Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Catholics must atone!

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis at his induction and predecessor Lord Sacks






I am not Jewish, but when the Chief Rabbi speaks, I listen.
The former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, had some cogent things to say about, for example, gay marriage: his statement on the subject was the best I read, and left me wishing I had said that myself. He was a consistent and convincing exponent of the value of marriage and family life for the well-being of society, something that everyone, Jew and Gentile, should appreciate. Moreover, Lord Sacks spoke eloquently about the plight of the Christians in the Middle East, a subject on which others have elected to keep silent.
Now his successor, Chief Rabbi Mirvis, has spoken about the rise of anti-Semitism, and this too commands our attention.  His reasoned and reasonable approach to the question makes points that no one can seriously disagree with; but herein lies the problem. Anti-Semitism has never been a reasoned creed; it is in fact a psychosis, which contradicts and rejects all reasoned approaches. The anti-Semite is never interested in evidence, but only interested in wild and unfounded conspiracy theories.
One interesting (if that is the word) sign of this is how anti-Semitism is often to be found in countries were there are few Jews, and among people who have never known a Jew. I myself was once handed anti-Semitic literature outside a mosque in Turkey, which has a small Jewish population of roughly 17,000 . We have recently been told that the world’s most anti-Semitic country is Greece, which has an estimated Jewish population of 4,500, and which, sadly, was the locus of one of the worst episodes in the Holocaust, the wholesale extermination of the Jewish population of Thessalonica.
Why should this interest readers of The Catholic Herald?
First of all, when Chief Rabbi Mirvis speaks of the Jews as canaries down the mineshaft, he is correct. If we sit back and let the anti-Semites set the agenda then we legitimise the worst type of national discourse, and we legitimise, tacitly, the demonisation of other minorities, such as ourselves. It is worth remembering the famous poem by Pastor Niemoller, because it is as relevant now as when it was first written:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
We Catholics often complain about the way we are misrepresented, and others complain that we complain. But we can hardly claim misrepresentation for ourselves and ignore the way the Jews are being treated by certain elements. If we are against lies, then we have to be against the lies told about everyone. We cannot be selective. We have to stand up for truth. Truth is not bound by space and time.
Given that Catholics have suffered persecution in Britain, this should make us particularly sympathetic to other religious groups who might be suffering in the same way.
There is another reason too. Historically, there have been Catholic anti-Semites. We need to repent for this, and we have done so, not least through the words of St John Paul II.  We must be clear that this is one Catholic tradition that we do not hold to, and we need to remember that the Church evaluates traditions critically: only good traditions are normative. Moreover, even today, there are Catholic anti-Semites, and we need to tell these fellow Catholics of ours that their anti-Semitism is not rational, but rather deeply sinful. Hatred is never good.
Who are the Catholic anti-Semites? Here we must tread with caution. Some of them are people who, for whatever reason, are tempted to give way to irrational explanations for the way the world is, as a way of holding reality at bay. These will often be the same people who have ideas about the Freemasons, the Bilderburg group, the CIA, and so on. They do not have hostility to Jews as such (they don’t know any) but they have a hostility to the world, and seek some grand unifying theory to explain their sense of alienation from the world. They are not bad people as such (though their views are bad and can do great damage) but they are deluded and do need help.
Moreover, there are some splinter groups, some of which are in a dubious canonical position, which seem to be wedded to anti-Semitism. The Church needs to treat these splinter groups with the very greatest of caution. It is always difficult to name names, because to accuse someone of anti-Semitism is a serious matter, but the actor Mel Gibson has been recorded as making anti-Semitic statements, and is often identified as a Catholic, though his canonical status looks questionable to me, to say the least. Mr Gibson, who has distanced himself from his remarks, strikes me as an exponent of a tendency on the fringes of Catholicism that must be strongly discouraged. Again, we can ask legitimately why the Society of St Pius X provided a funeral for the notorious war criminal Erich Priebke?
All this raises the question what the institutional Church can do about people who call themselves Catholic but over whom the bishops have no authority. I suppose the only answer is that we must make clear our abhorrence of anti-Semitism in all its forms and anything that seems to smell of anti-Semitism. We must drown out lies with the water of truth. And we must be extremely careful in our own utterances, to make sure that we do not give way to this irrational psychosis.

12 comments:

  1. And what about Judaic Christophobia - is this not worse? the Talmudic Jews even have hate literature to demonstrate this.

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  2. This charade manifests the blatant hypocrisy of the post-conciliar church - the so-called church of love is a hotbed of abuse in many forms and outright hatred towards traditionalists. Their humbug haunts them.

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  3. What statement by Lord Sacks is Lucie referring to" "had some cogent things to say about, for example, gay marriage: his statement on the subject was the best I read, and left me wishing I had said that myself."

