a rise in the number of “unfaithful clerics”. First came the shocking conclusions of an independent commission on paedophilia (one out of five children who have come into contact with ecclesiastical institutions have been molested); now, the bishop emeritus of Rotterdam is being accused of sexual abuse.

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The good, the bad, and the ugly about the Catholic Church scandals.

The church is in a crisis. That much is obvious. We are just beginning to find out the sordid details of what some in the Church have been doing for the last few decades. Here are some tell-tale items, in case you haven’t heard.

Over a billion dollars has been paid by the Catholic Church for out-of-court settlements having to do with sexual scandals. The Boston dioceses has just discovered another 250 cases of sexual predation among its priests. Archdiocese all over the country have similar problems. The Sante Fe diocese is almost bankrupt due to fewer than one hundred lawsuits against its priests and bishop. Lloyds of London, the Sante Fe diocese insurer, refused to pay out any more insurance claims because the Church, “continued to give parish assignments to priests with a history of sexual abuse”(Our Sunday Visitor, Feb. 27, 1994, p. 5).

The Chicago diocese has paid out multi-millions in lawsuits. Philadelphia, New York, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Baltimore, San Jose, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and many other cities are experiencing the same. The problem is widespread. The National Catholic Reporter in the early nineties stated that, “10 percent of priests report a sexual approach from a priest while they were in training…spiritual directors, novice masters, seminary professors often introduce sexual contact into the context of their spiritual office” (NCR, Sept. 7, 1993, p. 7). Others say the numbers are much higher.

Canon lawyer Fr. Thomas Doyle, who co-authored the Doyle-Moulton-Peterson report on sexual abuse among the clergy, estimated in 1990 that 3,000 priests were “currently involved sexually with minors.” They also estimated that about 12,000 priests were involved with adult women, with thousands of paternity suits filed against them. They estimated that 6,000 priests were involved with adult men in homosexual relationships (ibid). The total of all three categories is 21,000 priests involved in some type of illicit sexual relationship, out of approximately 47,000 priests. The total is 45% – a number far higher than the 1-2% you hear from some apologists trying to downplay the present crisis by focusing only on pedophilia cases. Twelve years later, the statistics are only worse. Crisis Magazine, in the October 2001 issue, documented that every one of the 188 Catholic dioceses (some say 193 dioceses) in the United States have faced, or are facing, claims of priests in illicit sexual relationships.

Behind the pedophile scandal, however, is the real engine driving this present immorality: homosexuality. Although it is rarely mentioned by the media for fear of the backlash from the gay community, pedophile priests are primarily homosexuals merely using young boys as their favorite targets. In contrast, there are few cases of pedophile priests molesting young girls.

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More than anything else, the Corapi affair is a “no confidence vote” on church hierarchy.

by Doug Lawrence

As the “smoke” begins to clear on much of the Father John Corapi affair, what has become strikingly apparent is the utter lack of confidence that Father John and his advisers have in the hierarchy and related juridical structures of the Catholic Church.

One could say that there’s about 2 billion reasons for that lack of confidence, since that’s the approximate amount of cash that has been paid out as a result of the clergy abuse crisis … much of it the result of a widespread, recognizable pattern of various types of malfeasance, stalling, cover-ups and outright duplicity … by certain bishops and their staffs.

Then there’s the critical difference between the absolute infallibility of the official teachings of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, as compared to the all too fallible judgments and petty politics pursued by many Catholic diocesan chanceries, across the nation.

Finally, there’s the unfortunate distinction between the Catholic Church as a real, divine institution … versus the the often flawed or totally failed human implementation of that God inspired ideal.

To put it very simply, and for whatever the reasons, many Catholics … including those in authority … rarely seem to practice what the infallible, official Church has always preached.

This is not a new development. Just ask Saint Joan of Arc.

The simple fact is, “witch hunts” have never really gone out of style, people in authority have never really changed, and even after some 2000 years of practice, the Catholic Church still has a hard time dispensing anything near the quality of justice and charity that it should.

Thank God for the universal, standardized simplicity
of the seven sacraments, since if we had to rely on
the various and particular judgments of such indeliberate and imperfect men for the grace which routinely sanctifies us, we would all likely remain in eternal darkness, forever!

In light of all this, who is fit to criticize Father Corapi for refusing to simplistically entrust his fate to the Church and (possible) divine intervention?

And what about the traditional wisdom of “Acting as if everything depends on us, but praying as if everything depends on God”?

Happy Independence Day!