Rabbi takes Pope Francis to task for anti-Semitic rhetoric

From Matthew Schmitz at First Things

In a recent letter on the return of Catholic anti-Judaism, Giuseppe Laras, a prominent Italian rabbi, objects to the homilies of Pope Francis for their promotion of false and dangerous anti-Jewish stereotypes. Laras perceives “an undercurrent—with the text a bit more manifest now—of resentment, intolerance, and annoyance on the Christian side toward Judaism; a substantial distrust of the Bible and a subsequent minimization of the Jewish biblical roots of Christianity; a more or less latent ‘Marcionism’ now presented in pseudo-scientific form, which today focuses insistently on ethics and politics.”

Laras is aware of and grateful for recent improvements in Catholic understanding of Judaism—but he laments that these seem to be lost on Francis: More.

Reality check: Anti-Semitism is now, quite simply, a progressive cause. And another reason for progressives to feel at home with Islamists. As campuses continue to rot intellectually, it may become a staple of snowflake culture too.

See also: Dennis Prager on Jews who love their enemies

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  • Abu Nudnik

    What’s preposterous about Frances is his willingness to, the paraphrase him, sit in the chair of St. Peter and judge those who, in his words, “sit in the chair of Moses and judge.”

    The rabbi’s description of “latent ‘Marcionism’ now presented in pseudo-scientific form” is a pretty good analysis of the materialistic turn of this social-justice-warrior pope. One would have thought sin had been routed and his former spiritual responsibilities were ended.

    It’s also interesting that the author of the text you link to, Matthew Schmitz, laments that the criticism doesn’t come from inside the Church but from the people he insults who he says are understandably not happy with the insults but, in almost the same breath refers to them himself as “vain, clothes-mad women; bitter, rule-obsessed Jews.” What “clothes-mad” has to do with being divorced is beyond me. What rule-obsession has to do with how the Church views the divorced and remarried also makes me scratch my head.

  • le.freak

    the moron who hides the crucifix not to offend kikes can’t possibly be antisemitic, if anything he’s anti-catholic mocking everything that smells of traditionalism. http://novusordowatch.org/2014/05/francis-hides-cross-from-jewish-rabbis/

  • le.freak

    And why is it thtat every RINO walks on eggshells around Jews, like they’re holy or something. Should I remember you, Jews control the media, Jews control immigration policies, a Jew called George Soros aided and abeted the muslim invasion to Europe and the US, Jews spit on nuns and vandalize churches in Israel.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Hmm, I’ve smelled this antisemitic vomit before. It is a lie that Jews control immigration policies. Neither Merkel, Obama or the Swedish socialist oligarchy are Jews. Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian population is growing. As for Soros, Jesus was more Jewish than he is.

    • Minicapt

      Have you tried suicide? Film it, and if successful, post to YouTube.


  • BillyHW

    I wish someone would take “Pope” Francis to task for his anti-Catholic rhetoric.

  • FactsWillOut

    What kind of afterlife do those who reject Jesus Christ as our Lord ans Savior get?
    Is a Christian saying Jews, Muslims, Hindus and atheists will burn in Hell an anti-semite?

  • I must have missed something.

    What, exactly, did Pope Francis say that was so offensive to the rabbi?

    • FactsWillOut

      Strangely, the article doesn’t mention it.