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So the Pope did change the prayer…

But I am inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt after going nuts with despair when I first heard about it.  “All he is going to do,” said I, “is make the Jews mad, make the Traditionalists mad, make the liberal/progressives mad, make the conservatives mad, and give the Evangelical Protestants more ammo to accuse the Pope of being a Ecumaniac!”  Well, come to think of it, I think my feelings were right, and Mr. Foxman (the epitome of reasoned, thoughtful commentary) with his “Christian” friends decried the Popes decision, many Catholics are all bent out of shape about this.

But let’s look at it a moment.  He changed the wording, but, logically, it still says the same thing.  The Jews need illumination… because they are already illumined??  No, because they are in… what… darkness.  In the first major liturgical act since the ridiculous prayers of the Novus Ordo Good Friday Prayers (Happy Friday I should say… I’m good, you’re good, hell, even the Jews are good!), the Pope has reiterated that the Jews are still in need of the Savior of all men, and someday, all Israel will be saved by the fullness of the Gentiles coming in.  I think this will bring a debate that has gone on in the clouds too long down to earth.  Is the Catholic Church the New Israel?  What does this mean?  This may precipitate a changing of the current NO Good Friday prayers.  But now I am dreaming…


February 6, 2008 - Posted by | Catholicism, Liturgy, Religion

1 Comment »

  1. Actually if you look at the scriptural text, the Pope has deftly achieve a brilliant(IMO) text. He simply moved the prayer from explicit to implicit. The actual position didn’t change. IOWs he moved from verses 30- 32 to vs. 25 of Romans 11. The context that Jews need to convert and St. Paul’s meaning is simply left unsaid, but implied. I doubt that the media or the Jewish community have picked up on it, but it was pretty clear to me.

    Comment by quickbeamoffangorn | February 15, 2008

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