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Friday, October 21, 2011

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Arthur Ramsey

you are right, the jewish political/religious leadership of the time supported the execution of our Lord. This was, of course, necessary for our salvation, as without His death there would be no resurection miracle. No doubt the Jewish leadership was afraid of a messiah led uprising that would lead to Rome crushing the Jewish people, among other things. Lest we forget, the Romans were fond of crucifying thousands of Jews, with or without the support of their leadership.

One must be careful, however, not to justify anti-Jewish behaviour by Catholics, by using this fact: the crucifiction by the Romans of a Jew called Jesus, supported by Jewish leadership of the time. Anti Jewish actions like the holocaust in WWII, was led by someone who was baptized Catholic and to the best of my knowledge, never renounced his Catholicism, and who over saw the systematic imprisonment and execution of millions of Jews, among others. To repeatedly bring up this jewish deicide does nothing but antagonize others, inflame passions unnecessarily and does not, in the words of today's gospel, do much for loving one's neighbor.

Rosie Davis

I only know what I hear.....
BUT/AND;
As I understand it, amongst the different Jewish groups there are many opposing views & beliefs, even that, Nazi Jews took part in the killing of Jews in Hitlers Germany.
The tolerance amongst some of these differing Jewish groups is none existent.
TO THE DEGREE THAT EVEN VICIOUS & HATEFUL, PHYSICAL FIGHTS BREAKOUT,TO SAY THE LEAST.
I think that there is a lot of work to be done amongst the Jewish faith...yes?
And we Catholics might be just a storm in a tea cup compared with some of the unrest amongst the Jews themselves?

Michael A

"The Jews are the efficient cause of Christ's death..."

Really? A Jewish person living in Galilee shares equal responsibility for the events of that day with the members of the Sanhedrin? And how can the entire nation of people, spread out over the Levant and the Mediterranean, be described as having acted as an efficient cause? People who never heard of the man, were not in Jerusalem that day, are "perfidious" because of the actions of a few?

I am Catholic. My great-great-grandparents were Jews. Christians killed them in a pogrom in Prague in the late 1800s. My great-grandfather was left an orphan as a boy. This "perfidious Jews" mindset has led to nothing but sin and suffering.

Sixupman

Read the current issue of Christian Order for a fair and reasoned assessment of the position.

Torkay

You apparently would rather earn the human respect of Jews (and other religions) rather than be faithful to the teachings of the Church, which instruct us to convert Jews, and followers of other religions, to the one true religion. This article is really pitiful, and you should be ashamed to be mouthing such leftist rants - esp. when you are so disoriented as to think that this kind of language is actually defending the Church.

Mac

"The Jews who both killed the Lord Jesus, and the prophets, and have persecuted us, and please not God, and are enemies to all men. ... To fill up their sins always: for the wrath of God is come upon them to the end." St. Paul, I Thessalonians 2

"Woe to you who build the monuments of the prophets: and your fathers killed them. Truly you bear witness that you consent to the doings of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and you build their sepulchres. For this cause also the wisdom of God said: I will send to them prophets and apostles; and some of them they will kill and persecute. 'That the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation.'" Jesus Christ, Luke 11:47-50

The Jews of today adhere to the same Talmudic religion of their fathers. The Talmud takes credit for the execution of Jesus and this has been affirmed through the centuries by many rabbis that have converted to the Catholic faith.

Just as Catholic principles are responsible for the Inquisition and the Crusades and therefore Catholics of today are called upon today to answer for the manner in which Catholic principles were applied in the past, so to with the Jews.

The Talmud looks for a Messiah that will bring about Jewish world rule. It permits Jews to lie and defraud non-Jews who are regarded no better than animals in human form. This religion is radically opposed to the old covenant religion of Abraham and Moses.

St. Raymond of Pennefort, St. Vincent Ferrer, and St. John Capistran are regarded by Jews as great anti-semites because they brought about the conversion countless Jews to the Catholic faith. If being an "anti-semite" means to seek the salvation of the Jews it is a title that we should all covet.

Rosie Davis

According to The Holy Bible it is end of days.
We, on this planet at this time are privileged to be here to be a witness.
They say Jesus Christ will come back:- The Second Coming.
The whole world will stand still......

nina cruz

Thanks for putting this together - this is a great article for those of us with our heads buried in the keyboard all day.

Joe

Arthur, Hitler did renounce his Catholicism, well before his assent to power.

Arthur Ramsey

Thanks, Joe. I am glad to hear that.

To the larger point of anti-semtitism: To use and interpret sacred scripture to justify treating Jews or anyone else for that matter, as less than human or in any way without love, is sinful and shameful and unworthy.

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