I have added three photos and additional data to the previous reporting on the pope's pilgrimage to the synagogue of Rome on January 17.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POPE BENEDICT XVI AND THE APOSTLE PAUL:
"...he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus."
(Acts 18: 28)
To refute the heirs of the Pharisees now, in 2010, as Paul did in the first century A.D., is a sinful "scourge" according to the "Vicar of Christ on earth," Benedict XVI.
Pope Benedict XVI in the synagogue in Rome, Jan. 17, A.D. MMX
The Pope with his pal, Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni
Opposition to the religion of Judaism (Mark 3:6; Mark 7: 1-8; Matthew 3:7; Matthew 5:20; Matthew 12:14 & 24; Matthew 15:1-20; Matthew 21:33-41; Matthew 22:15; Matthew 23: 13, 15, 23, 25-27 & 29; Luke 11: 42-43; Luke 16:14; John 9:22; John 10:31; John 11:8 & 53-54; John 18:14; John 19:7, 12, 38; Acts 12:3; Acts 13:45 & 50; Acts 14:2 & 19; Acts 17:5; Acts 20:3 & 19; Acts 21:27; Acts 23:12 & 27; Acts 25: 2, 7 & 15; Acts 26:21; 1 Corinthians 1:23; Galatians 2:13; I Thessalonians 2:14-16; Rev. 2:9; Rev. 3:9) is a scourge:
In his speech at the synagogue, which, according to Britain's Catholic Herald newspaper (Jan. 22) was "loudly applauded" by the Judaics who were present, Pope Benedict apologized for the "failings of [the Church's] sons and daughters"* and begged "forgiveness for all that could in any way have contributed to the scourge of anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism."
*"...failings of [the Church's] sons and daughters" e.g. the "failings" of Jesus Christ, the Apostles, the Fathers of the early Church; St. Thomas Aquinas; St. Vincent Ferrer; St. Maximilian Kolbe etc.
THE REVOLUTIONARY OVERTHROW OF THE GOSPEL IS ACKNOWLEDGED:
Rabbi David Rosen, a key player in interreligious dialogue and a former Chief Rabbi of Ireland, explains the shift in Catholic attitudes to Judaism. He says that there "is no transformation comparable to this development of relationships between Catholics and Jews. To have seen a community first as rejected by God, belonging to the Devil and to then shift to viewing that same community as the authentic roots of Christianity; and as Pope John Paul II put it, 'the dearly beloved elder brother of the Church of the original Covenant never broken and never to be broken', that is a mind-boggling transformation."
"...turning revolutionary moments into institutions"
The visit to the synagogue, Rabbi Rosen says, was turning revolutionary moments into institutions. He said: "By visiting the Roman synagogue Benedict XVI is making it very difficult for a subsequent pope not to pay such a visit. John Paul II's visit could have been a one-off, but now with Benedict XVI's visit there is a sense of continuity."
Researched and compiled by Michael Hoffman
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