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The Catholic Church finds a link between the poor Pope and Jew hatred

Anti-Semitism is a hatred that tars all Jews for the actions of a few, a virulent strain of irrational ideology.

There is utterly no comparison between anti-Semitism and reasonably demanding that the Catholic Church, an organisation that has spent decades hiding child rapists and torturers, finally takes responsibility for its actions. The Pope is complicit:

A Jewish group and victims of Catholic clergy abuse have expressed alarm over a Vatican official who they said hurled a provocative insult by equating the church paedophilia scandal with anti-Semitism.

In a Good Friday service, Vatican preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa read aloud a letter from a “Jewish friend” who wrote that the “collective blame” involving stereotyping and transfer of personal responsibility to the church over the sex scandal reminded him of the most shameful aspects of anti-Semitism.

“It’s heart-breaking to see yet another smart, high-ranking Vatican official making such callous remarks that insult both abuse victims and Jewish people,” executive director David Clohessy of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), the largest and most active of such groups in the United States, said in a statement.

Cantalamessa read out the letter – in which the unnamed friend said he “followed with disgust the violent attack … against the Church (and) the pope” – during the ceremony at St Peter’s Basilica, as Pope Benedict XVI looked on.

SNAP said it was beyond the pale for Cantalamessa to link those who “thoughtfully question the Catholic hierarchy” with anti-Semitic physical violence.

“It’s morally wrong to equate actual physical violence and hatred against a large group of innocent people with mere public scrutiny of a small group of complicit officials,” Clohessy said.

Rabbi Gary Greenebaum, US director of interreligious relations for the American Jewish Committee, said it was “unwise” for Cantalamessa to suggest any link between the criticism of the Vatican over the paedophilia scandal and anti-Semitism, which resulted in the deaths of six million Jews in the Holocaust.

“This is not an apt comparison, and this is pretty obvious and pretty clear to most people,” Greenebaum told AFP.

  • MARY

    Dude.  You're missing the point.  The Catholic Church is actually trying to cynically posit the question of why Rome doesn't have a get-out-of-jail-free card like Israel has for its human rights abuses.


    I'm not excusing the Pope but Israel has been working overtime in neutralizing any moral voice that the Church might bring to bear on the Palestinian issue and has been actively involved in demonization of the Church for a good long time.  They are also actively involved in demonizing the Lutherans, who just adopted divestment. Thus, there are legitimate parallels with anti-semitism at this time in history.


    The Pope went to Israel and Palestine last summer to try and express solidarity with the Palestinians.  Do a little research into his treatment by the Israeli government while he was there and the rash of Nazi stories about the Pope that appeared in the international press while he was there.


    You might also wish to examine the fact that Israel is trying to elide that Palestinians and Arabs are both Muslim and Christian and they are all subject to Israeli apartheid and takeover of their religious sites.  Especially with the Jerusalem closures for Passover and the carefully staged exceptions for some Christians to celebrate Easter for placement in selected press, like the New York Times.


    Not excusing the Pope at all…but it's more complicated than your simplistic presentation.   The issue of the timing and placement of the story in the New York Times does deserve some scrutiny.  Let's face it.  The Pope and the Catholic Church have been effectively shut up in commenting on Israeli-Palestinian peace.

  • Marilyn

    Anti-semitism is not about hating all jews, what a load of old tosh from a sensible journalist Ant.

    Not too many people give  a flying fuck about jews per se, they don't "hate" jews just because they are jewish, most people wouldn't know a jew if they fell over one.

    What people so-called "hate" is the putrid behaviour of the Israeli government.

  • Klar

    Why does no one mention that the comparison was made by a Jew and it is not the official position of the Vatican as relayed by spokesman Lombardi?

    There are valid comparisons, of course, if only to simply recognize that people who hate Catholics will use the scandal to attack Catholics just as people who hate Jews will use Zionism, or Israeli activities to attack Jews.  Why is this so hard to comprehend among the commentariat?