Thursday, December 31, 2009

Benedict's Kabbalistic Two-Step

After Pius move, Pope Benedict practices delicate Jewish dance

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

December 31, 2009

ROME (JTA) -- For at least the third time in his papacy, Pope Benedict's XVI is doing the Jewish dance that takes him one step back, one step forward.

The step back came when Benedict made a move in mid-December to bring Holocaust-era Pope Pius XII a bit closer to sainthood. The step forward will come in mid-January, when Benedict visits Rome's main synagogue -- a trip planned long before Benedict's move on Pius.

The question is what impact the visit will have on ruffled Catholic-Jewish relations.

"It is an important event, a milestone in the dialogue," Rome’s chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, told Vatican Radio about the planned synagogue visit. "We have great expectations for what it can mean in terms of the general climate."

... Analysts said Benedict's move on Pius is part of the pope's effort to shore up conservative forces within the church.

"The pope apparently has chosen to balance his unquestionable commitment to the Catholic Church's good relations with world Judaism with his commitment to recuperating the religious right wing of Catholicism," said Lisa Palmieri Billig, the American Jewish Committee's liaison to the Vatican. "Obviously his path is strewn with warring obstacles."

Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor, an expert in interfaith relations and the vice president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, said, "The great struggle of this moment is shoring up the most traditional elements of his church as he fights the growing secularization and Islamification of the European stage, which is right before his eyes."

Bretton-Granatoor said that the visit to the synagogue in Rome is "far more telling about the state of Catholic-Jewish relations" than the move to elevate Pius ...

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Bernadette said...

Interesting comment from Steve in Vista...I can't seem to forget that picture of the pope in the "Star of David" mitre.

Heinz said...

look at what those darn Judaics have done!!

Anonymous said...

I'll admit, I haven't read all of the articles on this blog, and so my question/comment may stem from my own ignorance. But...wasn't Jesus Jewish? Wasn't his mother Jewish too? Wasn't he born and raised (other than his short time in Egypt) in Israel? Wasn't he taught his religious beliefs by Jewish teachers? His cousin John was Jewish and was his aunt Elizabeth and uncle Zechariah (who was actually even a priest of the temple at the time). His followers were all Jewish (not just Judas). Even Paul was Jewish and admitted to being a Pharisee in the book of Acts. Jesus was not Greek or European. If he were alive today, he would be in a synagogue and probably not a church (though I have no doubt he would spend time in churches, teaching gentiles). He would have celebrated Chanukah (the Christian bible makes reference to him celebrating Chanukah “The Feast of Dedication”, not Christmas). So what gives? What’s with all the hatred toward Jesus and his people? If he were here today, would you all get mad if he wanted to spend time with his people? Would you let him visit his mother? You have no idea (and I realize this shoe won’t fit everyone) how wrong you are.

Think about it, if Jesus was Jewish and will return to rule on the earth (not that I share this belief), that means the Jews will rule the world with him. Or is he going to kick the Jews out of Israel and replace them with Christians? Will he kick his mother out too? How about the friends and relatives he grew up with when he was here?

I am not Jewish. I was born and raised Christian, but changed my views when I noticed contradictions between my faith and the foundation of my faith. Jesus wants us all to be Noahides. Please stop turning him into some anti-Semitic hippie (I think Jesus would find that offensive).

Mike in AZ

Unknown said...

Oh the ironies of life and of history! The phrase "The pot calling the kettle black" is, as I would imagine most, if not all, of the readers of this blog know, an idiom used to accuse a person or thing of being marked with or guilty of the very thing they are pointing out.

Well, guess what! It is widely reported that a certain individual by the name of Martin Luther during that period of history commonly referred to as the Reformation (less commonly, but more correctly, known as the Deformation) just happened to note that "Benediktos" added up to 666 in Greek Gematria, and he thought it might refer to a Pope named Benedict." Hmmm? What say ye? Might this be a case of the pot calling the kettle black?!

James B. Phillips

P.S. See for a quick reference to the meaning of gematria. Disclaimer: Due to the fact that Wikipedia is in the hands of the SOS, this is by no means an endorsement of that entity as such!

Anonymous said...

The modern designation as being
"Jewish" is very misleading . The term has been contructed in a misleading way by those who we know as "Jews" themselves.
What we know of as Jews are actually not the decendants of the middle east or of the bible.
" Jews" could much more accurately be described as Kazars who have adopted the supremacist anti-Christian religion of the Pharisees .
Refer to the book of revelations and to " false Jews "

Also ,
Stating that Christ and the oppostles were "Jews " is even more of a contradiction than to decribe the signers of the American constitution as being British loyalists .