Vatican Priest States Attacks On Catholics Are Like Anti-Semitism
Victims’ groups and Jewish representatives expressed anger last night after the pope’s personal preacher compared criticism of the Catholic hierarchy over cleric sex abuse with persecution of the Jews. Addressing Pope Benedict and other members of the Vatican leadership at a service in St Peter’s, Father Raniero Cantalamessa read a letter he said he had got from a Jewish friend. It said: “The passing from personal responsibility and guilt to a collective guilt remind me of the more shameful aspects of antisemitism.”
Peter Iseley of the Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests said: “To compare the discomfort that Vatican officials are finally feeling because of these decade-long cover-ups to the sufferings of the Jewish people down the centuries, especially during Holy Week, which was one of the most fearful times to be a Jew, is beyond even ridiculous.”
The Jewish magazine, Tablet, called Cantalamessa “outrageously wrong”. It said the church had “moved to cover up, paper over, and otherwise tacitly sanction paedophilia. Like the church, Jews know what it feels like to be victims of collective persecution. Unlike the church, Jews don’t know what it feels like for their victimhood to be deserved.”
Stephan Kramer, the general secretary of Germany’s Central Council of Jews said: “It is repulsive, obscene and most of all offensive toward all abuse victims as well as to all the victims of the Holocaust.”
Within hours the Vatican sought to distance itself from his comments. Father Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, said Cantalamessa wasn’t speaking as a Vatican official. Such comparisons can “lead to misunderstandings and is not an official position of the Catholic church,” Lombardi said.
Catholic leaders have protested that the pope is being unfairly targeted by the media, arguing that he has taken a hard line towards paedophile clerics since being elected pontiff. But reports in the New York Times have called into question his conduct while still a cardinal.
It has been alleged that, while he was its head, a Vatican department counselled against the indictment under church law of a priest who had abused up to 200 deaf boys in his care. And it has been claimed that, as archbishop of Munich, Benedict did nothing to stop a known paedophile being given duties that would bring him into contact with children.
The pope may have been hearing his preacher’s words for the first time last night. But it is likely the high-profile sermon in St Peter’s on one of the most solemn dates in the Christian calendar would have been circulated for comment at a senior level in the Vatican.
Before reading the letter, Cantalamessa referred to the abuse scandal. He acknowledged that “unfortunately, not a few elements of the clergy are stained”. But he said he did not wish to dwell on the subject because “there is sufficient talk outside here”.
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Let us just start with this verse stated by the Lord Jesus Christ…
“But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” – Matthew 15:9 KJV
There is no excuse that will ever be sufficient to rationalize the pedophilia that has, and is, rampant throughout the Catholic Church.
“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” – Matthew 18:6 KJV
This is the pagan holy day (holiday) of Eastre (Easter) celebrating the goddess of fertility, also known as Astarte, the moon goddess (Acts 12:4). Thus the symbols of the eggs and rabbits. It has absolutely nothing to do with the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church is corrupt!
Meanwhile the fake Jews continue to slaughter the real Semites (Jehudim) from the House of Judah in Palestine.
“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” – Revelation 2:9 KJV
Jesus Christ, Paul, and all the Apostles except for Judas Escariot were from the Tribe of Benjamin in the House of Judah that split from the House of Israel in to what is now known as modern day Palestine after the Exodus.
Peace and God bless to all… No Fear! – SJH
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