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Pope Benedict XVI Exonerates Jews for Jesus’ Death

March 3, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Religion with 9 Comments

A German Pope exonerates Jews for Jesus' death.

In his new book, “Jesus of Nazareth Part II,” Pope Benedict XVI has exonerated the Jews for the death of Jesus Christ. The Second Vatican Council already forgave the Jews for killing their Lord and Savior in 1965, but this marks the first time that the pontiff has personally done so.

“Jesus of Nazareth Part II” posits that there is no biblical basis for the argument that the Jews bear collective responsibility for Jesus’ untimely demise upon the cross.

Jewish and Israeli leaders responded positively to the German Pope’s exoneration. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent Benedict a personal message expressing his hope that the move would “aid in the advancement of peace.” “It is my hope that this display of clarity and courage will strengthen the relations between Jews and Christians around the world,” the Prime Minister is quoted in Haaretz.

Jewish scholars also praised the argument laid out in the new book.

Everyday Jews also welcomed the news, albeit sometimes with a healthy dose of cynicism. “It’s about fucking time,” quipped Ron Lunski, an Israeli-American attorney in San Francisco. “I would have never expected this from a Pope, let alone a German one, but Cardinal Ratzinger really impressed me today,” he added, referring to the Benedict’s pre-papal name.

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9 Comments

  1. Rachael C. Black via FacebookMarch 3, 2011 at 9:22 pmReply

    don’t get me started…

  2. Jim Hillas via FacebookMarch 3, 2011 at 11:27 pmReply

    I knew it was a suicide all along!

  3. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERGMarch 5, 2011 at 6:25 pmReply

    ON BEHALF OF ALL MY DEAD RELATIVES WHO WERE MURDERED BY THE NAZIS BECAUSE ANTI-SEMITISM WAS PREVALENT IN EUROPE BECAUSE THE COUNTRIES HATED THE JEWS FOR BEING CHRIST KILLERS I DO NOT THANK YOU.THE CHURCH MADE HITLERS JOB MUCH EASIER. THE CHURCH SHOULD BEG FORGIVENESS FOR THE LIE THEY PROMULGATED. HOW ABOUT ALL THE JEWS MUREDERED DURING THE CRUSCADES?HOW ABOUT ALL THE FIGHTS I HAD AS A KID AROUND EASTER BECAUSE I WAS CALLED JEW THE CHRIST KILLER. YOU WANT TO HELP. GIVE LARGE SUMS OF MONEY TO HELP THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS WHO ARE ELDERLY AND NEED FOOD, CLOTHING AND HEALTH CARE.

    RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBEG

    • Moral Low GroundMarch 6, 2011 at 10:01 amReplyAuthor

      The historical treatment of Jews by the Catholic Church (and most of Christendom) from the beginning of its existence through the mid-20th century is indeed reprehensible. Its inaction during one of the greatest and most brutal genocides in human history may even border on unforgivable. Having not lost any relatives in the Holocaust, I have no idea how you feel about this subject. I was in no way supporting the Vatican in my post, merely observing the fact (and cynically, even) that the Pope has exonerated the Jews for something that happened more than 2,000 years ago. Perhaps I should have asked the question “but do the Jews exonerate the Catholic church”?

    • Carlo IanteMarch 9, 2011 at 11:18 amReply

      I can now understand why Edison got rid of you as Chaplain. This Pope is a great leader and a lot closer to God than you will ever be. You should be ashamed of yourself and get some sensitivity training. I can’t believe a Rabbi can act as ignorant as you. You want money for a cause,take it out of your own pocket,bet you making big bucks and have some big house in a expensive area.

      • RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERGMarch 12, 2011 at 5:37 pmReply

        I HAVE BEEN APPOINTED CHAPLAIN OF EDISON, CARLO. YOU ARE LIVING IN THE PAST.RABBI ROSENBERG

        A HOLOCAUST SIDDUR WITH ADDITIONAL MEMORIAL READINGS

        A world without Holocaust survivors is not far away. Yet, very little has been done to create a liturgy to commemorate that most catastrophic event in Jewish history.

        Experience has shown that without a framework for commemoration, remembrance will not long endure. For more than three thousand years, Jews have been reminded every spring of their Exodus from Egypt, at a date firmly implanted on the Jewish calendar that is observed with Seder rituals. Will the Holocaust, like the Exodus, be remembered beyond the generations of our grandchildren’s grandchildren? Very likely not – if no halakhic agreement is reached on a specific day for remembrance, with prayers, readings and rituals adapted for the occasion.

        Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth-El in Edison, NJ, and a well-known Holocaust educator who chairs the New York Board of Rabbis Holocaust Education Committee, has stepped in to fill that void.

        He has produced a PDF Holocaust Siddur that can be downloaded FREE from the internet. It includes a full traditional Maariv Service for Yom Hashoah, in Hebrew and in English translation. Also included is an Appendix with 4 suggested sample/Interfaith Community Programs and a large selection of Readings, Poetry, Essays and other materials to help synagogues and community groups to create their own programs.

        The Siddur, produced in honor of Rabbi Rosenberg’s parents who survived the Holocasy and his many family members who perished, can be accessed at
        http://www.jewishfreeware.org/downloads/YOM%20HASHOAH/

        Rabbi Rosenberg is reaching out to Orthodox, Reform, Reconstructionist and other colleagues. The Siddur has already been downloaded by hundreds of Holocaust organizations, Museums, and educational institutions. It is hoped that their collaboration will result in an important flexible resource for use internationally.

        The Siddur remains open to additional submissions from other sources.

        Please help to spread the word – and help future generations to remember.

      • RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERGMarch 12, 2011 at 6:58 pmReply

        POOR CARLO AND I DO NOT THINK THIS IS YOUR REAL NAME. YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A LEADER WHO STANDS UP FOR WHAT HE BELIEVES. SHAME ON YOU. IF YOU HAD ANY KNOWLEGE OF HISTORY YOU WOULD KNOW WHAT I HAVE SAID IS VALID. YOU ARE TO BUSY HATING TO KNOW THE TRUTH.

    • nazi 101June 9, 2011 at 3:27 pmReply

      wow it must suck so much to be a jew. i dont understand why u wouldnt just convert to christianity. its so obvious that your religion is old and dieing. 0% of the population that isnt jew would never consider converting to your religion. get out now while u have the chance. the second coming of hitler is coming.

      • Brett WilkinsJune 9, 2011 at 3:53 pmReplyAuthor

        Um, you’ve got the wrong guy. Usually it’s the Jews who are slamming me because every single post I write about Israel is very negative. Check out my blog, under the category “Israel/Palestine” before you start making accusations. Oh, and your anti-Semitism is as disgusting as the Nazism you preach. And if, by some stroke of impossibility, your beloved Hitler does return again, he’ll be crushed just like he was the first time around, and the world will rejoice.

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