Saturday, October 23, 2010

Israel's Latest Condemnation
by Nadene Goldfoot

Joseph Alois Ratzinger was born on April 16, 1927 in Marktl, Bavaria.. He is a German citizen. His father was a police officer and his great uncle, Georg Ratziner was a politician. At age 14 he had to join the Hitler Youth group. Then he was drafted into the German anti-aircraft corps : Luftwaffen Helfer and was in the infantry. The war for America started in 1941, and by 1945 America was close by in Germany. Joseph deserted and went home where the Americans had taken over his house as a station. He wound up in a POW camp as a German soldier, and when he got out, he went back to the seminary where he had once been. In 2005 he was elected Pope Benedict XVI. Today he is 83 years old.

This is the same man who just held a meeting with bishops who all decided that the whole Middle East problem was caused by Israel and its settlers and that they should leave the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza (which we already have) and that then everything will be hunky-dory in the Middle East. They came to this conclusion because they now realize that Islam wants to kill Christians, so this is the best way to deal with the threat. This man is Pope Benedict XVI.

"When Pope Benedict ascended to the Papacy his election was welcomed by the Anti-Defamation League who noted "his great sensitivity to Jewish history and the Holocaust". However, his election received a more reserved response from the United Kingdom's Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who hoped that Benedict would "continue along the path of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in working to enhance relations with the Jewish people and the State of Israel."The Foreign Minister of Israel also offered more tentative praise, though the Minister believed that "this Pope, considering his historical experience, will be especially committed to an uncompromising fight against anti-Semitism."Critics have accused Benedict's papacy as being insensitive towards Judaism. The two most prominent instances were the expanding the use of the Tridentine Mass and the lifting of the excommunication on four bishops from the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). In the Good Friday service, the traditional Mass rubrics include a prayer that asks God to lift the veil so they [Jews] may be delivered from their darkness. This prayer has historically been contentious in Judaic-Catholic relations and the several groups saw the restoration of the Tridentine Mass as problematic. Among those whose excommunications was lifted was Bishop Richard Williamson, an outspoken Holocaust denier. The lifting of his excommunication led critics to charge that the Pope was condoning his anti-Semitic views."

Is anyone surprised that this Pope in particular would go against the Jewish state of Israel? I've just learned that there had been a rally organized by Fiamma Nirenstein journalist, MP, and vice president of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Italian Chamber of Deputies on October 7th at 6pm for Israel held in Rome. Among those who have joined the initiative are the following Members of the European Parliament: Hannu Takkula (Finland), Marco Scurria (Italy), Bastiaan Belder (NL), Corina Cretu (Romania), Pablo Arias (Spain), Magdi Cristiano Allam (Italy), and Antonio Lopez Istùriz (Spain).

"The organizers say that the "de-legitimization of Israel comes from all latitudes and without any restraints. Israel, the most openly threatened country in the world, is condemned by the international institutions and media for whatever it does, whether it is seeking to defend itself from terrorist attacks, trying to stop the supply of weapons to Gaza, or simply doing the normal activities that any democratic country does."

Too bad the Pope didn't attend this rally and listen to what was said about Israel. Or maybe he read about it and then decided on his meeting with all the Bishops in the Middle East denouncing Israel's rights. I'm grateful that there are people who realize that Israel has rights and are speaking up for her, as the Pope certainly got busy communicating to his Bishops and the UN that Israel needs to go back to 1948 lines. I

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