April 10, 2008
Some Jews still upset as Pope readies U.S. visit
(Page 2 - Previous Page)But elsewhere, Kasper has been more equivocal, noting that the absence of "institutionalized" efforts to convert Jews does not mean Christians must "sit on their hands," according to an unofficial translation of a recent article that appeared originally in German.
That distinction, coupled with the absence of a clear statement on conversion from the Vatican last week, has led some to suppose that the church made a conscious decision not to endorse Kasper's earlier views.
"Kasper's views did not receive the hechsher from higher ups, so the way to correct this is for Pope Benedict himself to address the issue when he meets with Jewish leaders on April 17," said Seymour Reich, IJCIC's treasurer, who also stressed he was speaking in a personal capacity.
"Pope Benedict," he said, "is the only one who can put this issue aside."
Could be worse, pope-wise, as this video retelling of an old story reminds us
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