... To [Pope John Paul II's Judaic conductor, Gilbert] Levine’s surprise, and to the surprise of his Jewish friends, the pope never suggested that the conductor, “a proud Jew,” consider Catholicism. Not a word about conversion. John Paul II respected Levine’s growing religious observance, once giving him a bronze menorah as a gift.
“I learned to be a faithful Jew from him because of his profound spirituality,” says Levine, who was often accompanied to his papal meeting by his wife, mother-in-law and two sons.
Levine was invested as Knight Commander of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great in 1994, earning him the title of “Sir” and making him the first American Jew so knighted by the Vatican. In 2005, he received another papal honor, the Silver Star of Saint Gregory, the highest rank of pontifical nobility achieved by a Jew. The star was awarded in Washington by Benedict XVI, but the awarding process had begun under John Paul II ... " ("Concerto For Interfaith Dialogue: Conductor Gilbert Levine reflects on his musical and personal relationship with Pope John Paul II," Steve Lipman, December 7, 2010, The Jewish Week)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
"I learned to be a faithful 'Jew' from Pope John Paul II"
This is a follow-up to In Benedict's Own Words: His Latin Good Friday Prayer and "Papal Ambiguity" has a Clear Trajectory. Recall that Pope Benedict says his theology of "The Jews" is, "in absolute continuity with John Paul II." When John Paul II's conductor, Gilbert Levine says he learned to be a faithful "Jew" from the Pope, he is, of course, referring to faith in Kabbalah/Talmud, Zionism and "Holocaust" sanctification.