    According to this article: "In June last year Lord Sacks issued his only official statement on the issue, a formal submission to the Government’s consultation, from the London Beth Din - the Chief Rabbi’s court - which reiterated traditional orthodox teaching that homosexuality is against Jewish law.
    "It is a far cry from the rhetoric of other religious leaders, particularly Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the now disgraced former head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, who was accused of “whipping up prejudice” with his claim that the proposals were “madness” and a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”.
    "Asked about the language used by same-sex marriage’s opponents, Lord Sacks does not refer to Cardinal O’Brien or any other leader by name, but issues a pointed rebuke. Nobody can get “nuance out of a sound bite in a deeply polarised and impassioned and divisive debate”, he says."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10264449/I-understand-gay-peoples-fears-says-Chief-Rabbi-Lord-Sacks.html

    Well, 'anti-semitism' is against Catholic law. So let's just reiterate the principal and leave it at that lest we offend Catholic anti-Semites. We need to strive to understand anti-Semitism especially when practiced by our brother Catholics -- we would never want to forbid them the sacraments even if they were beheading Jews in their synagogues or burying them alive! The answer is dialogue - ask the Maryknolls or Pope Francis. Isn't 'atonement' a pre-VCII word? ALL are saved by grace and faith in Jesus--even Talmudic Jews who refer to Him as a bastard! Fr. Lucie better watch himself or he will be sent to a VCII reeducation camp and then to Africa! Surely what is needed is a Synod on Religious Prejudice. We need to survey these bigots (the more murderous they are the more they need to be heard!), then after a soccer match and a line dance or two, we must invite the most disordered of them to a synod to find a pastoral means to accommodate them and give them a way to express themselves and live their beliefs openly while insisting that we have changed nothing. Atonement indeed. What is Fr. Lucie smoking?

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  4. Surely Fr. Lucie-Smith means to say that Catholics must BOAST about their anti-Semitism following the example of the great St. Paul, who BOASTED about murdering St. Stephen! He must have missed Fr, Francis' latest teaching. I wonder if he will issue a correction.

    http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/fetzen-fliegen/item/997-pope-francis-saint-paul-boasted-of-his-sins

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  5. As Palestinians are semites ,i guess a lot of Jewish people not only suffer from anti semitism ,but practice it as well .

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    1. yes Mazara, well said! They are truer "Semites" which literally means children of Sem, than the Ashkenazi Jews who mostly are "Those who say they are Jews but are not but do lie" as the Apocalypse calls them.

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    2. This guy masquerading as a novus ordo "Priest" apparently holds the Chief Rabbi as his alternative "pope" or perhaps he is the new high Priest of the reconvoked Sanhedrin? Anyone dumb enough still in the novus ordo to actually think the novus ordo cares about Jesus Christ when they listen to and obey the Christ hating Jews really needs to wake up and smell the sulfur here.

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  6. The great Zio-church in action!

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  7. "Who are the Catholic anti-Semites? Here we must tread with caution. Some of them are people who, for whatever reason, are tempted to give way to irrational explanations for the way the world is, as a way of holding reality at bay. These will often be the same people who have ideas about the Freemasons, the Bilderburg group, the CIA, and so on. They do not have hostility to Jews as such (they don’t know any) but they have a hostility to the world, and seek some grand unifying theory to explain their sense of alienation from the world. They are not bad people as such (though their views are bad and can do great damage) but they are deluded and do need help."

    Interpretation: YOU are NUTS if you believe that the Zionists want a One World Government and a One World religion under Their Messiah who will be the Antichrist as Christ our Lord told them - One who comes in his own name that they would accept. Really, the way these novus ordo clergy talk about hate when they hate the Church and everything that went before Vatican II is the epitome of hypocrisy.

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  8. Maybe one of these days one of our Priests, Prelates, or Popes will DEFINE antisemitism.

    Doubt it though; it is too useful a label to silence opposition to Jewish naturalism and Jewish racial supremacism.

    What, you did not know that Jews are similar to Nazi's in that they, like the Nazi's, think their race is a race superior to all others?

    Joe Sobran was right in his observation that antisemitism used to mean hatred of Jews whereas it has now a label used to blacken the reputation of those whom Jews hate.

    Very few of those who hate Jews qua Jews are Catholics and the idea that soi disant trads hate Jews is a bald face lie.

    Every early Catholic was a Jew; our first Pope was Jewish (as likely were 4-5 others) etc etc etc.

    Anytime you hear or read about an ordained minister in the church speaking or writing about antisemitism DEMAND that he define what it is he is speaking or writing about.

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  9. The two rabbinic gentlemen can smile to their hearts' content. The Jews control the world and all it's religions. Matter closed.

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  10. Bishop Bernie of the SPX has to approve of ecumenical Zionism from now on.He is an imposter and a fraud!!

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