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Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Bravo, Mark Cameron!

Mark gets an InstaNod in the discussion over the Catholic Church and anti-Semitism. Scroll down to the bottom for his take on the discussion. I think he pretty well nails it, too:

As a Catholic who is pro-Israel and, with reservations, pro-war with Iraq, I understand (and share) your frustration with the Vatican's cosy dealings with tyrants, and particularly Arab dictators. However, the accusation of anti-Semitism is, I believe, unfounded. I think you have to separate Vatican diplomacy which, I agree, is quite unbalanced and anti-Israel, from Catholic theology towards Judaism, which has seen remarkable changes in the past forty or so years. Since Vatican II's Nostra Aetate (1965), the Church has unequivocally condemned anti-Semitism. Even before then, the Church had moved to remove anti-Semitic remnants from the liturgy and had distanced itself from priests (like Fr. Coughlin and Feeney in America) who published anti-Semitic materials....All of this being said, the Vatican has problems with the State of Israel for several reasons.

As the proverb goes--read the whole thing.

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