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Vatican releases Anti-Catholic Document on Judaism
On December 10, the Modernist Sect once again released another endless document attacking Catholic doctrine, this time — in view of the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of Vatican II — restating its heretical position on the Jews. The so-called “Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews”, which is actually part of the — get this — “Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian [!] Unity”, released the document The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable (Rom 11:29). The title is a favorite Scriptural quote the Vatican II Church deliberately distorts in service of its heretical claim that the Talmudic Jews of our day have a valid covenant with God and can thus attain salvation without conversion to the Catholic Faith. In other words, the Modernists believe that the Mosaic Covenant of the Old Testament is still in force today for the descendants of Annas and Caiaphas — that they actually don’t need to convert and accept Jesus Christ as the true Messiah!
The Vatican held a press conference for the release of this ghastly document:
In this newly-released document, the heresy that the Jews don’t need to convert to Catholicism is advanced somewhat confusedly as a Hegelian synthesis between the pre-Vatican II (and thus authentically Catholic) thesis that the Jews must become Catholic, and the explicit antithesis that the Jews have their own special parallel way of salvation. This enigmatic “middle way” the Vatican ascribes to an “unfathomable divine mystery” (n. 36) which supposedly found a way in 1965 to reconcile the two mutually contradictory positions:
Since God has never revoked his covenant with his people Israel, there cannot be different paths or approaches to God’s salvation. The theory that there may be two different paths to salvation, the Jewish path without Christ and the path with the Christ, whom Christians believe is Jesus of Nazareth, would in fact endanger the foundations of Christian faith. Confessing the universal and therefore also exclusive mediation of salvation through Jesus Christ belongs to the core of Christian faith. So too does the confession of the one God, the God of Israel, who through his revelation in Jesus Christ has become totally manifest as the God of all peoples, insofar as in him the promise has been fulfilled that all peoples will pray to the God of Israel as the one God (cf. Is 56:1-8). The document “Notes on the correct way to present the Jews and Judaism in preaching and catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church” published by the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews in 1985 therefore maintained that the Church and Judaism cannot be represented as “two parallel ways to salvation”, but that the Church must “witness to Christ as the Redeemer for all” (No.I, 7). The Christian faith confesses that God wants to lead all people to salvation, that Jesus Christ is the universal mediator of salvation, and that there is no “other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved” (Acts 4:12).
From the Christian confession that there can be only one path to salvation, however, it does not in any way follow that the Jews are excluded from God’s salvation because they do not believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah of Israel and the Son of God. Such a claim would find no support in the soteriological understanding of Saint Paul, who in the Letter to the Romans not only gives expression to his conviction that there can be no breach in the history of salvation, but that salvation comes from the Jews (cf. also Jn 4:22). God entrusted Israel with a unique mission, and He does not bring his mysterious plan of salvation for all peoples (cf. 1 Tim 2:4) to fulfilment without drawing into it his “first-born son” (Ex 4:22). From this it is self-evident that Paul in the Letter to the Romans definitively negates the question he himself has posed, whether God has repudiated his own people. Just as decisively he asserts: “For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable” (Rom 11:29). That the Jews are participants in God’s salvation is theologically unquestionable, but how that can be possible without confessing Christ explicitly, is and remains an unfathomable divine mystery. It is therefore no accident that Paul’s soteriological reflections in Romans 9-11 on the irrevocable redemption of Israel against the background of the Christ-mystery culminate in a magnificent doxology: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways” (Rom 11:33). Bernard of Clairvaux (De cons. III/I,3) says that for the Jews “a determined point in time has been fixed which cannot be anticipated”.
(Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, “‘The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable’ (Rom 11:29)”, nn. 35-36)
This is typical Vatican II speak. The strategy is always the same: Repeat a Catholic truth, then insert a “but” and state the opposite, then claim to be reconciling the two somehow and call it a development or say there’s a great “mystery” there. But God cannot contradict Himself, for He is all-knowing and immutable, and cannot deceive or be deceived. Besides, a contradiction can never be a development; it is always a corruption. Thus Vatican I taught emphatically: “Hence, also, that understanding of its sacred dogmas must be perpetually retained, which Holy Mother Church has once declared; and there must never be recession from that meaning under the specious name of a deeper understanding” (Dogmatic Constitution Dei Filius; Denz. 1800).
