Because a fair number of Jew-hating bigots have been in my comboxes recently

Because a fair number of Jew-hating bigots have been in my comboxes recently July 22, 2013

…acclaiming and excusing somebody who declares to be a heretic any Catholic who denies that the covenant with Moses has been “revoked” (and who also informs us that Jews are godless racists who want to rule the world and that the Holocaust was that period when Jews turned the Germans because they got a better deal from somebody else) I thought I would offer a little counter-argument to the simple-minded Fundamentalism of Jew-hating Reactionary bigots.

It’s a four-part series I did sometime back called “A Tale of Two Covenants”. Turns out things are a bit more nuanced than Reactionary Fundamentalist Catholics would have it. You can read it here: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; and Part 4.

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  • I like the Pope Benedict lighting a menorah… 🙂

    • johnnyc

      I just caught the ‘revoke that’ caption. Lol.

  • johnnyc

    That is excellent stuff Mark, thank you. I would also recommend Salvation Is From the Jews by Roy Schoeman and the Association of Hebrew Catholics website where you can find the Mystery of Israel and the Church audio lecture series by Lawrence Feingold. You can also get it in book form from the website.

  • Kevin O’Brien

    Mark, here’s a quote by Hilaire Belloc (courtesy of Rich Aleman), about the nuttiness of Jew-hating. This is ironic, as Belloc is often accused of being a Jew hater himself, and more than a few anti-Semites hide behind him for just that reason.

    Belloc, in reviewing a book by an author named Webster, says …

    “In my opinion it is a lunatic book. She [Webster] is one of those people who have got one cause on the brain. It is the good old Jewish revolutionary bogey. I think people are great fools who do not appreciate what a part the Jew has played in revolutionary movements, but people are much bigger fools who get it on the brain and ascribe every revolutionary movement to Jews and secret societies. The prime cause of revolution is injustice, and the protest against injustice, when it becomes too violent, produces revolution. But there is a type of unstable mind which cannot rest without morbid imaginings, and the conception of single causes simplifies thought. With this good woman it is the Jews, with some people it is the Jesuits, with others Freemasons and so on. The world is more complex than that.”

  • Sandra Miesel

    It’s not only about anti-Semitism, but here my old article about Catholics and conspiracies that has a certain relevance:

    • Harry

      Off-topic, but are your other articles on Crisis as well? Or are they scattered across the net?

  • contrarian

    Interesting stuff. Can I summarize these four parts by suggesting that this is the thesis:
    “Christ saves Jews by being good Jews.”

    So being a Jew is a sort of ‘charism’, if you will, of the Catholic Church?

    Because certainly, you are making a stronger claim here than some sort of (nuanced) point about the baptism of desire. You are saying that Judaism is, vis a vis Catholicism, a sort of officially recognized mechanism that merits Christ’s salvific work. No?

    If that’s what you are saying, I have a hard time seeing how this isn’t novel, quotes from VII popes notwithstanding. But perhaps I’m misunderstanding you here.

    And if you choose to respond, try to do so without giving me some Capital Letters Label. I think I’m asking nicely.

    • chezami

      What? No. Where do you get that from?

      • contrarian

        I guess I don’t know what you’re saying then.

        No worries.

        • chezami

          I’m saying Jews, like pagans, if they are saved, are saved by Christ through being as obedient as they know how to the light they have received. Pagans receive light from the law written on the heart and from whatever sources may be available to them through contact with the Judeo-Christian tradition. Jews receive light through the law and the prophets (and the law written on the heart) as well as contact with the Christian tradition. It’s God’s business to judge their obedience to the light they received. But however, they are saved, it will be through the working of the Holy Spirit. See Romans 2.

          • Mike Petrik

            This is pretty much exactly what the Catechism says.

  • Sandra Miesel

    My Crisis articles can be found by googling my name+Crisis magazine. There are lots of others hither and thither on the web, for which google my name. Not everything of mine has been digitized, by any means.
    Although Belloc denied that there was a Vast Jewish Conspiracy, he did write a highly distasteful screed titled THE JEWS. He wasn’t that fond of us.

    • Re_Actor

      “Better a verbal kick in the teeth than a verbal pat on the head.”

      – Moses on Hilaire Belloc (as channelled by Peter Kreeft)

  • How do you know that’s not a Kinara?

