Monday, October 8, 2007

Francis Cardinal George to the Jews

Here are the highlights of His Eminence's interview with vaticanologist John L. Allen, Jr.─Cardinal George's thoughts on the American church. In addition to learning that he has "called some moves by the church following the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), such as downplaying fasting and holy days, 'sociologically naïve,'" I found most interesting his repsonse to a question about the prayer for the conversion of the Jews from the Traditional Latin Mass's Good Friday liturgy:
    Maybe this is an opening to say, 'Would you care to look at some of the Talmudic literature's description of Jesus as a bastard, and so on, and maybe make a few changes in some of that?'
His Eminence thinks the prayer should be changed "because the intention is to be sure that our prayers are not offensive to the Jewish people who are our ancestors in the faith." I believe that his question should be rhetorical and that it should be the end of the discussion. Let us pray for their conversion and let them call Our Lord a bastard, and let us be demonized for praying for their salvation.

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