Thursday, August 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday — 18 January 2005

(from left to right) Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz, Rabbi Benjamin Blech
and Rabbi Jack Bemporad give John Paul II a rabbinical blessing.

John Paul II received in a private audience 160 Jewish leaders, rabbis, cantors and their relatives.  It was unprecedented in that never before had so many rabbis set foot in the Vatican at once and they were there to meet John Paul II!  It was requested by the Pave The Way Foundation located in New York, United States of America.  John Paul II’s Talmudic Jewish friend, Gary Krupp, proposed the meeting as a way to show thanks to John Paul II for combating anti-semitism.  The Pave The Way Foundation prides itself on working behind the scenes and achieving concrete results in the furtherance of their mission.  One of their previous victories in 2002 was getting papal permission for Talmudic scholars and rabbis to have access to the Vatican Library where they can view and study the original works of Maimonides (aka the RaMBaM).  This mission was aptly named the “Maimonides Project”.  Another success was receiving permission for a loan of manuscripts of Maimonides and others, from the Vatican Library, to the Israel Museum, for its fortieth anniversary exhibit during the upcoming summer of 2005.  Among the items were:

  • a magnificently illustrated 15th-century manuscript of the Mishneh Torah, the text which was written in the 12th century by the Rambam (Maimonides),
  • a copy of the Arba’ah Turim, Rabbi Jacob ben Asher’s renowned medieval text of Jewish law, 
  • a complete Hebrew Bible codex and a book of Psalms, both produced in Rome in the 13th century and greatly prized by Jewish scholars since that time.

At the audience, three rabbis blessed John Paul II as well as a group of cantors who sang a special blessing, the Shehecheyahu.  John Paul II addressed them with these words,
“May this be an occasion for renewed commitment to increased understanding and cooperation in the service of building a world ever more firmly based on respect for the divine image in every human being.  Upon all of you, I invoke the abundant blessings of the Almighty and, in particular, the gift of peace.  Shalom aleichem.”

Gary Krupp’s speech

John Paul II’s remarks

three rabbis bless John Paul II in the Vatican

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Benedict XVI further clarifies why he resigned...

It was jet-lag!

A new one for the history books!

Today, the Italian daily newspaper, la Repubblica, published an interview of Benedict XVI conducted by Elio Guerriero — “Troppo stanco, così ho lasciato il ministero petrino”.  This interview is an excerpt from the soon to be published book, Servitore di Dio e dell'umanità, La biografia di Benedetto XVI (Servant of God and humanity, The Biography of Benedict XVI).  In this interview the question of Benedict XVI’s resignation comes up and the particulars surrounding his decision. In his own words Fr. Benedict says,

“In particular, the date for World Youth Day had already been set, which was to take place in the summer of 2013 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Now, in this regard, I had two very specific beliefs. After the experience of the trip to Mexico and Cuba, I no longer felt I would be able to take such a demanding journey. In addition to this, the setup of World Youth Day given by John Paul II made the physical presence of the Pope essential. We did not consider using a television feed or using some other technological means. This also was another issue that made the resignation a duty for me.  Finally, I had certain trust that even without my presence the year of faith would still go well.  Faith, in fact, is a grace, a generous gift of God to believers.  I had, therefore, the firm belief that my successor, as well as and then happened, he would equally bring it to fruition as the Lord desired, the initiative started (launched) by me. ”

Later in the interview’s follow-up question, Emeritus Benedict expands on the answer as if it wasn’t already comprehensible, 

“Above all [after the Mexico/Cuba trip] I realized was no longer able to face a future in transoceanic flights because of the problem of jet-lag.  Of course I also discussed this issue with my personal doctor, Prof. Patrizio Polisca, MD.  Thus it became clear that I wouldn't be able to attend World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 2013, because I would not be able to endure the jet-lag.  From then on I had to decide in a relatively short period of time on the date of my resignation.

Well ladies and gentlemen, we have yet another first from Joseph Ratzinger!  He resigned from his papal office because he couldn’t “endure the jet-lag.”  What happened to picking up your cross and offering it up for Our Lord?  Or better yet, why not cancel the trip?  (And all future World Youth Days!)  From his conduct one would think Benedict XVI was answerable to someone other than God.

So, the spectacle of World Youth Day must go on.

It’s not like Joseph Ratzinger has ever followed Catholic tradition in anything he did.  In fact, he has a history of bizarre statements and actions.

Fr. Karl Rahner and Fr. Joseph Ratzinger at the Second Vatican Council
exhibiting the strange behavior of dressing like laymen in coat and ties.

The papal revolution must go on!

More on Benedict’s resignation:

Coming soon to Italian bookstores.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Who would have ever guessed ‘humble’ Francis used to be ‘power hungry’ Jorge?

“Es un hombre enfermo de poder.”
 Msgr. Adriano Bernardini, the then nuncio to Argentina
speaking about Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

“He's a man that’s sick with power.”
 Msgr. Adriano Bernardini, the then nuncio to Argentina
speaking about Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Francis with Msgr. Adriano Bernardini, the current nuncio in Italy & the Republic of San Marino.

Massa: La biografía no autorizada by Diego Genoud

“For the discourse of officialdom, Bergoglio was the extreme right. Without taking away the merits of the Cardinal nor subtracting responsibility for his role during the dictatorship - with the ecclesiastical condition that guaranteed the extermination with his sermons on a way of being Western and Christian - the extreme right finished entering the Casa Rosada* with the hand of O'Reilly. When Massa came to the Cabinet, the Nuncio Adriano Bernardini, the delegate of Ratzinger in our land, already had a silver bridge of communication with the core of political power in Argentina. Between 2005 and 2012, Bernardini warned the staff of Cristina with a definition of Bergoglio that arose at the same time, of bad intention and political analysis: "He's a man sick with power."”

*literally the Pink House, the executive mansion of the President of Argentina

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saint John XXIII enabled Talmudic Judaism and Catholics to be partners in Tikkun Olam

Translation from the original German:

"It started with John XXIII, who changed the 2000-year-old Catholic doctrine, and made it possible for Catholics and Jews to be able to work together as partners in a process that we call “Tikkun ha-Olam” in the Jewish language: ‘To repair the world according to the view [image, picture, design] that God keeps prepared for all his children.’ It continued with John Paul II, who understood the depths of inhumaneneness and who recognized the horror of the past and the desire [need] for something to change — not just theologically, but also in general, in people’s attitude. He was an inspiration for me."
- Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum -
source: Radio Vaticana, „Sie erinnern mich an Noah“ - Jüdische Delegation feiert mit

Friday, August 19, 2016

The New Evangelization in Indiana

Fr. Claude Burns (aka Fr. Pontifex) warbling his song ‘Ocean’
while sitting in a rowboat in a river & walking along the bank

Claude Thomas Burns is a star of the Novus Ordo and has made several music videos such as the one above as well as spoken word videos.  It’s rumored that if one is in Evansville, Indiana and attends Theology On Tap at the local bar one can rub shoulders with him and soak up his wisdom.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ken Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, explains that Mother Teresa embodied what Francis teaches

So is Ken saying that Francis’ teachings are fraudulent too?

Stay tuned to Call Me Jorge... for an upcoming post on who Mother Teresa was and what she stood for.  Hint, it isn’t the saintly little woman caricature that the mainstream medias and Vatican propaganda machines have churned out.