Thursday, February 07, 2008
And calls for new Good Friday prayer to be inserted into the new Missal!
Not the only element that could be taken from the Roman Missal to improve the new Missal. But why bother, just use the old Missal!
The prayer for the conversion of the Jews is a " hope for the end of time," and the Catholic Church will not engage in mission to Jews. This was stressed on Thursday by the German Curial Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, within whose jurisdiction rests the dialogue with the Jewish people. Kasper acted in response to anger among rabbis following the publication of the new Good Friday collect for the celebration of the liturgy according to the Roman Missal of 1962.
We provide here Kasper's statement to Vatican Radio:
"The Holy Father, the Holy See, is aware that the history between Jews and Christians is a difficult and complicated history. We must take this into account, there are many sensitivities. Therefore, the prayer for the Good Friday has been corrected in the so-called old liturgy which is now the"extraordinary" liturgy. The blindness of the Jews was cited. This was perceived as insulting and the sentence has been deleted.
We have much in common with Jewish people, but this is a difference which you cannot ignore.
When the Pope presently speaks on the conversion of Jews, then you have to understand correctly. He cited literally the Eleventh Chapter of the letter of the Apostle Paul to the Romans. The apostle, says that we, as Christians, hope, when the fullness of pagans enters the church, then that Israel will completely convert. This is an eschatological hope for the end of the ages, which does not mean that we have the intention now to be missionaries to Jews as one sends missions to the heathens.
We have in the meantime now shoulder to shoulder to recognise our mutual diversity. We Christians must of course give testimony of our faith in Jesus the Christ. This is also a freedom of religion, which we have to be given to say and confess what we believe, as the Jews themselves have the opportunity to express their Faith. One could also say that in the place of the old language of contempt is now respect and mutual recognition in our diversity. With this difference, in faith in Jesus Christ, we must live and we must recognize, which does not exclude in any way that there are the many things on which we agree, the possibility of working together for peace and justice in the world."
"A former Vatican official will ordain four traditionalist priests in a Tridentine Mass celebrated in the cathedral of Rome, church officials said.
The Feb. 23 ordination Mass in the Basilica of St. John Lateran will be the most prominent celebration of the old rite in Rome since Pope Benedict XVI relaxed restrictions on its use last year.
The Mass, to be celebrated by Archbishop Luigi De Magistris, will follow the 1962 Roman Missal, known commonly as the Tridentine rite. In July 2007 the pope issued new rules, saying the old rite could be used much more freely than before."
Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4's World at One that the UK has to 'face up to the fact' that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.
Dr Williams argues that adopting some aspects of Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion."
This is the same Church of England that proudly rejects Roman jurisdiction. They prefer Mecca to Rome.
"To an orthodox Jew, this is blasphemy. Fine. The two religions contradict each other utterly on this point, and we should be mature enough to recognise that fact. As the conservative Catholic blogger Chris Gillibrand said this week, the Church would be “betraying her own nature if she were not to emphasise her unique and universal salvific nature”."