The essential truth today’s Vatican refuses to proclaim to “the Jews”

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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.

Any questions?

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The main reason for attending Mass

by Doug Lawrence

The Mass is the liturgical re-presentation of Jesus Christ’s one-time, once for many, propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of the world, at Calvary.

The Last Supper was the anticipation of that blessed event, the eternal fulfillment of the Jewish Passover, and the Christ-instituted model for our timeless Catholic liturgy.

What makes the Mass eternally unique and infinitely efficacious is the real presence on the altar, under the auspices of bread and wine, of Jesus Christ, the sinless God-man who was crucified, died, and was buried, who rose again from the dead, and who remains the only perfect and acceptable sacrifice for the sins of the world.

Since Jesus Christ personally embodies the one time, once for many, eternal sacrifice for the sins of the world, when Jesus becomes present on the altar at Mass, his eternal sacrifice for sin is also renewed and re-presented.

From a practical standpoint, this is necessary so that we might have a pure and perfect offering that will be acceptable to God the Father. Without Jesus’ real presence on the altar, such a thing would not be possible. 

Most people look forward to receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, and typically consider that as their primary reason for attending Mass, but there’s much more to it … since it typically remains necessary for the People of God, with the assistance of the priest, to faithfully and regularly “line up” behind Jesus, offering him up to our Father in Heaven … so that “mountains” might move, all things might be reconciled and renewed, and divine grace might continue to flow, in supernatural abundance.

This happens shortly after the consecration and just before the “Great Amen”. Watch and listen carefully the next time you attend:

The priest takes the chalice, containing the blood of Christ,
and the paten, on which his body, in the form of the host, rests.
Raising both, he says:

Through him, and with him, and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor is yours,
for ever and ever.

The people acclaim:
Amen.

Having just offered Jesus Christ, our sinless brother, savior, perfect victim, Heavenly High Priest, mediator, and God, to our Father in Heaven, we rightfully expect this ultimate, totally spotless and perfect sacrifice to be accepted, affording us (and the whole Church) divine favor of all kinds.

Only then do we continue … rightly claiming Jesus’ Father as our own … and receiving Jesus Christ … body, blood, soul and divinity … for our divine sustenance … as we go forth.

The Mass – illustrated

Propitiation and Atonement – illustrated

Pro-Israel writers almost get it right … but leave mistaken impression about Judaism that isn’t quite Kosher.


…the relationship between the Jewish people and God is one that commonly elicits strong (and divergent) reactions. But what does the Church have to say about this relationship? In particular, are the Jewish people still “chosen,” maintaining a special relationship with God? And, if so, does this therefore mean that they are already in a salvific covenant with him such that they have no need of Christ and his Church?

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Editor’s note:

First of all, today’s Jews (and Judaism) have no central governing authority, and no comprehensive, systematic, universal  theology, doctrine, or creed. Most cannot even agree on which portions of sacred scripture they choose to affirm … or deny.

This means that, Chosen People or not … many, many Jews are on the wrong side of things when it comes to routine matters of natural law and the Christian faith in general, and that means they are almost totally at odds with the authentic teachings and principles of Catholicism.

It also means that Jews no longer fit the conventional (and erroneous) stereotype that many Christians have in mind … and they haven’t, for almost 2000 years.

In short, Catholics must be very careful when it comes to routinely supporting those who they perceive to be “the Jews” … and/or Israel … since proper identification of the “Chosen People” is (and always has been) very problematic.

Revelation 2:9  I know thy tribulation and thy poverty: but thou art rich. And thou art blasphemed by them that say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

The key point is that today’s authentic People of God … those “marked for salvation” and presently living under a truly salvific covenant, thanks to Jesus Christ … are Christians. Not the “Chosen People” of Israel.

The most sensitive and practical thing a Christian can do for any non-Christian is to try to clearly make that point, in a respectful, loving, and non-discriminating way.

Unfortunately, many liberal, “Jews don’t need to be evangelized” post-Vatican II Catholic church hierarchs have failed to properly preach and teach this essential truth, to the continuing detriment of Jew and Gentile, alike.

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The practical value of signs and sacraments


It was a bit “stuffy” in church, last Sunday. Actually, it was down right hot!

People were fanning themselves with church bulletins, loosening collars, and squirming around in their seats.

The air vents had those short, little, colored ribbons tied to them … the ones that let you “see” when air is actually flowing … and they were all clearly just laying there. Quite limp. At last, one of the ushers got around to turning on the air conditioning.

Almost immediately, those limp little colored ribbons began to stand out and wiggle … and instantly … everybody in the congregation began to feel cooler … even though it would be many long minutes before the temperature would actually begin to drop.

Such is the practical value of  “signs”.


Catholics understand that a sacrament is an outward sign of a divine reality, originally instituted by Jesus Christ, for the primary purpose of  dispensing grace to all the many and varied, People of God.

The sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is particularly important to Catholics, since it’s through the power of that sacrament that Jesus becomes present for us on the altar at Mass, where he serves (among many other things) as High Priest, Perfect Mediator, Savior, God and King.

