Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Had to switch to Haloscan for comments as enetation was just too slow. Unfortunately, that means the previous comments are lost. Sorry about that.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

CAI has an article comparing previous Church teaching with what was taught at Vatican II

Of all the teachings listed, the one on the jews seems to me the most difficult to reconcile. Jacob Michael quotes the V2 teaching as follows:

"True, the Jewish authorities and those who followed their lead pressed for the death of Christ; still, what happened in His passion cannot be charged against all the Jews, without distinction, then alive, nor against the Jews of today. Although the Church is the new people of God, the Jews should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God, as if this followed from the Holy Scriptures." (Nostra Aetate, 4)

He then quotes many saints and Popes teaching the exact opposite. One example should suffice:

"Ungrateful for favors and forgetful of benefits, the Jews return insult for kindness and impious contempt for goodness. They ought to know the yoke of perpetual enslavement because of their guilt. See to it that the perfidious Jews never in the future grow insolent, but that they always suffer publicly the shame of their sin in servile fear." (Pope Gregory IX, Epistle to the Hierarchy in Germany)

There is only one way I can reconcile this and I admit it is a bit of strech. If Vatican II was referring to jews as a race instead of a religion, the teaching could be reconciled to previous teaching. There were and are jews by race who accept that Christ was the messiah and believe in Him. Obviously, jews who come to believe in Christ and his holy church would not be accursed by God. Anyway, that's my attempt. Anybody else have any ideas?