The Vatican’s new anti-Catholic document then goes on to explain that there can be no mission to the Jews, thus confirming in practice that they have indeed abandoned the traditional belief and teaching, which very much sought the conversion of the Jews (more on that later): “Here we confront the mystery of God’s work, which is not a matter of missionary efforts to convert Jews, but rather the expectation that the Lord will bring about the hour when we will all be united…” (n. 37). Ah, more “mystery”! Apparently St. Peter had misunderstood the Divine Commission (see Mt 28:19-20) when he told the Jews (!) to “do penance, and be baptized every one of you” in Acts 2:38.
Elaborating on this idea of non-mission to Jews — as though they conducted authentic evangelization for anyone else — the lengthy document states: “The Church is therefore obliged to view evangelisation to Jews, who believe in the one God, in a different manner from that to people of other religions and world views. In concrete terms this means that the Catholic Church neither conducts nor supports any specific institutional mission work directed towards Jews” (n. 40). But then — and here the Modernist tactic of confusing and contradicting once again reveals itself — some lipservice is paid to “witnessing” to the Jews to which Catholics are supposedly nevertheless somehow “called”: “While there is a principled rejection of an institutional Jewish mission, Christians are nonetheless called to bear witness to their faith in Jesus Christ also to Jews, although they should do so in a humble and sensitive manner, acknowledging that Jews are bearers of God’s Word, and particularly in view of the great tragedy of the Shoah” (n. 40).
Today’s Jews, of course, are not bearers of God’s Word but actually reject it: “He that is of God, heareth the words of God. Therefore you hear them not, because you are not of God” (Jn 8:47). That all are called to convert to the Gospel, including the Jews, is clear from the mandate given by Christ Himself: “And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned” (Mk 16:15-16). Surely “every creature” includes the Jews, no?
The text then suggests that this “witnessing” of Christians consists in merely “confess[ing] and proclaim[ing] the historical realisation of God’s universal will for salvation in Christ Jesus” rather than in “implement[ing]” it (n. 42) — again contradicting 2,000 years of Catholic doctrine, liturgy, history, and practice. No wonder the document can speak of “fundamental changes in relations between Christians and Jews which were initiated by ‘Nostra aetate’” (n. 45).
This fundamental shift between pre- and post-Vatican II doctrine on this point is perhaps most visible in the transformation of the public prayers offered for the Jews on Good Friday. The Catholic Church has always clearly, beautifully, and charitably prayed for nothing less than their conversion to the True Faith:
CATHOLIC PRAYER (before Vatican II):
Let us pray likewise for the faithless Jews: that the Lord our God may remove from their hearts the veil of unbelief: and that they may come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray.
Almighty and eternal God, who drivest not away from Thy mercy even the faithless Jews: hear our prayers, which we offer for the blindness of that people: that acknowledging the light of Thy truth, which is Christ, they may be delivered from their darkness. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God. world without end.
The Novus Ordo Sect, by contrast, has abandoned this prayer and the theology behind it, and replaced it with the following:
NOVUS ORDO PRAYER (after Vatican II):
Let us pray
For the Jewish people,
The first to hear the word of God,
That they may continue to grow in the love of his name
And in faithfulness to his covenant.
Almighty and eternal God,
Long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and his posterity.
Listen to your Church as we pray
That the people you first made your own
May arrive at the fullness of redemption.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
What many people don’t know is that a change in the Good Friday Prayer for the conversion of the Jews had been attempted before. In the 1920s, a short-lived Catholic association known as the Amici Israel (Friends of Israel) petitioned the Vatican for only one relatively small change, namely, the dropping of the word “faithless” to describe the Jews. Pope Pius XI shot down this suggestion and ordered the Amici Israel to be dissolved. In a decree released by the Holy Office, the Pope clarified and reiterated the Catholic teaching on the Jews as faithless indeed and having forfeited their status as the Chosen People:
…the Catholic Church has always been accustomed to pray for the Jewish people, who were the depository of divine promises up until the arrival of Jesus Christ, notwithstanding their subsequent blindness, or rather, because of this very blindness. Moved by that charity, the Apostolic See has protected the same people from unjust ill-treatment, and just as it censures all hatred and enmity among people, so it altogether condemns in the highest degree possible hatred against the people once chosen by God, viz., the hatred that now is what is usually meant in common parlance by the term known generally as “anti-Semitism.”
