Anti-Semitic Drivel Alert
Somebody comments below :
The killing of Christ by the Jews continues – every day in every way. Nothing has changed in 2000 years. Don’t you get it?
No, I don’t get it. My friend, Rabbi Daniel Lapin put me on his radio show several times so I can hold forth on Catholic teaching about this and that. Doesn’t strike me as an act of murder. Michael Medved staunchly defends Christians, including Catholics, from cultured despisers of all stripes. Not much of a Christ-killer, if you ask me. Toward Tradition bends over backwards to forge alliances with Christians and defend them from unjust attacks by the Chattering Classes. If they are trying to murder Christ, all I can say is they sure are inept at it.
Dunno if my Jew-baiting reader is Catholic or not. If not, repent and become one, if for no other reason than whoever is teaching you now is a moron. If you are Catholic, then learn the teaching of the Church from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
596 The religious authorities in Jerusalem were not unanimous about what stance to take towards Jesus. The Pharisees threatened to excommunicate his followers. To those who feared that “everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation”, the high priest Caiaphas replied by prophesying: “It is expedient for you that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation should not perish.” The Sanhedrin, having declared Jesus deserving of death as a blasphemer but having lost the right to put anyone to death, hands him over to the Romans, accusing him of political revolt, a charge that puts him in the same category as Barabbas who had been accused of sedition. The chief priests also threatened Pilate politically so that he would condemn Jesus to death.
Jews are not collectively responsible for Jesus’ death
597 The historical complexity of Jesus’ trial is apparent in the Gospel accounts. The personal sin of the participants (Judas, the Sanhedrin, Pilate) is known to God alone. Hence we cannot lay responsibility for the trial on the Jews in Jerusalem as a whole, despite the outcry of a manipulated crowd and the global reproaches contained in the apostles’ calls to conversion after Pentecost. Jesus himself, in forgiving them on the cross, and Peter in following suit, both accept “the ignorance” of the Jews of Jerusalem and even of their leaders. Still less can we extend responsibility to other Jews of different times and places, based merely on the crowd’s cry: “His blood be on us and on our children!”, a formula for ratifying a judicial sentence. As the Church declared at the Second Vatican Council: . . . neither all Jews indiscriminately at that time, nor Jews today, can be charged with the crimes committed during his Passion. . . the Jews should not be spoken of as rejected or accursed as if this followed from holy Scripture.
All sinners were the authors of Christ’s Passion
598 In her Magisterial teaching of the faith and in the witness of her saints, the Church has never forgotten that “sinners were the authors and the ministers of all the sufferings that the divine Redeemer endured.” Taking into account the fact that our sins affect Christ himself, the Church does not hesitate to impute to Christians the gravest responsibility for the torments inflicted upon Jesus, a responsibility with which they have all too often burdened the Jews alone:
We must regard as guilty all those who continue to relapse into their sins. Since our sins made the Lord Christ suffer the torment of the cross, those who plunge themselves into disorders and crimes crucify the Son of God anew in their hearts (for he is in them) and hold him up to contempt. And it can be seen that our crime in this case is greater in us than in the Jews. As for them, according to the witness of the Apostle, “None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” We, however, profess to know him. And when we deny him by our deeds, we in some way seem to lay violent hands on him.
Nor did demons crucify him; it is you who have crucified him and crucify him still, when you delight in your vices and sins.
Catholics who try to stick the blame for the Passion of our Lord on “the Jews” are saying, in effect, “It wasn’t because of me Jesus died.” This constitutes a denial of baptism and would be a most embarrassing thing to be found saying at the Pearly Gates. I wouldn’t be surprised if you catch hell for it–literally.
In case you haven’t caught my drift, anti-semitism is not welcome here. Anti-semites are, just so long as they drop their ignorant prejudices and come to learn and live what the Church teaches. Otherwise, buzz off.