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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Top Jewish Rabbi Pleased With Vatican - Accuses Left-Wing Liberal Catholics Of Fueling Attack On Pope

(LifeSiteNews.com) - A prominent Jewish Rabbi who represents over 1000 Rabbis in North America spoke to LifeSiteNews.com last week regarding the recent controversy around Pope Benedict XVI and his lifting the excommunication of the four bishops of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX). Rabbi Yehuda Levin says he sees the media attack on Pope Benedict as being more about the influx of morally conservative Catholics into the mainstream of the Catholic Church, rather than anything else, including the holocaust denial of one of the SSPX bishops, which has received widespread media coverage.

The SSPX faithful, in addition to offering the Mass in its ancient Latin form, are also known for their orthodoxy on moral matters. The mainstreaming of such Catholics into the Church would boost the numbers of pro-life and pro-family Catholics significantly, especially in Europe.

Rabbi Levin said that he believed that the Vatican has dealt appropriately with the controversial comments by SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson. However, he said this while will put to rest the "ridiculous" suggestions that the Pope is anti-Semitic, it will not end the controversy.

"At this point there has been a wonderfully strong renunciation of Bishop Williamson by the Vatican and therefore the Jewish community from their statements seems to be satisfied that things are going in the right way," he said. "This is just going to increase the frenzy of left wing Catholics, whether outside the Church or inside, because they now have to carry the ball in terms of keeping the attack on the Pope going....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The good rabbi is right, and has good insight I might add. Yes, this attack on the pope no longer has anything to do with the Jews. Few would say it ever did. This is about one thing and one thing only. Liberal Catholics don't like this pope. They want to take him down, and they'll stop at nothing to do it. This latest controversy just serves as another vehicle of attack.

It's a long story, and one I can't do justice here in such a short amount of time to write, but basically it comes down to this. The Second Vatican Council was hijacked by liberal Catholics who sought to recreate the Church in their own image. The Council itself was perfectly legitimate, and 100% pastoral, as the opening statement of the council proclaimed, and Pope Paul VI confirmed after the council was closed. The objective of the conciliar bishops was to keep this council in low profile compared to the First Vatican Council and the Council of Trent. They did this by refusing to define any particular doctrine infallibly. They did make infallible statements of course, but only by restating what had already been defined as infallible by previous Church councils. Nothing new was defined infallibly, and the conciliar bishops simply sought to set new pastoral guidelines for the Church.

After the close of the council, however, certain elements within the Church - particularly liberal Catholics - invoked the "spirit of Vatican II" as a mantra to justify the additional changes THEY believed the council intended to make, but never actually got around to putting on paper. It is during this time period, in the late 1960s to early 1970s, that this conflict within the Church began.

Liberal Catholics took the low profile Second Vatican Council, which was intended to be pastoral, and elevated it to the level of "super-dogma." By that I mean they interpreted Vatican II in a vacuum, as if none of the previous ecumenical councils ever happened, and Vatican II took the Church back to the drawing board with a blank slate. They were starting over from scratch, and Vatican II was their launching pad. Invoking the ambiguous "spirit of Vatican II" they attempted to change everything; from Church architecture, to liturgical vestments, to traditional customs, to historical devotions, to prayer books, to catechisms, to parish structure, to Church governance, the list goes on and on. Their greatest achievement however was the Missal of Pope Paul VI, frequently referred to as the "Novus Ordo Mass," and officially known as the "Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite." The liturgy itself has a few problems, many of which will probably be worked out in the years ahead. However, the biggest problem with the Novus Ordo is it's relaxed rubrics, which allow for more innovation and experimentation.  

Now I should point out here that Vatican II never called for any of these things.  They were all inventions of the post-conciliar era.  Many of them denied Catholic history.  Some were inappropriate, and some of them were downright illicit.

The liberals gained almost complete control of the Church during the 1970s. The election of Pope John Paul II was the turning point. While Pope John Paul II did little to turn back the advance of liberal Catholicism, he did manage to stop it from progressing any further. Liberal Catholics were extremely frustrated by this, and toward the end of his papacy many of them longed for his death, hoping a future pope would allow them to advance their liberal agenda even further. What they got however was Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger), a moderate theologian by overall historic standards, liberal by 1950 standards, but an "arch-conservative" in the eyes of today's liberal Catholics seeking full control of the Church. Since his election they have not failed to capitalize on every opportunity to criticize him and call for his resignation.

So here we are, nearly four years into his pontificate, and the usual suspects are at it again. This time its the lifting of an excommunication on a Holocaust denying bishop. Though the removal of the excommunication had nothing to do with the bishops private views, the Vatican sprung into action quickly, demanding full repentance for the controversial bishop. The SSPX has censured him, the Vatican has called for him to recant. In short, everything was done right, and the top Jewish leaders agree, many of whom have been very pleased with the pope's reaction to all this. The controversy rages on however, fueled no longer by Jewish concerns, but rather by left-wing liberal Catholics looking for another opportunity to take this pope down. This time they're using the suffering of the Jewish people to their advantage. It's starting to get obvious now. Even the Jews, who are the supposed victims in this latest uproar, are starting to see it for what it really is.  They don't seem to happy about it.