For in-depth analysis of the Good Friday Prayer controversy, please see the following two posts:
- “For Fear of the Jews”: The Novus Ordo Good Friday Prayer
- The Chosen People No More: Pope Pius XI clarifies Catholic Teaching on the Jews
The pseudo-magisterial origin of this heresy that the Jews need not convert to Catholicism is the anti-Catholic document Nostra Aetate, the Novus Ordo decree on non-Christian religions issued by the Second Vatican Council in late October 1965 and promulgated with the full (supposed) authority of the false pope Paul VI. Jorge Bergoglio — the Argentinian prankster running around the Vatican claiming to be Pope — is a particularly notorious proponent of this thesis. As “Archbishop” of Buenos Aires, he co-wrote a book with a Talmudic rabbi, in which he claimed:
There is a phrase from the Second Vatican Council that is essential: it says that God showed Himself to all men and rescues, first of all, the Chosen People. Since God is faithful to His promises, He did not reject them. The Church officially recognizes that the People of Israel continue to be the Chosen People. Nowhere does it say: “You lost the game, now it is our turn.” It is a recognition of the People of Israel.
(Jorge M. Bergoglio and Abraham Skorka, On Heaven and Earth [New York: Image, 2013], p. 188)
As “Pope”, the same Mr. Bergoglio claimed the following in his exhortation Evangelii Gaudium:
We hold the Jewish people in special regard because their covenant with God has never been revoked, for “the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable” (Rom 11:29). The Church, which shares with Jews an important part of the sacred Scriptures, looks upon the people of the covenant and their faith as one of the sacred roots of her own Christian identity (cf. Rom 11:16-18). As Christians, we cannot consider Judaism as a foreign religion; nor do we include the Jews among those called to turn from idols and to serve the true God (cf. 1 Thes 1:9). With them, we believe in the one God who acts in history, and with them we accept his revealed word.
Dialogue and friendship with the children of Israel are part of the life of Jesus’ disciples. The friendship which has grown between us makes us bitterly and sincerely regret the terrible persecutions which they have endured, and continue to endure, especially those that have involved Christians.
God continues to work among the people of the Old Covenant and to bring forth treasures of wisdom which flow from their encounter with his word. For this reason, the Church also is enriched when she receives the values of Judaism. While it is true that certain Christian beliefs are unacceptable to Judaism, and that the Church cannot refrain from proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Messiah, there exists as well a rich complementarity which allows us to read the texts of the Hebrew Scriptures together and to help one another to mine the riches of God’s word. We can also share many ethical convictions and a common concern for justice and the development of peoples.
One of the main errors in these frightening words is the idea that today’s Jews are the people of the Old Covenant. False! Absolutely false!
When the Old Covenant was at its end, its people had to convert to the New Covenant — because that is what the Old Covenant was meant to do: prepare people for acceptance of and conversion to the New and Eternal Covenant. The New Testament is full of testimony concerning this; for example:
Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly, that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have crucified. Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart, and said to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles: What shall we do, men and brethren? But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call.
But now he hath obtained a better ministry, by how much also he is a mediator of a better testament, which is established on better promises. For if that former had been faultless, there should not indeed a place have been sought for a second. For finding fault with them, he saith: Behold, the days shall come, saith the Lord: and I will perfect unto the house of Israel, and unto the house of Juda, a new testament: Not according to the testament which I made to their fathers, on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt: because they continued not in my testament: and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the testament which I will make to the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord: I will give my laws into their mind, and in their heart will I write them: and I will be their God, and they shall be my people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me from the least to the greatest of them: Because I will be merciful to their iniquities, and their sins I will remember no more. Now in saying a new, he hath made the former old. And that which decayeth and groweth old, is near its end.
Then said I: Behold, I come to do thy will, O God: he taketh away the first, that he may establish that which followeth.
It is not possible any longer today to be part of the Old Covenant because the Old Covenant is no more. It has ceased: “…the precepts of the old Law … as everybody knows have been revoked by the coming of Christ” (Fourth Admonition in the Greek Euchologion; qtd. by Pope Benedict XIV, Encyclical Ex Quo, n. 59). One cannot be in a covenant with God except the New and Eternal Covenant of Jesus Christ, in His holy Catholic Church. While of course it is possible to be a fleshly descendant of Abraham in our day, this carnal link accomplishes nothing, as our Blessed Lord explained to the Jews who rejected Him:
I know that you are the children of Abraham: but you seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and you do the things that you have seen with your father. They answered, and said to him: Abraham is our father. Jesus saith to them: If you be the children of Abraham, do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill me, a man who have spoken the truth to you, which I have heard of God. This Abraham did not. You do the works of your father. They said therefore to him: We are not born of fornication: we have one Father, even God. Jesus therefore said to them: If God were your Father, you would indeed love me. For from God I proceeded, and came; for I came not of myself, but he sent me: Why do you not know my speech? Because you cannot hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and he stood not in the truth; because truth is not in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof.
