Sunday, October 26, 2008

Benedict to Have Cordial Meeting With Slanderer of Christianity

This hater of Christendom teaches religion at Mount Saint Mary College in NY.

Prior to Vatican II (the Second Vatican Council), the Catholic Church was actually teaching anti-semitic ideas that laid the groundwork for the Holocaust," [Rabbi] Polish said.

Rabbi will join Vatican sojourn

By Greg Marano • Poughkeepsie Journal • October 26, 2008

LAGRANGEVILLE - In his lifetime, Rabbi Daniel Polish has seen the Jewish and Catholic faiths heal some old rifts.

This week, he'll be in Vatican City helping continue that work.

Polish, 66, rabbi at Congregation Shir Chadash in the Town of LaGrange, will be among a small group of rabbis meeting with Pope Benedict XVI to discuss relations between the two religions.

"This is, I think, a very sensitive moment in Catholic-Jewish relations," Polish said. "There is this tension that we need to talk with one another about."

Polish will be traveling on the pope's invitation as a member of the Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations.

He said he looks forward to talking to the pope about issues such as the beatification of Pope Pius XII, who served during World War II and who critics say could have done more to fight the Holocaust.

He also wants to discuss the pope's 2007 reinstitution of the Latin Good Friday liturgy that includes a prayer for Jewish conversion, which has not been given since the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s.

"Here's a prayer that is understood to be for the conversion of the Jews, that had been removed from the Mass," Polish said. "He's reincluded this prayer, which is offensive to the religious sensibilities of the Jews" ...


"Prior to Vatican II (the Second Vatican Council), the Catholic Church was actually teaching anti-semitic ideas that laid the groundwork for the Holocaust," Polish said. "Now the church has repudiated those ideas. That's a profound change; that's a very dramatic change."

"The religious relations between the Jewish community and the Catholic community since Vatican II have been very cordial."

He is scheduled to leave on Tuesday and return on Friday, and said he hopes this mission will further heal the remaining rifts between the two faiths.

One issue he does not hope to discuss is relations between Vatican City and Israel; that's a diplomatic issue, he said, and he wants to focus on the religious ones.

Polish teaches Hebrew scriptures and world religion at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, and says this fact alone is evidence of how far relations between the Catholic and Jewish religions have come.

"Until Vatican II, you would never have a rabbi teaching at a Catholic institution," he said. "You certainly wouldn't have him teaching a religious subject."

Full Article:

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20081026/NEWS01/810260341

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just about every mainsteam Catholic college has a token Rabbi on staff in the theology department who teaches at least one 3 credit course on the Holocaust.

You can bet he sits on the board deciding issuance of tenure to faculty in the theology department as well.

You should not be too distrubed about this - the token rabbi probably teaches more sound moral ideas than the Catholic priests and nuns in the theology department.

Maurice Pinay said...

Just about every mainsteam Catholic college has a token Rabbi on staff in the theology department ... You can bet he sits on the board deciding issuance of tenure to faculty in the theology department as well.

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If the rabbi does in fact have such authority, I wouldn't call it a "token" position in the same sense that this term is usually associated with minorities. Rabbis certainly do wield power through their positions at Catholic Universities and other Catholic institutions. It's not a mere token presence.

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You should not be too distrubed about this - the token rabbi probably teaches more sound moral ideas than the Catholic priests and nuns in the theology department.

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I'm quite disturbed that young people are being misled at supposed Catholic schools which supposedly exist for the purpose of educating them.

The priests and nuns may be as bad but they would be failing Christian tradition whereas the rabbi would be upholding rabbinic tradition by misleading the students.

I reject the notion that this or any rabbi teaches sound morality to anyone.

Anonymous said...

I didn't call it a token position to be taken like a token goy or token black man thrust into a television program, which is why I mentioned that the rabbi sits on the tenure board for the theology department. The comment merely underscored that the rabbi is a 'token' but wields inordinate influence.

As I have gone through a large Catholic university - when i say the rabbi teaches sounder morality - that point underscores how bad Catholic theologians actually are in Catholic universities. You can be outraged all you want, the Board of directors, department directors, trustees of the university, etc. - are all sandbags in the way of any reform of these schools.

The talmudic rabbi teaching in the Catholic university is merely the manifestation of the rot currently afflicting most of the church militant.

Maurice Pinay said...

You can be outraged all you want, the Board of directors, department directors, trustees of the university, etc. - are all sandbags in the way of any reform of these schools.

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That problem can be corrected, but not by people who accept it as "the way things are."

Anonymous said...

Bad bishops tend to be the norm in Christian tradition. Which Saint said (and I'm paraphrasing here): "Hell is littered with the skulls of bad bishops." Regardless, "The problem can be corrected," you say, "but not by people who accept it as 'the way things are.'" Well, you've made your point against apathy and entropy, but just what do you suppose should have been done about Judas? Why not look at the presence of the double-mind Thomistically? Evil (which God is most certainly not the author of ) always serves a purpose according to His ends.

Maurice Pinay said...

Bad bishops tend to be the norm in Christian tradition. Which Saint said (and I'm paraphrasing here): "Hell is littered with the skulls of bad bishops."

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Corrupt individuals tend to work their way into positions of authority in all institutions. How much damage they're able to cause is proportionate to how much corruption the people tolerate. At times in the past, corrupt bishops were forced to at least make a pretense of upholding Christian tradition for fear of the people. Not so today, and I submit that this is because the people tolerate corruption more than ever, to the degree that it can be practiced quite openly with little fear.

If I have to choose between corrupt bishops who at least teach the true Catholic faith as a pretense and corrupt bishops who don't even try to appear Catholic, I'd take the former, but I'd still challenge their corruption to prevent them from evolving into the latter.

Eternal vigilance. If we don't practice it we deserve what we get.