And You Thought FoxNEWS Let Lies Hang Out There Too Long

In a sign that the Vatican has finally adopted GTD after a couple thousand years, Pope Benedict Reiterates That Jews Didn’t Kill Christ.

Pope Benedict XVI is really taking pains to dispel that whole “Jews have the blood of Christ on their hands” thing. On March 10, Benedict will publish a book in which he argues–apparently at length, and with multiple citations of Scripture–that Jews, as a people, bear no blame for the death of Jesus.

The book, Jesus of Nazareth Part II, is a volume of Benedict’s reflections on the life and teachings of Christ. Excerpts have already been made available, according to the Associated Press, and they show that Benedict goes out of his way to emphasize that Christ was killed by a handful of individuals who happened to be Jewish and it’s wrong to hold Jews collectively responsible for Christ’s death.

The pope isn’t breaking new ground here for the Catholic Church. The Nostra Aetate, a document published by the Vatican in 1965, made essentially the same argument. But Benedict lays out what the AP calls “a thorough, Gospel-by-Gospel analysis” in support of his point, one that “leaves little doubt that he deeply and personally believes it to be the case.”

I wonder if he will be taking a position on Crusades soon as well?

4 Responses to “And You Thought FoxNEWS Let Lies Hang Out There Too Long”

  1. karen k says:

    you mean the protector of centuries of child rapists and abusers is willing to forgive the jews? isn’t that nice.

    this man is no moral authority.

  2. MosesZD says:

    And he still fails. It goes from ‘all Jews’ to ‘a few Jews…’ While forgetting it was, in fact, the Romans who were merciless is destroying any perceived threat to the Empire…

    Tacitus, writing around the year 100 AD, reports that during the reign of Nero (54-68 AD) Christians in Rome were viewed as dangerous enough to be persecuted. Further, Romans knew about the strange “superstitions” of Christians and of their devotion to a man who had “suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus” (Annals, 15:44).

    Further, while the Jews did keep their own court, they did not have the power to condemn a man to death. That rested solely in the hands of the procurator (Roman Governor).

    And there’s a lot more to it. To write about what really happened, and why, would take a book. A book that cared about what happened and why. Not another apologetic screed where some Catholic authority does a half-assed non-apology.

    Which is exactly what I suspect we’re getting where the Pope goes half-way instead of clearing up the lies Christians informally preached since the Gospel of John was written sixty years after-the-fact and formally preached since 200AD. Bottom-line I’m sure it’ll be another weak case that protects the Church’s out-right bigotry and persecution of the Jews for religious and political power.

  3. Alex Milstein says:

    Growing up in the 50s and 60s, in a small town where my family was among the first group of Jews to move in, I often wondered why some kids called me a ‘Christ killer.’

    Nice to know I have finally been absolved.

    On the other hand, one of my best friends, David Kertzer – now an esteemed professor at Brown – came out with a book in 2001 called ‘The Popes Against the Jews.’

    David, whose dad had been our local rabbi, was invited by the Vatican to spend a year in their library, looking at all their files, and write a ‘no holds barred’ book about Catholic treatment of Jews over the centuries.

    It was not a flattering book, and the Vatican was fine with that.

  4. James M. Martin says:

    The Vatican does this each new Poop. You’d think they had something to feel guilty about. My parents always told us that if you apologize too many times people will begin to see you are insincere. Some might even think you’re crying crocodile tears.

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