Catholic-Jewish relations move forward, says AJC liaison
Friday, November 23, 2007
By Paula Doyle
... Even before Pope Benedict issued the Motu Proprio, "Summorum Pontificum," expanding usage of the Tridentine Mass, Billig explained, AJC officials were in touch with the Vatican about their concerns with the 1962 missal's Good Friday General Intercessions. They have requested that the Vatican replace the Good Friday prayer with the contemporary Latin version in Paul VI's missal.
"I have faith. I have confidence that it will come about. I know the Vatican works very slowly," said Billig, who, in addition to her AJC work, has been the Rome and Vatican correspondent for "The Jerusalem Post" for over 25 years. She is an accredited member of the Holy See's Press Room corps and is currently working towards a PhD in Social Sciences/Media at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
Born in Vienna, Austria, Billig grew up in New York City where she earned an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College. She moved to Rome in the '60s to teach at the American Overseas School of Rome where she met her Italian husband. Before joining the AJC in 2005, she worked for 18 years representing the Anti-Defamation League in its Rome office ...
Did you know that the ADL has a Rome office? Did you know that ADL Papal Knight, Joseph Lichten, a major player at the Second Vatican Council was given an office in the Vatican?
Did you know that another one of the Vatican's ADL Papal Knights, Rabbi Leon Klenicki in 1998 launched an inquisition against the heresy of "Holocaust denial"?
''The deniers of the Holocaust in Europe now have to deal with the Vatican,'' Rabbi Klenicki said. ( "Ideas & Trends; A Vatican Peace Offering Reopens War Wounds," The New York Times, Gustav Niebuhr, March 29, 1998)