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Friday, August 19, 2005

The Pope In The Synagogue

This is certainly timely. Pope Benedict XVI visited Roonstrasse Synagogue in Germany, warned of growing anti-Semitism and spoke of the need to build peace:
"Today I, too, wish to reaffirm that I intend to continue on the path toward improved relations and friendship with the Jewish people, following the decisive lead given by John Paul II," said Benedict, who did much of the theological groundwork for John Paul's outreach while serving as a Vatican official in charge of doctrine.

Outreach to Jews and Muslims is one of the themes of Benedict's first foreign trip since his election as pope on April 19 in conjunction with the World Youth Day festival that has drawn over 300,000 young people to Cologne.
and:
"Today, sadly, we are witnessing the rise of new signs of anti-Semitism and various forms of a general hostility toward foreigners," he said.
There has been a lot of incidents on the streets in what used to be eastern Germany between young Germans and Muslims, and attacks on Jews are escalating all over Europe.

I wish it were different, but I think the Catholic church is providing much more effective moral leadership than the UN at the moment. The mainline Protestant churches of the US are fuelling violence and disfunctionality with their stupid calls for disinvesting in Israel or companies that do business with Israel.

I am very glad that Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI.


Comments:
"...I think the Catholic church is providing much more effective moral leadership than the UN at the moment."

Talk about hitting the nail on the head.
 
I have to agree with you and SCA. For the most part they are much better than the UN.

"The mainline Protestant churches of the US are fuelling violence and disfunctionality with their stupid calls for disinvesting in Israel or companies that do business with Israel."

This has been a shocking experience for me. Until a couple of years ago I never would have dreamed that they would target Israel like this.
 
Gindy, it's a shock to me as well. "Targeting" is the correct word.

It defies common sense and moral sense. I'd like to get these twits in a room and slap them silly.
 
I use the word target because that seems to be the only group they are aiming at. Not Iran which oppreses Christians ( I think) or Sudan etc. Just Israel. You have to wonder what they are thinking, because I don't know.
 
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