Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Francis’ rabbinical chums drop by the Vatican for a visit

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 Rabbi Isaac Sacca and his fellow Talmudists stop by for some one-way dialogue.

I’m excited and very grateful to have been received again by Pope Francis, in a meeting in which we agree that dialogue, understanding and respect between cultures and religions is the way forward to achieve world peace. Focused on this great objective, Pope Francis received the Jewish Hispanic Foundation, whose works are guided by this spirit, headed by its president, David Hatchwell and other prominent members, such as Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, who was Minister of Justice of Spain, Alicia Koplowitch, Nacho Cano and Juan Luis Cebrián. 
Also present was an American delegation, represented by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Rabbi of the Portuguese Hispanic community of New York, David Sable, senior advisor at WPP and former global CEO of Y&R and Mitchell Presser, referred to environmental sustainability, another core principal of Pope Francis. 
During the meeting, the need to awaken man to act for the common good from the religious perspective of each of the creeds was agreed upon (as well as), accepting the differences and ideas of others.

The president of the HispanoJudía Foundation, David Hatchwell giving Francis a facsimile of the Alba Bible.

...the Pope recalled fondly his childhood in Argentina where he had the opportunity to live with children of different religions in especially Jews with whom he shared vital experiences and values ​​that made him grow and become what he is today, a man of peace. David Hatchwell took advantage of his visit to give to the Pontiff a facsimile of the Alba Bible, dating from 1422, which was translated from Hebrew to Spanish by Rabbi Moises Arragel [of Guadalajara], commissioned by the great master of the Order of Calatrava, Don Luis de Guzmán . The goal at the time was to teach the clergy the Jewish heritage of Christianity and the construction of bridges between cultures. That is precisely the objective of the [HispanoJudía] Foundation, which was founded three years ago to build emotional bonds that allow us to rebuild a world of respect, empathy and values ​​where the sanctity of human life is respected.

 The Alba Bible

“Rabbi Arragel took pains to make the Alba Bible a legacy of the Golden era of Sephardic scholarship, boldly avoiding concessions to Christian thinking. He included in his commentary extracts from rabbinical writings and the Quabbalic Zohar, and illustrations specifically depicting Jewish scriptural interpretations and religious objects.”
The Alba Bible, Digital Exhibits, UWM Libraries Special Collections

“The Alba Bible, with its 513 folios and 334 miniatures, is a powerful work of visual art. But still more significant is the vast commentary it contains. Rabbi Moses showed great independence and courage, and his translation and commentary make few concessions to Christian thinking, although he must have been aware of the dangers awaiting both him and the Jewish community. It is rich in extracts not only from rabbinical writings such as the Targumim, Midrashim and Talmud, but also from later works such as the Zohar - the source book of Jewish mysticism. Rabbi Moses may well have given the artists detailed instructions on the illustrations, furnishing them with specifically Jewish interpretations of biblical scenes. The resulting images are also very important as cultural records, since contemporary weapons, musical instruments, furniture and costumes are all depicted...no other extant manuscript contains so many rabbinically inspired miniatures. For instance, Cain kills Abel by biting his neck like a serpent, exactly as is described in the Zohar. Similarly, religious objects from the Temple are depicted just as in Hebrew Bibles of the same period.”
Historical Background, The Alba Bible: A superb example of manuscript illumination - the very first translation of the Hebrew Bible and glosses into Castilian, Facsimile Editions.

“The Alba Bible contains a series of comments on the writing of both Jewish and Christian theologians, including Abraham ibn Ezra, Maimonides, Nahmanides, R. Joseph Kimhi, R. Asher ben Jehiel, Shlomo ben Aderet, R. Ya'acob and Nissim of Gerona. There is also commentary taken from rabbinic literary sources such as the Talmud and the Midrash.”

Alba Bible, Wikipedia, 7 October 2018.

Francis and Jews share the same “values”.