    • Rosemarie


      A Kinara has one black candle in the middle, three red candles on one side and three green candles on the other. Not clear oil lamps, like the one B16 is lighting, but some menorahs *do* use oil (as the original did in the ancient Temple). I’ve also never seen a Kinara made of metal, just wood. Not to mention that Kwanzaa is a holiday specific to African Americans so I doubt the pope would celebrate it.

  • TomD

    Someone professing to be a Christian has to taught, in some very bigoted and distorted way, to believe these things. Didn’t Christ say something about not abolishing the law and the prophets, but fulfilling them (Matt 5:17)? How does any sane person, with any knowledge of the biblical text, get “revoked” from that?

    To be anti-Semitic is to be profoundly un-Christian. Profoundly. As Christians, we believe that Christ is the fulfillment of what it means to be a Jew, not a revocation of Judaism. We are all Jews now.

    “. . . To the Jews ‘belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ (Rom 9:4-5)’, ‘for the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable (Rom 11:29).'” (CCC 839)

  • Polombo

    To add to what what Mr. O’Brien said– Whether they like Belloc’s ‘The Jews’ or not, a minority of those who have read it will say it is a ‘screed.’ Its premise is that the Jews are a distinct people who have historically remained distinct and eventually come into catastrophic conflict with their neighbors. The explicit purpose of the book is to explore possible causes of the conflict so that it might be avoided in the future. His principal diagnosis is that the possession of a inter-state nationality (including the very strongest ties of blood) always makes Jews seem suspect; they therefore occlude their distinctiveness, but since the fact remains, the tactic fails and only makes them seem more duplicitous. His prescription is a concerted PR campaign by Jews to explain, own and boast of their texts, folkways, intellectual traditions, as a community of Poles might explain and boast of theirs. Only then, he argues, might gentile nations know whether and how to treat with Jews equitably (with reciprocal benefits and burdens) precisely as a distinct nation-within-a-nation.

    As for Belloc’s personal attitude to Jews he met, he actually seemed to like them, and boasted of getting on with them “famously.” Many Jews seemed to admire his courage, as he would often speak to Jewish audiences without mincing words, while true-blue antisemites would speak liberal cant to their faces while being venomous behind their backs.

    But of course if an anti-Semite is one who does not accept the mealy-mouthed gilt-tripping dogma that there is a moral obligation to express esteem for Jews as a cultural group and a moral prohibition on criticizing them… Well, Belloc was a raging anti-Semite, along with every other virile thinker in Western history.

    • Pavel Chichikov

      I thought that book had a patronizing tone.

  • Pavel Chichikov

    You cannot understand the Paschal Mystery without understanding the history of the Jews. Did not Christ open the eyes of the travelers on the road to Emmaus? Is it not probable that the sacrifice of Isaac is a fore-running symbol of the Sacrifice on Golgotha? Could not Our Lord have included this in His traveling lesson?

    Over and over again we see how all things rhyme,allude, foretell and exist in harmony.

  • Dr. Eric

    Not to be pedantic, but that picture is of then Cardinal Ratzinger, before he was pope.

  • Old Guard

    With respect to Hiiaire Belloc’s alleged anti-semitism, he wrote:

    “The Third Reich has treated its Jewish subjects with a contempt for
    Justice which even if there had been no other action of the kind in
    other departments would be a sufficient warranty for determining its
    elimination from Europe… Cruelty to a Jew is as odious as cruelty to
    any human being, whether that cruelty be moral in the form of insult, or
    physical… You may hear men saying on every side, ‘However, there is
    one thing I do agree with and that is the way they (The Nazis) have
    settled the Jews’. Now that attitude is directly immoral. The more
    danger there is that it will grow the more necessity there is for
    denouncing it. The action of the enemy toward the Jewish race has been
    in morals intolerable. Contracts have been broken on all sides, careers
    destroyed by the hundred and the thousand, individuals have been treated
    with the most hideous and disgusting cruelty… If no price is paid for
    such excesses, our civilisation will certainly suffer and suffer
    permanently. If the men who have committed them go unpunished (and only
    defeat in war can punish them) then the decline of Europe, already
    advanced, will proceed to catastrophe.”

    – “The Catholic and the War”, 1940