The Pope made [the following] observation Holy Thursday in his homily during the Mass of the Lord's Supper at the Basilica of St. John Lateran ... "According to John, Jesus died on the cross precisely at the moment in which, in the temple, the Passover lambs were being sacrificed. His death and the sacrifice of the lambs coincided.
"This means that he died on the eve of Passover ... "
("Pope Notes Hypothesis on Date of Passover," Zenit, April 6, 2008)
Let there be no doubt that Benedict is entirely conscious of the symbolic significance of his visit to a NY synagogue on Passover eve this Friday, April 18, 2008. Having publicly drawn attention to the fact that Christ was crucified on Passover eve only a month ago, it's as if Benedict wants the world to also be conscious of it.
Not surprisingly, we see denial-based speculation among traditionalists that the Passover eve synagogue visit may have only been a rumor or was canceled due to its absence from the official itinerary for the papal visit. These people have missed the fact that the visit is a "personal and informal visit, which is not part of [the Pope's] official program" according to Monsignor David Malloy, general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It was never on the official itinerary. Neither is his private meeting with the rabbis and Judaic power-brokers on the day before the synagogue visit, Thursday April 17th, which is the actual anniversary of the night Jesus was betrayed by Judas to the Pharisees.
On the following day Benedict will visit a synagogue of Orthodox Judaism, the religion which holds that Jesus was a sorcerer rightly executed on Passover eve for criticizing the Pharisees and leading Israel astray--on the anniversary of the day which their Talmud claims that this claimed righteous execution took place, and the day on which the Gospel records that the most terrible crime in history--the crucifixion of God-incarnate--took place.
And despite this and countless other such acts of treachery, there are still hysterical demands for further "teshuva" and "tikkun" from the modern-day spiritual heirs of the Pharisees whom Benedict calls our "elder brothers." Witness the fruits of "reconciliation" with "The Jews."
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