Pope Benedict the "new Jew"? I think not.


By Jonathan Hoffman
April 3, 2010
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http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=172337

Pope Benedict is being accused of covering up child abuse by Catholic priests. The accusations may well be true. In 1980, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope, allowed a paedophile priest to be transferred from Essen to undergo therapy in Munich, where he was then archbishop.

But his personal preacher has compared the accusations against Benedict to antisemitism suffered by Jews.

Peter Isely, the Milwaukee-based director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, denounced the antisemitism analogy as "reckless and irresponsible." "They're sitting in the papal palace, they're experiencing a little discomfort, and they're going to compare themselves to being rounded up or lined up and sent in cattle cars to Auschwitz?" he said. "You cannot be serious."

He's right. It's obscene. You'd have thought that as Benedict was a former member of the Hitler Youth, his minions might show a bit more understanding of antisemitism.

Moreover this obscenity was voiced at Easter - the time in history when Christian persecution of Jews was most common. Typically in medieval times a corpse was found (usually of a child) close to Easter and Jews were accused of having committed the murder to get the blood in order to make matzos.

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moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Sat, 04/03/2010 - 12:25

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Hilarious. Sitting here on Frishman beach in tel aviv, I almost forgot that only right wing extremist Jews can claim antisemitism at every slight.. Has the Vatican joined the ZF, Jonathan?


Yvetta

Sat, 04/03/2010 - 14:50

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Well, he does wear a yamulke ...


Yvetta

Sat, 04/03/2010 - 14:50

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Seriously, though, it's beyond the pale.


Jonathan Hoffman

Sat, 04/03/2010 - 15:44

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I wonder why the Pope's "personal preacher" did not use the 'Inquisition' analogy ....


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Sat, 04/03/2010 - 18:45

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You never expect the (Spanish) Inquisition


DLeigh-Ellis

Sat, 04/03/2010 - 19:05

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It was a poor choice of words.... Sort of made me go 'huh' when I read it, but I don't think it was antisemitic in itself..... just a slight clerical stumble.


Jonathan Hoffman

Sat, 04/03/2010 - 20:45

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At least he did not blame us for the coverup allegations.

He's leaving that for Gerald Kaufman.


Marian Lebor

Sun, 04/04/2010 - 07:39

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Moshe - even while sitting on Frishman beach, you are online, checking the JC website and making comments. That's a bit sad. Can't you switch off, even for a moment? Chag Sameach.


Jonathan Hoffman

Sun, 04/04/2010 - 10:10

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moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Sun, 04/04/2010 - 11:15

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iPhones, Marion, and I was giving a couple of Israeli friends a good laugh at the antics of their friends abroad. Chag Sameach


John Gold

Tue, 04/06/2010 - 11:32

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Well it's great that the benedict apologised... And it has to be noted the Catholic church has apologised, and tried to make amends for it's past negative/ bad past deeds.
A lot more than can be said for any of all the other religions out there!
And for that matter any other political organisations and countries too - that have never apologised for harmful deeds, but continue to ignore or sweep it all under the carpet...

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