Chief Rabbi: Vatican must examine its conscience

A sharp call from head of the first Orthodox center to engage in religious dialogue with Rome: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, reacting to the uproar over Pope Benedict’s reinstatement of four right-wing schismatic bishops, one of whom is a Holocaust-denier, took the battle to the pope’s own turf–Catholic sacramentality:

“…The Pope has muddied the waters of truth and compromised his own religion, specifically the Gospel of John 8:32, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat in Israel, said in a statement released today.

Riskin recently founded Ohr Torah Stone: Center for Jewish Christian Understanding & Cooperation, described as “the first Orthodox Jewish center to religiously dialogue with Christians,” something Orthodox Judaism has always forbidden. Some welcome he gets–and it’s not just Bishop Williamson, the outright Holocaust denier, but the strain (and stain) of anti-Semitism running through the movement.
As Riskin says, “this was more than a near fatal blow to the advancement of Jewish-Catholic relations; it’s staining the essence of sacrament within the church.” Powerful words, sure to elicit response. The rabbi continues, listing just a few of the other problematic actions the pontiff has taken:

“With the re-introduction of the Latin Mass last year calling for the conversion of Jews, senior Vatican official Cardinal Renato Martino of the Peace & Justice Commission sharply criticizing Israel’s actions and likening the Gaza Strip to a concentration camp, and now the Pope admitting a Holocaust denier into the hierarchy of the Catholic Church should concern Jews worldwide.”


The pope plans to visit Israel and the Holocaust memorial there, in May–or he did until this latest flare-up:

“…How will he walk into Yad Vashem and plant a wreath for the six million, when he just reinstated a bishop who denies that very historical fact within the greater truth of the Shoah? It is time for the Vatican to examine its conscience.”

Comments read comments(1)
post a comment

posted January 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm

From 1/25/2009 Gospel:
Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will drive out demons,
they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands,
and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Jesus said “These signs will accompany those who believe:
I believe there are one billion Christians alive today. I believe we all hear and read the same passages from the bible with some deviations based upon what church we belong to. my question is, with all of these believers, both clergy and laity, why do we still have the sick, why can serpents kill us, why can we die when we ingest bad things, why do we have to study hard to learn new languages and why do people who are said to drive out demons so rare in this world?
The question is, if Jesus empowered all his believers, why can’t we use the powers we are supposed to possess if we truly believe?

report abuse

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to and may be used by in accordance with the agreements.

Previous Posts

More blogs to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting Pontifications. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here are some other blogs you may also enjoy: Faith, Media and Culture Prayer, Plain and Simple Happy Blogging!!!   ...

posted 2:38:01pm Aug. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Moving on, and many, many thanks... recent vacation and related absences also coincided with an offer from to cover religion for them, as editor Melinda Henneberger announces here in her roundup on the site's very successful first 100 days. That ...

posted 8:29:24pm Aug. 02, 2009 | read full post »

Calvin at 500, Calvinism 2.0
If you thought you knew John Calvin--who turned 500 last week--you probably don't know enough. For example, that he was French, born Jean Cauvin. And if he was in fact scandalized by dancing, he was also a lot more complex than that. I explored ...

posted 11:53:35am Jul. 16, 2009 | read full post »

Apologia pro vita sua...Kinda
 In my defense, I've had computer outages and family reunions and a few days of single-parenthood, which is always a bracing reminder of what many parents go through all the time. And this weekend it's off for a week's vacation. Anyway, ...

posted 10:51:36am Jul. 16, 2009 | read full post »

When Benny met Barry: "I'll pray for you!"
The first word via Vatican Radio and first image (that I saw) via Rocco: Speaking to Vatican Radio, Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi said "moral values in international politics, immigration and the Catholic Church's ...

posted 12:54:28pm Jul. 10, 2009 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.