Friday, May 15, 2015

KIKO'S TROPHIES

AN UNEXPECTED TRIP TO ISRAEL: CATHOLIC-JEWISH DIALOGUE



By Rabbi Jonathan Kligler | May 8, 2015

"Kiko not only had a big personality, he had a huge ego. He talked about himself at great length to us, his captive audience. My first impression – one that never abated much – was that all of the rabbis were there, at least in part, as Kiko’s trophies to be displayed to the Vatican hierarchy that was there, as if to show how important the Neocatechumenal Way had become."

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Some notes to consider after you read the article. 

The author is no doubt of a liberal bent - as you will surmise - and he loses it a bit when he ventures into the pre-Vatican II stereotypical caricature of the the church's supposed teaching that the Jews were "Christ-killers". There is no such official teaching by the church, pre-Vatican II or otherwise. The Church has always officially taught no more and no less than what is recorded in Scripture. The Vatican II document, Nostra Aetate - noted in this article - while repudiating acts of anti-semitism by some Christians, simply restates what the Church has always officially held.

In fact, the Council of Trent (1563), the Council so viciously maligned by Kiko, lays the blame for Christ's death on all people, but most especially Christians who persist in sin:
"In this guilt are involved all those who fall frequently into sin; for, as our sins consigned Christ the Lord to the death of the cross, most certainly those who wallow in sin and iniquity crucify to themselves again the Son of God, as far as in them lies, and make a mockery of Him. 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; 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.  
Furthermore men of all ranks and conditions were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. Gentiles and Jews were the advisers, the authors, the ministers of His Passion: Judas betrayed Him, Peter denied Him, all the rest deserted Him." (Article IV)




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