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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Middle East Synod


"...Jews might well ignore the sepulchral voice of a dying ethnic church, except for one fact: The Melkite cleric in question, Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros, headed the commission that drafted the Synod's final statement. Speaking personally and not for the Synod he said, "The theme of the promised land cannot be used as a basis to justify the return of the Jews to Israel and the expatriation of the Palestinians. . . . For Christians one can no longer talk of the land promised to the Jewish people," because the "promise" was "abolished by the presence of Christ . . . there is no longer a favored people, a chosen people; all men and women of every country have become the chosen people."..." [From First Things]

When I heard this on the news I was disgusted but not surprised. When I saw the composition of the members of the Synod I saw a number of names of those that I have good reason to suspect are anti-Israeli. These statements were made on a personal level by Bustros and the Vatican spokesmen have since distanced themselves from his comments. The actual document of the synod is much more moderate but unfortunately these anti-Israeli elements get statements put in the documents which seem ok to most but then they interpret them in an anti-Israeli manner. What is shocking about Bustros comments is that such a high-ranking Bishop of the Church should be teaching and believing contrary to the teachings of Vatican II and the magisterium of the Church on Jews and Judaism. He harkens back to a now repudiated theology on the Jews based on anti-semitic principles. We thank God for the good Cardinals Burke and Shoenborn who have a much more Catholic understanding of the role of Jews and Judaism. Both men are great friends of the Hebrew Catholics in the Church. It was pleasing to note that Hebrew was one of the languages used in this Synod and that Rabbi David Rosen spoke to the Synod as well as Father David Neuhaus an Israeli Hebrew Catholic (born a South African Jew) who is the Vicar of the Hebrew speaking Catholic communities in Israel.

For a better view of the modern Catholic thinking on the role of Judaism see my Hebrew Catholic Vocation article

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