Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Well, he did it

You might remember this post. Now, it is apparently official:

After protests, Pope changes Latin prayer for Jews

Unfortunately, the Pope has caved into pressure from non-Catholics and changed the prayers of the Good Friday service to avoid offending the Jews. Now, I am not naive. The Jews are not very friendly to the Goyum in their "holy" books. Here's a quick sample:
"Even the best of the Goim should be killed"
Yet, I don't see the Catholic League crying about this; asking the Jews to modify their writings so as not offend Christians. But here we go changing the prayers of our most central celebration to assuage our Gentile guilt. Who is Abraham Foxman to tell me how to pray?

Now, to be sure, the prayers of Good Friday were ruined along time ago in the Novus Ordo Rite. We went from:
Let us pray also for the faithless Jews: that almighty God may remove the veil from their hearts; so that they too may acknowledge Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in the love of his name and in faithfulness to his covenant.
According to the article, the new unofficial translation is something like:

"Let us also pray for the Jews. So that God our Lord enlightens their hearts so that they recognize Jesus Christ savior of all men."

It also asks God that "all Israel be saved."

In the spectrum of things, I can stomach this change. It's a little more sensitive. A little more velvet, a little less hammer. I can stomach less that somebody from the Anti-Defamation League is the catalyst behind the change. I can hardly stand the Novus Ordo version which asks for them to remain faithful to the covenant.

If Jesus was the fulfillment of the covenant and we are asking for the Jews to remain faithful to the now superseded and impotent Mosaic covenant, just what are we doing? If you really think about it, asking them to remain faithful to that covenant is damning them to hell. That is truly anti-Semitic in my book, not praying for them to find the truth through Jesus Christ.

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