Posted by Exile on February 7, 2008
The Pope has has caused a stir again. This time not with the muslims, but with those of the Jewish faith. It would appear that the Roman Catholic church is not prepared to accept the Jews. The whole affair concerns the rewriting of the good friday prayer that calls for the conversion of the Jews to the Christian faith. The old version of the prayer was dropped some years ago, but the Pope, in his infinite wisdom, has decided to revive it for general use and has rewritten the text to cause, shall we say, less iritation.
Unfortunately, the very inference that the jewish need converting is enough to set the rabbis calling for further change.
I am not religious. But I have to accept that some are. As far as I am concerned people can believe what they want to believe, as long as they leave me alone and don’t try forcing it down my neck. I respect their right to delude themselves that there is a divine being, somewhere out there in the vast expanse of the universe that Hubble can’t see, and that he, or she, does have a direct influence on their lives.
One would have thought that the Pope could do the same. After all, who says that his superstition is the right one? Imagine getting to the pearly gates and being told, “No. Sorry. You can’t come in. The Jews were right.” Frightening thought if you are a believer in one of the other trains of
For your enlightenment, or further delusion, as you see fit, here is the text of both the old and the new good friday prayer.
The original version
Let us pray also for the Jews: that almighty God may remove the veil from their hearts; so that they too may acknowledge Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty and eternal God, who dost also not exclude from thy mercy the 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 Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen
The revised version
We pray for the Jews. That our God and Lord enlighten their hearts so that they recognise Jesus Christ, the Saviour of all mankind.
Eternal God Almighty, you want all people to be saved and to arrive at the knowledge of the Truth, graciously grant that by the entry of the abundance of all peoples into your Church, Israel will be saved. Through Christ our Lord, Amen
What about the enlightenment of the muslims? Doesn’t that also concern the Pope? Or is he just a bit wary of including them after his last brush with the sons of Mohammed?
I would have thought that if anyone needs enlightening, it is them. And if ever Jerusalem and Israel needed saving, then surely we should be looking toward the conversion of the muslims.