Pope Benedict XVI 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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