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No Sovereignty Grab by Vatican at King David’s Tomb For Now

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The Vatican has confirmed it has no plans to attempt a sovereignty grab at King David’s tomb, at least at this point.

In an interview posted this week on the Vatican Insider website, Jerusalem-based Bishop William Shomali confirmed that Pope Francis is going to celebrate Mass in the Cenacle – the upper room which is considered holy to Christians because they believe it is the place where Christianity’s founder, Jesus, celebrated the Last Supper.

A niche on the lower level of the same building is alleged to be the burial site of the Biblical King David, marked by a large cenotaph-sarcophagus set up by 12th century Crusaders. However, most scholars consider this attribution to be incorrect; in Kings I 2:10[13] the burial site of the ancient Biblical king is said to be “in the City of David”, identified as the eastern hill of ancient Jerusalem, rather than in what is today called Mount Tzion, the western hill of the ancient Old City of Jerusalem.

The site is one of many located in the area claimed by the Palestinian Authority for its hoped-for independent Arab state within Israel’s borders. The PA has insisted in talks that Israel hand over all of the areas of Jerusalem restored in the 1967 Six Day War — including all Jewish holy sites — so it can establish a new capital city there. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has also said repeatedly that he will never allow any Jew to set foot on “Palestinian land” once borders for a new PA state are established.

Shomali, who was born in the PA and is auxiliary-bishop of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, confirmed the Pope is expected to celebrate Mass in the room. However, he firmly denied the Holy See had any intention of attempting to take control of the site from Israel.

“There is some opposition (to celebration of Mass at the site) but it is coming mainly from ultra-Orthodox Jews who have misunderstood the event,” he told Vatican Insider. “They thought the Pope is coming to receive sovereignty over the Cenacle. This is not true! The Pope and the Vatican do not want sovereignty; they only want more use of the place in the early hours of the morning for masses and for prayer,” Shomali explained.

All of the tickets for the visit of the Pope to Bethlehem and for the Mass there are exhausted, he added, noting that 10,000 were distributed and that many asked for more. “This is different from the two previous papal masses in Bethlehem, when John Paul II and Benedict XVI came,” he said. “It means that this Pope attracts crowds.”

Israeli security is expected to be extremely tight and for the two days the Pope will be in the country, travel within Jerusalem and surrounds will be difficult.

Title: A Moral Reckoning, The Role Of The Catholic Church In The Holocaust And Its Unfulfilled Duty Of Repair

Wednesday, May 12th, 2004

Title: A Moral Reckoning, The Role Of The Catholic Church In The Holocaust And Its Unfulfilled Duty Of Repair
Author: Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York, N.Y.

 

When The Jewish Press reviewed the original (hardcover) edition of  “A Moral Reckoning” nearly two years ago, Daniel Goldhagen was already well-known for his first book, “Hitler’s
Willing Executioners”. His second book, “A Moral Reckoning”, engendered an unimaginably vitriolic response from the “defenders of the faith” whom Goldhagen chastised.

In light of the current popularity of Mel Gibson’s The Passion, as well as a newly updated edition of the book, we believe it worthwhile to take another look.

The paperback edition of A Moral Reckoning contains a new chapter and afterword not in the first edition. Much of our first review follows, with additional remarks:

Having grown up in America, together with many Irish and Italian Catholic friends, I never quite understood why my grandmother used to spit in the direction of a Catholic church
whenever she passed one on the street. After I read Daniel Goldhagen’s book, A Moral Reckoning, I am beginning to understand.

The short basis of the whole story is that Roman Catholicism and some Protestant denominations have taught their adherents a theory of supercessionism: that Jews cannot attain “grace” unless we submit to the acceptance of the worship of a Jewish carpenter as the “son” of G-d.

Many of us have never explored the canons of other religions and may be unaware of their teachings. Catholicism, which accepts our Bible only as their “Old Testament,” only adheres to
literal interpretations, vastly misconstruing many of the commandments and writings which have been explained and interpreted in the Oral Torah.

Even after the Shoah, Catholic schoolchildren were still being taught that the Jewish community of two millennia ago condemned Jesus of Nazareth to being crucified and killed by the Roman procurator, Pontius Pilate. According to Church teachings, they not only demanded his condemnation and eventual death but also accepted his blood on their own hands and on those of their still unborn children and their descendants. Aside from the
falseness of many of the details, this ignores the fact that the Torah, accepted by Christians as their “Old Testament,” explicitly exempts children from being blamed for the sins of their parents.

Goldhagen, who is also the author of Ordinary Germans and The Holocaust, places the primary responsibility for the Holocaust at the hands of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church for having created an atmosphere of intolerance toward Jews throughout Western history.

Not only has the Roman Catholic Church taught their adherents, and especially their young children, to hate and despise Jews; they promulgated special laws and rules that kept Jews
locked away in ghettos and treated them not even as second-class citizens, but as non-entities.

One of the first things that Goldhagen demands of the Church is admission of past errors as a first step toward remission.

Unfortunately, as A Moral Reckoning makes clear, so far the Church has an unfulfilled duty of repair. He says that there are some good people of the Church who would like to do the “right
things,” but that “politics” are preventing their efforts from coming to fruition.

He takes to task such halfhearted attempts to deal with their transgressions as “Vatican II,” and berates the Church for their steps toward at beatification and appointment to sainthood of
some of their luminaries such as Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli) – to whom Goldhagen attributes primary responsibility for sins of omission during the Shoah.

The book is divided into four parts: Part One delineates the issues; Part Two describes the actions and inactions (the acts of commission and of omission); Part Three weighs the responsibility of the players (“agents”) and Part Four calls for material, political and moral restitution.

There continues a steady stream of Holocaust literature, well after more than half a century after the close of the event, including many apologias sponsored by the Roman Catholic
Church and others. Strangely, there are few apologists for the primary perpetrators – the Germans who spawned the Nazi government which wiped out more than one-third of our people. Anti-Semitic speech and actions are civil and criminal offenses in Germany, which has provided many millions of dollars in restitution to the Jewish people (basically in the form of payments of support to Israel).

Must we ask any less from the Roman Catholic Church? First – an abject admission of guilt and an authentic apology; then, restitution. Perhaps they could even give us back our Temple
Menorah and other objects that were stolen from Jerusalem, and which are reputed to currently reside in a Vatican warehouse.

In the paperback’s Afterword, Mr. Goldhagen describes some of his experiences after the publication of A Moral Reckoning, including attempts at interfaith dialogue with representatives and officials of the Catholic Church. He comes away very disappointed
that although he has found many people of good will, many prelates and Church fathers still maintain positions and anti-Semitic attitudes he considers to have been a basic cause of
the Shoah.

Basically, Goldhagen accuses the New Testament gospels of untruthful testimony. He notes that the Catholic Church and many Protestant denominations have continued to rely on these
false testimonies to engender the continuation of prejudice and hate against the Jewish people. Whatever agenda the early Church fathers may have had in their attempts to gain supremacy
for the new Christian faith, that agenda should certainly be rescinded as dishonest in its implication of the entire Jewish people in the crucifixion, torture and death of Jesus.

Similar to our need to be able to reply to other false testimonies, such as The Protocols of The Elders of Zion (see Dismantling The Big Lie, Jacobs & Weitzman, 2003, Wiesenthal
Center, New York, NY), we need to be prepared to respond to the lies perpetrated by the gospels of the New Testament. It is unfortunate that when a Christian promises to tell “the Gospel truth” he or she is relying on a metaphor of truth based upon a falsehood.

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