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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Jewish Roots of Catholic Christianity

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: To understand Catholicism, one must understand that our liturgy, traditions and sacraments are based on the Hebrew roots of Christ and the apostles. Catholic Christianity is in every sense a perfect extension of fulfilled Judaism into the modern world. Unlike Rabbinical Judaism (an artificial man-made extension of ancient Judaism) Catholic Christianity draws its faith and traditions from the actions of the Jewish Messiah -- Jesus Christ -- which is Yeshua HaMashiach in Hebrew. The Sacred Liturgy of the Mass draws from the liturgical proceedings of the Synagogue's Sabbath liturgy and the Jewish Passover Seder.

There are many things we can learn about this. Brother Bob Fishman (a Jewish convert to the Catholic Church or "Hebrew Catholic") gives us a good introduction to this. If you are Jewish, especially a Jew who already believes Jesus (Yeshua) is the Messiah, please consider coming home to his Catholic Church, the new Israel of God. The Association of Hebrew Catholics (click here) has been formed to assist you in this. If you are a Catholic, you simply MUST watch this whole video series to help you better understand the origin and meaning of your Catholic Christian faith. If you are a non-Catholic Christian (Protestant, Evangelical, "Born-Again," etc.) then it is essential to watch this video series for two reasons. First, you will gain a much better understanding of Catholicism which should help you dispel many misconceptions. Second, many Protestant traditions come from Catholicism, which in turn come from ancient Judaism. Understanding the Hebrew roots of Catholicism will in turn give you a better appreciation for some of the traditions and customs observed in your Non-Catholic faith too. The video below is a six-part series. Each new part should start automatically at the end of the previous. If you have difficulties with this, simply click on the YouTube icon within the video to go to the source webpage...

15 comments:

Laura said...

I could only watch the first part right now... but will watch the rest later today. Loved the part about casting the bread into the water and tying that to Our Lord.

For children - My daughter loves reading the All of a Kind Family book series by Sydney Taylor about an immigrant Jewish family in New York. The stories go into detail about the Jewish Holidays (from a kid's point of view).

Thanks for posting this Sir Knight, and I look forward to watching the rest of the videos.

Renée said...

When I was a Protestant I studied the Jewish holidays and mourned the loss of those beautiful celebrations in Christianity. If it was the true religion, I wondered, how could it have lost these rituals and traditions. These are the very things which keep a religion alive generation after generation.

Fast forward to five years ago. I had been visiting my local Catholic church for a few weeks and reading the forums at Catholic.com. By chance I attended the Easter Vigil. When the liturgy of the word started with its echos of the Passover seder, I wept and knew that the Catholic Church was the fullness of faith that I had been looking for. The next Easter Vigil I celebrated my confirmation and first communion and was welcomed into the church.

Anonymous said...

We should be very weary to say that many of our customs were established by Jews; we are part of the New Covenant and therefore all derives from Christ. I recommend the writings of Robert Sungenis. He's the only theologian who actually fights against the Jewish/Zionist influences within the Church.

Steve "scotju" Dalton said...

CK, even though I'm aware of the "Jewish" roots of the Church, I'm very leary of this Jewish Christian thing. The Church declared the law of Moses was no longer to be keep in the Church. Yet we see in church history that certain movements have tried to bring back parts or all of the Mosiac or rabbical law into the life of the church. These efforts are well documented in "The Plot Against The Church" by Maurice Piay and "Jewish Influence on Christian Reform Movements" by Rabbi Louis I Newman. All the 'reform movements' mentioned by Newman and Pinay are the heresies like Arianism, that have bedeviled the Church from day one. And both authors claim, from different perspectives,that the driviing force behind these heresies was Judaism. Both of them give plenty of proof that Jews as individuals or organized groups have given moral, spiritual, and financial support to these Anti-Christian groups. And these groups would return the favour by allowing Jews to have a prominent place in the political and financial affairs of the cities, towns, and countries that they controled, to the determint of the welfare of the Church. So, I can't help but feel this Hebrew Catholic thing well be nothing but bad news for the Church in the long run.

The Catholic Knight said...

The AHC has the approval of Cardinal Buke, and I think the reason why is because the AHC has no desire or goal to change anything within the Church. It's not a "reform movement" of any kind. In fact, it encourages Jewish converts to just be good Catholics, while accommodating whatever special needs they may have to make that happen. Beyond that, the AHC is only interested in education, in helping Catholics appreciate the Hebrew origins behind ancient Catholic tradition. Again the emphasis is on helping Catholics just be good Catholics, nothing more and nothing less, with no attempt to "reform" or change the Church in any way. That's probably why Cardinal Burke approves of them. He understands the AHC is just a support group, not a reform movement.

Steve "scotju" Dalton said...

"A support group". Why? If they want to practise Judaism, why don't they just stay in the synagogue? The Apostle Paul makes it quite clear in Galatians and Hebrews that the law of Moses, Phariseeism, and the New Covenant can't exist side by side in the Church. And church history makes it clear that to allow the practise and celebration of any Jewish customs will always cause problems for the church. The Church has always forbidden Judaizing under the penalty of excommunication. The fact that Cdl. Burke approved of this thing doesn't impress me. The Magisterium has always taught : no Judaizing. Cdl. Burke willfully ignored church history and church law when he gave his approval to the AHC. The Jews who come into the Catholic Church should just assimilate just like any other ethnic or non-Catholic group. It's ridiculous to claim you're a member of one group when you have joined other one. And since the Jews reject anyone who accepts Christianity as a Jew anyway, it's a hypocritical farce to claim that you are one. I'm of Marrano Jew ancestory, but I'll never claim I'm Jewish, because I don't practise Judaism, I'm Catholic and my actual culture is Scot-Irish. These 'Hebrew Catholcs' need to stop the fantasy role playing nonsense, and fully embrace their idenity as Catholics.

