Sunday, July 08, 2007
TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT
According to the Guardian the Jews are upset with Benedict for the Motu Proprio. And what upsets them? That Good Friday prayer that prays for their conversion. Still. As though Catholics praying were the equivalent of Hitler sparking the Holocaust. I think they need to be reminded that Catholics died in concentration camps too. What business is it of the Jews how Catholics pray? Or is it that they are afraid God might grant the request? From the Guardian:
However, the older rite's prayers calling on God to 'lift the veil from the eyes' of the Jews and to end 'the blindness of that people so that they may acknowledge the light of your truth, which is Christ' - used just once a year during the Good Friday service - have sparked outrage.
Yesterday the Anti-Defamation League, the American-based Jewish advocacy group, called the papal decision a 'body blow to Catholic-Jewish relations'.
'We are extremely disappointed and deeply offended that nearly 40 years after the Vatican rightly removed insulting anti-Jewish language from the Good Friday mass, it would now permit Catholics to utter such hurtful and insulting words by praying for Jews to be converted,' said Abraham Foxman, the group's national director, in Rome. 'It is the wrong decision at the wrong time. It appears the Vatican has chosen to satisfy a right-wing faction in the church that rejects change and reconciliation.'
Thanks to a reader for the link.