Wednesday, February 04, 2009

FYI: Judaism and the crucifixion of Christ...

Some have suggested that the "Catholic Church" or the "Vatican" or the "Holy See" has in the past blamed Jews for the crucifixion of Christ.

Interestingly, the evidence is contrary. Between the years 1566 until 1992 the Catholic Church had just one "official" catechism (book explaining beliefs). This book, the Roman Catechism, had this to say on the subject:

"This guilt seems more enormous in us than in the Jews, since according to the testimony of the same Apostle: If they had known it, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Cor. 2:8); while we, on the contrary, professing to know Him, yet denying Him by our actions, seem in some sort to lay violent hands on Him."

-Catechism of the Council of Trent
Reasons Why Christ Suffered under "Suffered Under Pontius Pilate"

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sorry to say this, but it's true.

All the uproar about the comments of Bishop Williamson and the abuse Jews have in recent weeks heaped on the Pope and the Church is not making Catholic like Jews, but rather the opposite.

Even Catholics who have never thought about Jews a day in their life, have been making disparaging remarks about Jews, because of their hysterics, and the abuse thrown at the Pope.

Williamson was an imbecile to allow himself to be trapped....and even worse so for even commenting.

A simple "no comment" at the time from him would have been great. But no, he was too stupid not to see the trap.
His comments are not sane.

But then again, neither is the reaction of the Jews.

ben whitworth said...

Thanks for pointing this out. It's also worth noting that in the Easter sequence 'Victimae Paschali', the 1570 Missale Romanum DROPPED the original verse that referred to 'the deceitful crowd of Jews', even though doing so wrecked the structure of the hymn.

+++ said...

We should bring more of this evidence to the media in support of the Church's non anti-jewish positions- It is especially horrific and non nonsensical that it try to tie the current beloved Pope with an indifference or negative attitude towards the Jews by associating him with Bishop Williamson's views, but also there is an attitude that the Church was only overcoming its anti-semitism in Vatican II. Yet there are many examples of early
Catholic positions and theologians speaking highly of Jews or at least that avoid any hint of anti-semitism in dealing with the Jews. I did not think of the Cathechism of Trent and I am glad that you presented it. In Christ victory.

Anonymous said...

Amen. We are His own as well. "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not." (Jn 1.11)