Ann said...

It has been awhile since I read the relevant history, and memory has faded a bit, but I think a number of popes in the past warned against any involvement in the Jewish religion.

Anonymous said...

agree 100% with Mr Dalton. Paul also had to deal with the "judaizers" of NT times. If this were so, Catholics would be obligated to practice kosher and worship on the sabbath. The truth is, the CHURCH is the new Israel. Plus, the church needs to stop kow towing to those zionists who wish to attribute guilt to the church for "2000 years of anti semitism" Pete Frey

The Catholic Knight said...

Agreed Pete, but the AHC are neither Judaizers nor Zionists. They affirm that the Catholic Church is the new Israel of God.

The Catholic Knight said...

They don't even call themselves "Jews" anymore. The term "Hebrew" is simply an acknowledgement of their ancestral origin, sort of like an Irish Catholic or an Italian Catholic.

Benoit Meyrieux said...

I must say that I am always dumfounded to read Catholics denouncing the "Judaization" of the Church.
To be short, Jesus was a Jew, in establishing the New Covenant he restored Israel (in other words he founded the Church)and allowed the Gentiles to partake to the blessings of the Jewish people.
It is a reinterpretation of History and of the Catholic faith to see Jewish people as somewhow being foreign to the Church.
Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, was sent first to his people then to the nations.
Being Jewish does not add anything to the dignity of baptism. However one cannot understand fully his Christian faith without considering salvation history and the role of Jewish people, yesterday (coming of Jesus the Messiah) and today (second coming...

Anonymous said...

"Agreed Pete, but the AHC are neither Judaizers nor Zionists."


I think that you should take a closer look at their writings. They are hardcore zionists, racial separatists (I didn't find any trace of supremacism, but separatism is present) and (yes!) talmudists, while calling themselves "catholics".

It's not just an acknowledgment of their origin and it is not comparable at all with Irish, Italian or Polish Catholics.

Anonymous said...

"I must say that I am always dumfounded to read Catholics denouncing the "Judaization" of the Church."

So you're probably dumfounded to read the traditional writings of the Church. Warnings against judaization are as old as the Church itself - you can find them even in the New Testament.


"To be short, Jesus was a Jew, in establishing the New Covenant he restored Israel (in other words he founded the Church)and allowed the Gentiles to partake to the blessings of the Jewish people."

It's an example of the heretical "dual covenant theology" and should not take part in any serious discussion about the Church.

"It is a reinterpretation of History and of the Catholic faith to see Jewish people as somewhow being foreign to the Church."

Now, Jews are certainly foreign to the Church, since they all follow, - as Catholic Knight wisely said - the man-made religion of Rabbinical Judaism in its varied forms.

It is not a reinterpretation - it's 100% traditional.

Let's make it clear: Millions of jews converted to Catholicism in the past without any "Hebrew Catholic Association" - actually, conversion from Judaism to Catholicism was far more common in the past than nowadays. The only associations that existed were directed to the conversions of jews and the assimilation in the Body of Christ (The great Alphonse Ratisbone, himself a jew converted to Catholicism, founded one of these). Hebrew Catholics are completely different. They want to create an ethnic/religious bantustan inside the Church and it's perfectly clear in their writings.


There are no "associations of Irish or Polish catholics", because these groups don't seek ethnic distinctiveness in the Church.

Guy Jacks said...

I'm Jewish and I want to join the church and live the Catholic life to the full and accept everything the church teaches. But when I become Catholic. Will I be treated in an other way? Because I just want to be seen as a Catholic like anyone else. And a rabbi told me that it doesn't matter that I become Catholic because I'll still be Jewish...

Catholic Knight said...

Guy Jacks,

A Catholic Christian is a Catholic Christian -- period. It does not matter what your ethnic or cultural heritage is. For in the Church there is neither Jew nor Gentile. If you're a Catholic, then you're a Catholic -- period.

Now as for your ethnic and cultural heritage, that is your business and nobody else's. You can remember your heritage as much or as little as you like. The "Hebrew Catholic" movement is for those who want to remember their heritage and keep their family traditions alive. There are other Jews who prefer just to forget it all and not get involved in such things. Once you're a Catholic, the choice is yours. Do what you like.

To become Catholic, all you need to do is visit a local Catholic parish and ask to talk to the priest. He will direct you. The process is not difficult at all. It's much easier than becoming Jewish.

As for your rabbi, I suppose he is technically accurate if your mother is Jewish you will always be Jewish as far as the synagogue is concerned. But again, that is your business. Nobody in the Church will care, and it doesn't affect Church membership in any way. So if he was implying that it would, or that people would treat you differently, he is wrong about that part. If you want to keep it private, that's your prerogative. If you want to tell people, it won't make any difference. Catholicism was founded by Jews, so it should fit like a glove anyway. There are hundreds of thousands of ethnic Jews in the Catholic Church today, and the descendants of Jews who entered the Catholic Church in the past number in the millions. You would never know it because most Catholics with Hebrew heritage don't brag about it, and just don't see it as a big deal. Suffice it to say, the Catholic Church has never been without ethnic Jews in its 2000 year history.