“I was given the opportunity to meet the Pope—not on or in a line, not in a large group, not in a delegation, but in an intimate setting: his private residence at the Vatican.
Along with me were:
Rabbi Isaac Sacca, the Chief Rabbi of the Sephardic Community in Argentina. As such, he is a friend and colleague of Padre Jorge Mario Bergoglio—Bishop, then Cardinal, and now, Pope Francis. They have remained close as Jorge Mario Bergoglio ascended the Papal ladder (eventually becoming the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church), and they maintain their friendship and discussions from Buenos Aries to the Vatican, where Rabbi Sacca is a regular visitor.
My good friend, Mitchell Presser, a Partner at Freshfields, one of the largest and most prestigious multinational law firms. He is a close friend of Rabbi Sacca’s and has accompanied him to the Vatican before. With him, his son DJ, a computer science student at Columbia.
Rabbi Meir Soloveichik is the Chief Minister of Shearith Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States also known as the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue. He is a world-renowned writer and speaker and friend and Rabbi to both Mitchell and myself.
And then there was me. Together, our Fellowship to the Pope was complete. Two Rabbis, a lawyer, his son and an Ad guy.
I have long admired this Pope, and truthfully, meeting him was on my “secret, sure it would never happen, bucket list.” Yet there I was, in a small room in the Pope’s residence, sitting across from one of the most holy, and certainly most humble, people on this earth.
Pope Francis never lost touch with Rabbi Sacca and they continue to e-mail with one another directly—no intermediaries. Extraordinary. And, as you can see, he encourages his friend to bring more friends and expand the circle…how else can you be on top of what is real and not?”

Francis only uses glass as he “has an eco-aversion to plastic.”

In an act of brotherhood, the Pope and the Great Rabbi Isaac Sacca delivered, in Hebrew and in Spanish, the Aaronic prayer [Birkat Kohanim] to all the participants.

If and when  Rabbi Isaac Sacca writes more about this encounter, we will update this post.

More on Francis and the Birkat Kohanim:

More on Rabbi Isaac Sacca & Francis:

Francis smiling with his revolutionary crony.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Francis, “knows nothing — not morals, not theology, not history. Nothing. Only power interests him.”

My principal purpose in visiting Buenos Aires is to learn about its not-so-favorite son, Jorge Bergoglio, who still hasn’t visited Argentina since becoming Pope Francis. During my first few days here, I asked every Catholic I met to explain that anomaly. I got some blunt and brutal answers.

“We all know he is a son of a bitch,” said a former prosecutor to me. “We are ashamed of him. He represents our worst qualities.”

His friend chipped in that Catholics consider Francis “to be a fake, a make-believe pope,” not to mention, he added, an uncultured, ill-mannered flake.

The former prosecutor oozed contempt for Francis: “He knows nothing — not morals, not theology, not history. Nothing. Only power interests him.”

The description of Pope Francis as a power-mad ideologue is very widespread, I am finding. I spoke at length with Antonio Caponnetto, who is the Argentine author of several books on Pope Francis. “At seminary, his classmates called him ‘Machiavelli,’ ” he noted.

Caponnetto gives two reasons for why the pope has avoided his home country: one, at least half the country hates him, and two, Francis dislikes the supposedly “conservative,” pro-capitalist Macri regime. The latter reason is absurd: Macri is hardly conservative, as Argentine conservatives are the first to say.

On Wednesday morning, I visited with Santiago Estrada, Argentina’s former ambassador to the Holy See. He has been close to Bergoglio for decades, but he allowed that Bergoglio “hates businessmen.” He dislikes Macri, he said, not because Macri is a pillar of conservatism but because Macri is simply not as anti-business “as the pope.” Estrada was loath to criticize his friend, but he conceded that the pope’s promotion of molesting bishops has been “inexplicable.”
Why Pope Francis Hasn’t Visited Argentina, The American Spectator, 22 August 2019 (Bold is CMJ's for emphasis.)


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

the death throes of the Novus Ordo

the epitome of narcissistic self worship

Watch the liberal faction fight with the conservative faction over who can take more pride in inclusiveness and hospitality in their man-made rite.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Francis sends his old friend, Leonardo Boff, a photo of the two in San Miguel, Argentina from 1972

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Those are some nice looking cassocks the duo are wearing.


According to James Bogle, Francis has fully regularized the SSPX & Bp. Fellay is a member of the Roman Rota

At the end look for the shout-out Bogle 
gives Opus Judei and Josemaria Escriba.