Once again the same objection is being raised today, not only by the Talmudic Jews themselves but even by the Vatican pleading on their behalf! Once again they say, “The Jews have one God, the Father”, and, “They are the children of Abraham.” But our Lord’s answer is clear and relentless. He had already taught before, “It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing” (Jn 6:64); and His forerunner, St. John the Baptist, had also told the Jews, “…think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father. For I tell you that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham” (Mt 3:9). The true children of Abraham, says St. Paul, are those who are His spiritual heirs in the New and only Covenant: “Know ye therefore, that they who are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham” (Gal 3:7).
The Novus Ordo Sect’s teaching on Judaism is a showcase of discontinuity with the Catholic (i.e. pre-Vatican II) doctrine. It is one clear piece of evidence that there has been a substantial change in teaching, not merely developingbut actually rejecting and contradicting the prior teaching, proving that this Modernist monstrosity in the Vatican is indeed a new (and therefore false) church, because it professes a different (and therefore false) faith.
The argument from Romans 11 the New Church keeps making is specious. In this eleventh chapter of his epistle to the Romans, St. Paul speaks about how the Gentiles have supplanted the Jews in the New Covenant, and he warns them not to become proud because of it, as this shows that they too can be supplanted:
For if God hath not spared the natural branches, fear lest perhaps he also spare not thee. See then the goodness and the severity of God: towards them indeed that are fallen, the severity; but towards thee, the goodness of God, if thou abide in goodness, otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the wild olive tree, which is natural to thee; and, contrary to nature, were grafted into the good olive tree; how much more shall they that are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, of this mystery, (lest you should be wise in your own conceits), that blindness in part has happened in Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles should come in. And so all Israel should be saved, as it is written: There shall come out of Sion, he that shall deliver, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. And this is to them my covenant: when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, indeed, they are enemies for your sake: but as touching the election, they are most dear for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance. For as you also in times past did not believe God, but now have obtained mercy, through their unbelief; so these also now have not believed, for your mercy, that they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded all in unbelief, that he may have mercy on all.
(Rom 11:21-32; underlining added.)
The Novus Ordo Sect has hijacked this text and twisted it to mean that somehow the Jews can be saved without accepting Christ, yet also somehow with and through Christ, whom they deny. This they call a great mystery and claim God is the author of it. This is their justification for not evangelizing the Jews.
What rubbish! The text is actually not all that difficult to understand: St. Paul warns the Gentiles that even though they have now been chosen instead of the Jews, neverthless they too are just as much in danger of falling away as the Jews did. He then makes clear that the Jews, too, can still be saved, but only under the condition that they “abide not still in unbelief”, and he notes that God has permitted this blindness on the part of the Jewish people for the sake of the Gentiles, and only “until the fulness of the Gentiles should come in”, that is, until the appointed time comes when all the Gentiles predestined by God have entered the true Church. Then the veil will be lifted from the Jews’ hearts, and they will convert to the Catholic Faith, to the true Church, and thus “all Israel will be saved”. It really isn’t that difficult.
The traditional Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture confirms this interpretation. On Romans 11:25-32 it notes:
From the present, [vv.] 1-24, St. Paul turns his attention to the future. The time will come when the present problem of Israel’s exclusion from the salvation of the Messias will cease to exist because of her conversion, which will follow upon the conversion of the Gentiles.
(Dom Bernard Orchard et al., A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture [London: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1953], n. 859i, p. 1072; underlining added.)
The matter is quite clear: At some point before the end of the world, the unbelieving Jews will convert to Catholicism and thus be saved — that is the Divine Mystery which St. Paul speaks of in v. 22, not salvation without conversion, which the Novus Ordo Church is putting forth!
So let’s think about what this means for our present situation: Since the Vatican II Sect’s teaching and practice is specifically not to target the Jews for conversion and not to preach Christ to them, they are actually delaying and obstructing the very fulfillment of the prophecy of St. Paul: the future mass conversion of the Jews! Under the pretext of adhering to Romans 11, the Novus Ordo Modernists are actually opposing its teaching diametrically. This is diabolical!
