Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Letter to the Polish Roman Catholic Bishop Re: Holocaust Denial

AJC Slams Polish Bishop's Holocaust Denial

Really, Bishop Tadeusz Pieronek? So, the Holocaust is a Jewish invention? Does that make anti-Semitism a Roman Catholic invention? It's only harsh if that's the way you make it seem, right? If a certain percentage of people who died in Hiroshima were not Japanese, should we stop feeling that this was a tragedy for the Japanese? What's your point? Is this a "Big Boy" vs "Little Boy" controversy you're stirring up, or is this your way of saying that your church is miffed that the Septuagint (Alexandrian canon) is not recognized by the Jewish elite (this happened 2000 years ago and people are still bitter)? Is this a lesson for them, that they shouldn't be so racist, and let those Greek books in? I just don't understand your animosity which spills over from your spiritual (?) world into the real world where real people suffer because of your bitter, insensitive and out-of-touch words.

It's not enough that American children get beaten up by Catholic kids when they learn that "the Jews" killed their God. I've been learning that some Catholics chatting online are angry that their Eucharist tradition was propagandized by "the Jews" (again, some 2000 years ago) as being a cannibalistic ritual (it's not - it's only in the abstract). So, is all the blood libel crap payback, too? I could hardly believe that such ignorant people as those who would give ear to the stupid and malicious conspiracy theories (of which there are zillions, mostly more amusing than your average "capitalizing off of Jewish tragedy" sloth) could hold positions as the highest ranking church leaders.

Holocaust deniers have no right to be spiritual leaders, because there is no good that could ever come of the denial or minimizing of anyone's pain. Understanding, and being proactive to help heal the wounds, is a far better message for a church professing the love God has for all mankind. Don't worry - no amount of genuflecting to Jews would take away the focus from the Catholic church's child sex abuse crimes, but showing a smidgen of respect to those who have SUFFERED and DIED would help redeem the reputation of the church just a little, in the eyes of those who would like so much to forgive you so we could all finally be free. If you're so concerned about the gypsies, Polish and Germans, why don't you speak for them, instead of pointing fingers at who's not?

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The Catholic Church and the Blood Libel Myth: A Complicated Story by Massimo Introvigne

Italy's new ghetto? by Tana de Zulueta Monday 30 March 2009

"The Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 was the first to proclaim the requirement for Jews to wear something that distinguished them as Jews (and Muslims the same). It could be a coloured piece of cloth in the shape of a star or circle or square, a Jewish hat (already a distinctive style), or a robe. In many localities, members of medieval society wore badges to distinguish their social status. Some badges (such as guild members) were prestigious, while others ostracised outcasts such as lepers, reformed heretics and prostitutes..." Wiki: Antisemitism in Europe (Middle Ages) (1/2) - Wapedia