by Aaron Hoffman at Mystical Paths
I just finished reading the book Catholics, Jews and the State of Israel which claimed good understanding of the Israeli situation and relations with Israel among Catholics. Either the book was wrong, current Catholic teaching documents are ignored or anti-semitism is alive and well in the Catholic hierarchy - or all three....
The director of Israel’s government press office accused members of the Catholic clergy of being "unable to accept the restoration of the Jewish people to the land of Israel" despite the reconciliation efforts of Pappies John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
Daniel Seaman rejected recent criticism by Irish and German Catholic delegations to Israel as "appeasement" of Palestinians and an assertion of Xian dominance in the Holy Land. A German bishop visiting Israel last week compared conditions in Ramallah to the Warsaw ghetto under the Nazis. And last month Dad Eoin Cassidy, chairman of the International Subcommittee of the Irish Commission for Justice and Social Affairs, controversially invoked the Holocaust as imposing a moral imperative on Israelis to treat the Palestinians better.
"The humble Jew is the clearest expression of Xian dominance, but they are unable to balance a strong Israel with 2,000 years of religious teaching," Seaman said.
Seaman was in Dublin to debate Palestinian Delegate General Hikmat Ajurri and others on bias in Irish media coverage of the Israeli-Arab conflict. He said although he understood Irish sympathy for the "difficult circumstances" of the Palestinians, he thought the Irish media had a "perception of the conflict that isn’t based in reality." - Source.
There are many good people out there, but institutional bais among the church is clear.
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Friday, March 16, 2007
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