Fully consistent with this new false gospel, “Pope” Francis happily denies Jesus Christ in the presence of Jews, lest they be “offended” at the sight of their Loving Redeemer and perhaps be led to conversion, for nothing is more salutary than gazing upon a crucifix:
This last photo is of particular significance. It is posted at CrownHeights.info, a Jewish news site, and has the following caption:
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin paid a visit to Pope Francis in Rome, accompanied by his personal secretary Rivkah – an Orthodox-Jewish woman. When a person usually greets the pope, they shake his hand and bow down. But when Rivkah’s turn came to greet the pope, she explained to him that for religious reasons she could not shake his hand, nor could she bow down since he was wearing a cross. The pope then covered his cross with his hand, and bowed down to her!
(“Picture of the Day: Rivkah Would Not Bow”, CrownHeights.info, Sep. 6, 2015)
What did our Blessed Lord say about this again? “But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33). And St. John the Evangelist reminded us that “[w]hosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father” (1 Jn 2:23), because “every spirit that dissolveth Jesus, is not of God” (1 Jn 4:3). But then again, Sacred Scripture is so pre-Vatican II, isn’t it?!
How did the saints approach evangelization with regard to the Jews? Did they agree with today’s Modernist Vatican that there can be no mission to the Jews? Far from it: They labored for the conversion of all sinners, including Jews, to the True Faith and prayed for their perseverance in Faith, hope, and charity until the end of their lives so they would attain to eternal bliss in Heaven. We have a very beautiful concrete example in St. Vincent Ferrer, who entered a synagogue with a crucifix and preached the Gospel to the Jews assembled there, converting all of them and making the synagogue into a Catholic church (see Scan 1 and Scan 2 of the book St. Vincent Ferrer by Fr. Andrew Pradel, OP [London: Washbourne, 1875], pp. 287-288). The book can be read for free online at this link.
Another extremely inspiring and wonderful example is the miraculous conversion of the 19th-century secular Jew Marie-Alphonse Ratisbonne. He was converted from being a virulent anti-Catholic to becoming a Catholic priest, through an apparition by Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. His brother Marie-Theodore had already converted to Catholicism before him, and was ordained to the priesthood as well. Both convert priest brothers worked for the conversion of the Jews to the Catholic Faith. (You can read the book The Conversion of Marie-Alphonse Ratisbonne online here or purchase a paperback copy here.)
Two notable converts from Judaism in more recent times are former Socialist David Goldstein (d. 1958) and the former Chief Rabbi of Rome, Israel Zolli (d. 1956). Goldstein became a so-called Campaigner for Christ and produced several apologetical writings to help people convert to the Catholic Church, such as Letters of a Hebrew-Catholic to Mr. Isaacs (1943) and What Say You? (1945). Rabbi Israel Zolli converted to Catholicism shortly after World War II and took as his baptismal name Eugenio, in honor of Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli), who had had no small share in Zolli’s conversion. The former chief rabbi’s journey to the True Religion is recounted in his autobiography Before the Dawn (1953).
The traditional Catholic teaching on the necessity of the Jews to become Catholics is beautiful, clear, and simple. The people known today as “Jews” — those (at least putative) descendants of Abraham who reject the true Messiah, Jesus Christ — hold no special status and must, just like the Gentiles, enter the New and Everlasting Covenant of Jesus Christ, apart from whom there is no salvation (see Jn 8:24; Jn 14:6; Acts 4:12). This is the “grafting in” of which St. Paul speaks in Romanas 11:23. This can only be done by joining the true Roman Catholic Church, the “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim 3:15), outside of which there is no salvation:
[This council] firmly believes, professes, and proclaims that those not living within the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics cannot become participants in eternal life, but will depart “into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels” [Matt. 25:41], unless before the end of life the same have been added to the flock; and that the unity of the ecclesiastical body is so strong that only to those remaining in it are the sacraments of the Church of benefit for salvation, and do fastings, almsgiving, and other functions of piety and exercises of Christian service produce eternal reward, and that no one, whatever almsgiving he has practiced, even if he has shed blood for the name of Christ, can be saved, unless he has remained in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church.
(Council of Florence, Decree Cantate Domino; Denz. 714)
So then, let us pray to the Lord for the conversion of all people who are not yet in the true fold of Christ, His Mystical Body, especially the Jews: “Turn Thine eyes of mercy towards the children of the race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life” (Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus).
One thing seems certain: The conversion of the Jews prophesied in Rom 11:25-26 will not take place until Almighty God puts an end to that abominable Modernist sect in the Vatican, that “Church of Darkness” masquerading as the Catholic Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.