When we Catholics see Jesus Christ raised up … truly present … in the most holy sacrament of the altar … we instinctively know that God still loves us, that he’s still willing to hold up his “end” of the New Covenant, and that he’ still willing to forgive our sins … saving us from eternal death and hell.

And while it may be a while before all of that truly comes to pass … all the signs are there to indicate that it will indeed, really happen.

With all this in mind, it’s not surprising that the very next thing we do at Mass is claim God the Father as our own, rejoicing and and luxuriating in the Peace obtained through the perfect, atoning sacrifice of our divine brother … Jesus Christ.

The fact that God is then willing to share with us the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus … his only begotten son … further confirms what we already know and believe.

God loves us … and he uses practical signs (sacraments) to help confirm for us (and in us) his work of grace, and his timeless message of salvation.

All the more reason to stay cool!

On the indefectibility and infallibility of the Catholic Church

In order to preserve the Church in the purity of the faith handed on by the apostles, Christ who is the Truth willed to confer on her a share in his own infallibility…It is this Magisterium’s task to preserve God’s people from deviations and defections and to guarantee them the objective possibility of professing the true faith without error.

Thus, the pastoral duty of the Magisterium is aimed at seeing to it that the People of God abides in the truth that liberates.

To fulfill this service, Christ endowed the Church’s shepherds with the charism of infallibility in matters of faith and morals. The exercise of this charism takes several forms:

The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office, when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful – who confirms his brethren in the faith he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals.

The infallibility promised to the Church is also present in the body of bishops when, together with Peter’s successor, they exercise the supreme Magisterium, above all in an Ecumenical Council. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 889-891)

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My Jewish friends say that Christians have it wrong. Is that true?

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Q: My Jewish friends say that Christians have it wrong. Is that true?

A: No offense to anyone … but Christianity isn’t wrong.

The Jews were always expecting the arrival of a temporal ruler who would restore Israel to glory … glory that would exceed even that of the heady days of King Solomon. They built their most cherished religious traditions around that prophetic event, but things didn’t work out quite the way they expected.

That’s not surprising, considering the obscurity in which most biblical prophecy is couched, the limitations of man’s intellect, and the fact that God chose to provide some the most critical information only at the very “last minute” in a most unusual, unexpected way.

The Jews also failed to understand that such a thing would require a rather lengthy, multistage process:

1) The Messiah would come and give his life to redeem mankind from eternal slavery to Satan, sin, and death, inaugurating the Kingdom of God on earth, something which is indeed invisible, but which (none the less) exists any time and anywhere the Holy Spirit accepts an offer to indwell a human soul.

Supernatural peace and divinely inspired justice is part and parcel of “citizenship” in the Kingdom of God … something which is presently and typically achieved through the holy Sacrament of Christian Baptism, which (among other very good things) also makes one a member of the Church.

2) For an indefinite period of time, known only to God, the Christian (Catholic) Church, empowered by Jesus Christ and his grace, would be tasked with teaching and baptizing all who would accept the authentic Gospel message … the “good news” of salvation in God’s grace, and the fulfillment of the promises God made to Abraham, in the person of Jesus Christ.

3) Having died, risen again, and now seated at the “right hand of power” in Heaven, Jesus the Messiah will indeed one day return, bringing an end to the present system of things, judging the living and the dead, and installing a new, heavenly order, which will achieve all that was ever promised to Israel and more, right here on a newly renovated earth.

The reason the Jews do not understand all this is because God purposely never revealed all the details of his plan to the prophets and the patriarchs of old, since if he had it would likely have become virtually impossible for Jesus, the true Messiah, to successfully accomplish what he was first sent here to achieve.

It was Jesus who personally provided the additional divine revelation that serves as the key to all the Hebrew Scriptures. Reject Jesus Christ (and/or the teachings of his authentic Catholic Church) and you reject the truth, remaining forever in darkness.

The Jews, as a nation, cruelly rejected Jesus in the time of his visitation. None the less, God graciously gave them 40 years to recover from their mistake … during which time many Jews did indeed accept the truth of Christianity, as many continue to do today.

After that period, the Temple, Jerusalem, and the entire worship system that had been built around it, was totally and utterly destroyed.

Meanwhile, the Christian Church had become a truly universal, authentically salvific, world-wide faith … open to all … Jew and Gentile alike, constituting the “new” People of God.

With Jesus Christ at the head, it remains so to this day.

Pope Benedict XVI to Bishops at Lourdes, France – “Your Mission”

On Sunday evening Pope Benedict XVI gathered all of the bishops of France in the Hemicycle of Bernadette Hall and addressed the numerous issues facing the Church in France.

“Man is always in need of liberation from his fears and his sins.

Man must ceaselessly learn or relearn that God is not his enemy, but his infinitely good Creator.

Man needs to know that his life has a meaning, and that he is awaited, at the conclusion of his earthly sojourn, so as to share for ever in Christ’s glory in heaven.

Your mission is to bring the portion of the People of God entrusted to your care to recognize this glorious destiny.”

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