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Dershowitz Says Contender for Papacy an Anti-Semite

By: JTA

In a letter to the editor of the Miami Herald, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said that one of the leading candidates to replace Pope Benedict XVI is an anti-Semite.

Responding to a list published last week after the resignation of Benedict, which identified Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras as a possible successor to the current pope, Dershowitz wrote, “He has blamed the Jews for the scandal surrounding the sexual misconduct of priests toward young parishioners!

“He has argued that the Jews got even with the Catholic Church for its anti-Israel positions by arranging for the media — which they, of course, control, he said — to give disproportionate attention to the Vatican sex scandal. He then compared the Jewish controlled media with Hitler, because they are ‘protagonists of what I do not hesitate to define as a persecution against the church.’”

Maradiaga, in a May 2002 interview with the Italian-Catholic publication “30 Giorni,” claimed Jews influenced the media to exploit the current controversy regarding sexual abuse by Catholic priests in order to divert attention from the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

At the time, the Anti-Defamation League expressed public outrage at the cardinal’s comments. In a later conversation with Abraham Foxman, ADL national director, Maradiaga apologized and said he never meant for his remarks to be taken as perpetuating an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about Jewish control of the media, and promised never to say it again.

“The Vatican has rightly called anti-Semitism a sin, and yet an unrepentant sinner is on the short list to become the leader of the Catholic Church,” Dershowitz insists in his letter to the editor. “If that were to occur, all of the good work by recent popes in building bridges between the Catholic Church and the Jews would be endangered. This should not be allowed to happen.”

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4 Responses to “Dershowitz Says Contender for Papacy an Anti-Semite”

  1. Mildred Bilt says:

    I think the good Prof, is showing his age. Is he expecting any contender for the "Throne of God' to be warm towards Jews? This Honduran red hat just got caught in the headlights. This last great pope who is receiving ill deserved accolades was no better but was a bit more discreet. For we Jews have learned to expect the worst since we've never been disappointed in that regard.

  2. lol I don't like the roman catholic church my self, it is such a false church, considering that Christ our Lord and saviour probaby would not recognize it, the splendor of the papacy and Christ being born in a lowly stable in Bethlehem. shame on the roman catholic church, which many of us consider the "Whore of Babylon.

  3. Mark L. Shane says:

    not taking responsibility for the churches antisemitism and sexual misconduct is consistently blamed on the Jews who as we all know, are responsible for everyone elses evil as specifically personified by another Jew named Jesus. He aptly set the example that catholics have always followed….( really catholics et al.)……and so the beat goes on. By extension, This is also the reason justifying reincarnation. Our creator continues giving mankind an opportunity to grow into mature responsible behavior thus , we all need…. yet another birth and chance to repent. No one excluded.

  4. Kola Finger says:

    All those catholic priests and bishops just gangs of crimals, homosexuals and child molestors, and the only arguments they use against their crimes are constantly lies & bigger lies. They are as their brethrens in crimes, the protestants and muslims, the worse sinners that ever walked on earth, making it stink of the bloodsheds they still creates… Clear the World. Punish all those sinners…

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