Monday, 15 September 2008

Pope slams anti-Semitism in meeting with French Jews

Henri de Lubac, S.J. (1896-1991): "To be anti-Semitic signifies being anti-Christian".
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Article by Haviv Rettig in TJP

Pope Benedict XVI slammed anti-Semitism as theologically unjustifiable and tantamount to being "anti-Christian" in a meeting with French-Jewish leaders in Paris on Friday.

The meeting came on the first day of a four-day trip to France, the pontiff's 10th trip out of Italy since his election in April 2005.

"The Church is opposed to every form of anti-Semitism, which can never be theologically justified," he said, quoting French theologian Henri de Lubac as saying he had understood that "to be anti-Semitic also signifies being anti-Christian."

Benedict lamented the victims of anti-Semitism, saying: "Once again I feel the duty to pay heartfelt recognition to those who have died unjustly, and to those that have dedicated themselves to assure that the names of these victims may always be remembered. God does not forget."

He called for greater Christian-Jewish understanding, noting that the two religions' "fraternal bonds constitute a continual invitation to know and to respect one another better."

Rabbi Joseph Sitruk, a former chief rabbi of France, said after the meeting that it had been a "historic rapprochement between Judaism and the Church.""

Pontiff's Greeting to Jewish Delegation: a translation of Benedict XVI's address at the apostolic nunciature in Paris, during a brief meeting with representatives of the Jewish community (ZENIT)
Photo: CRIF

1 comment:

In partibus infidelium said...

Where does this leave the Bishops of the SSPX, those "catholics" who followed Lefebvre in rejection of Vatican II?