POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Pope exonerates Jews for Jesus’ death in new book … perhaps he will also retract his previous arrogant statement that the Church awaits anxiously the coming of all Jews to Christ

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 2, 2011

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press, writes (3/2/11) …

  • Pope Benedict XVI has made a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ in a new book, tackling one of the most controversial issues in Christianity.
  • In “Jesus of Nazareth” excerpts released Wednesday, Benedict uses a biblical and theological analysis to explain why it is not true that the Jewish people as a whole were responsible for Jesus’ death.
  • Interpretations to the contrary have been used for centuries to justify the persecution of Jews.
  • While the Vatican has for five decades taught that Jews weren’t collectively responsible, Jewish scholars said Wednesday the argument laid out by the German-born pontiff, who has had his share of mishaps with Jews, was significant and would help fight anti-Semitism today.
  • the Vatican issued its most authoritative document on the issue in 1965, “Nostra Aetate,” which revolutionized the Catholic Church’s relations with Jews by saying Christ’s death could not be attributed to Jews as a whole at the time or today.

read entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110302/ap_on_re_eu/eu_vatican_jews

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LMW COMMENT …

This Pope has not always spoken so generously about the Jews. See this prior post …

* the Catholic Church and the Jews … is Ratzinger leading the way back to pre-Vatican II doctrine which blamed all Jews in all times (including the present) for the murder of Christ and called for the conversion of all Jews to the Catholic religion? … there is evidence to suggest exactly that

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