Vatican continues to trip on crossed interfaith wires

The state of Jewish-Catholic relations continues to deteriorate under Pope Benedict XVI. Two incidents on “Good Friday” caused outrage in the international Jewish community and elicited apologies from Rome. Jewish Israel would like to note that any “shock” on the part of Jewish leaders seems a bit contrived at this point. Both scandals are part of a well-established pattern - woven with a flawed and deceptive thread – which appears to be an integral part of any tapestry spun by those engaged in attempts at Jewish-Christian conciliation.

The Jerusalem Post reported that a prayer entitled “Let us Pray for the Conversion of the Jews” was recited in Latin by traditionalist Catholic congregations in Italy, plus 16 sections of the Society of Saint Pius…The word “conversion,” however, was not supposed to have been part of the title of this traditionalist
Good Friday prayer. The official text, personally revised by the pope after Israel’s Chief Rabbinate expressed concerns regarding its content, was circulated in a note by Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, in
February 2008, bearing a new official title – “Oremus et pro Iudaeis,” or “Let us Pray for the Jews.” However, quite unexpectedly, that title has been changed to “Let us Pray for the Conversion of the Jews” … A Vatican spokesmen told The Jerusalem Post that “the printing of this title was an error which will be rectified”; however, considering that the expensive new edition was made available only a month ago, the correction may be long in coming...

YNET reported that, Jewish groups around the world have reacted with shock after Pope Benedict's personal preacher compared attacks on the Church and pope over a sexual abuse scandal to "collective
violence" against Jews…A Vatican spokesman said the comparison "is absolutely not the line of the Vatican and of the Catholic Church".

Haaretz reported that, Pope Benedict XVI's personal preacher apologized Sunday for comparing recent attacks against the pontiff and the Catholic church over a sexual abuse scandal, to the persecution of Jews.

For over a year now Jewish Israel has been following the relentless, but predictable comedy
of errors
which results when two divergent faiths insist on pursuing a relationship built on an impossible quest for commonality and theological compatibility. Jewish Israel feels that dabbling in interfaith ventures is a high risk business, but those who like to play with fire would fair far better if a respect for and acceptance of differences and distances formed the foundations of such endeavors.

MKs expect to be grilled on Vatican
The Knesset’s Christian Allies Caucus will walk into a lion’s den on Wednesday when they hold a press conference in Rome with members of the
Italian parliament amid the scandal surrounding Pope Benedict XVI’s
personal preacher...
There has also been a dispute surrounding a prayer for converting the Jews that was reinstituted by the Vatican...

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