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Jews See New Pope as an Ally, ADL Applauds Choice of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio March 22, 2013

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As Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis “has had a warm relationship with the Jewish community of Argentina, and enjoyed close friendships with many prominent rabbis,” said Rabbi David Rosen, international director of interreligious affairs at the American Jewish Committee.

“We welcome Pope Francis I to his new role as leader of the Catholic Church,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said in a statement. “Catholic-Jewish relations had remained a focus of Pope Benedict XVI and we look forward to continuing the solid foundation that already exists for interfaith dialogue.”

Other Jewish leaders and scholars noted that Francis’ relatively advanced age — 76 — is important to the Jewish community, in that the Holocaust™ happened during his lifetime and can conjure memories for him of the horrors to which antisemitism can lead.

Jews Worldwide See an Ally in Pope Francis

“Those who said Benedict was the last pope who would be a pope that lived through the Shoah™, or that said there would not be another pope who had a personal connection to the Jewish people, they were wrong,” said Rabbi David Rosen.

“The Latin American Jewish Congress has had a close relationship with Jorge Bergoglio for several years,” Claudio Epelman, executive director of the Latin American Jewish Congress, told JTA. “We know his values and strengths. We have no doubt he will do a great job leading the Catholic Church.”

In his visit to the Buenos Aires synagogue, according to the Catholic Zenit news agency, Bergoglio told the congregation that he was there to examine his heart “like a pilgrim, together with you, my elder brothers.

“Today, here in this synagogue, we are made newly aware of the fact that we are a people on a journey and we place ourselves in God’s presence,” Zenit quoted the then-archbishop as saying.

New Pope, Jorge Mario Bergogli of Argentina, Has Jewish Connections


The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as the next Pope Francis I, applauding his close relationship with the Jewish community.

Under his leadership in Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergogolio made important strides in maintaining positive Catholic-Jewish relations following the transformational papacies of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI – pontiffs who launched historic reconciliation between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people.

Cardinal Bergoglio maintained a close relationship with the Jewish community in Argentina. He has celebrated various Jewish holidays with the Argentinian Jewish community, including Chanukah where he lit a candle on the menorah, attended a Buenos Aires synagogue for Slichot, a pre-Rosh Hashana service, the Jewish New Year, as well as a commemoration of Kristallnacht, the wave of violent Nazi attacks against Jews before World War II.

In 2010, he together with Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka, published the book “On Heaven and Earth” addressing issues of interfaith dialogue. The new Pope’s sensitivity to the Jews emerges from this work in his comments on the Church’s approach to the Jewish people since Vatican II, the Holocaust and the Arab-Israeli conflict.”

ADL Applauds Choice of New Pope

Here we see Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) praying and celebrating Hanukkah with the Jews in Argentina:

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”

– Jesus Christ, Gospel of Matthew

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1. The Prodigal Son - March 22, 2013

“If any clergymen, or laymen, enter a synagogue of Jews, or of heretics, to pray, let him be both deposed and excommunicated.”

– Canon LXV of the Holy Apostles

2. The Prodigal Son - March 22, 2013

St. John Chrysostom, the Golden Mouthed

Homily I:


(1) Many, I know, respect the Jews and think that their present way of life is a venerable one. This is why I hasten to uproot and tear out this deadly opinion. […]

When God forsakes a people, what hope of salvation is left? When God forsakes a place, that place becomes the dwelling of demons.

(2) But at any rate the Jews say that they, too, adore God. God forbid that I say that. No Jew adores God!

Who says so? The Son of God says so. For he said: “If you were to know my Father, you would also know me. But you neither know me nor do you know my Father”.

Could I produce a witness more trustworthy than the Son of God?

(3) If, then, the Jews fail to know the Father, if they crucified the Son, if they thrust off the help of the Spirit, who should not make bold to declare plainly that the synagogue is a dwelling of demons?

God is not worshipped there. Heaven forbid! From now on it remains a place of idolatry. But still some people pay it honor as a holy place.

– Excerpt from Adversus Judaeos by St. John Chrysostom

Read the rest at orthodox-christianity.com

3. The Prodigal Son - March 25, 2013

Pope at Installation Gives ‘Shout-out’ to Jews

Rome’s chief rabbi attends inauguration, along with more than a dozen other Jewish representatives.

Pope Francis gave a ‘shout-out’ to Jews during the open-air Mass that formally installed him as pontiff.

Francis began his homily Tuesday by greeting the Catholic dignitaries and faithful in the huge crowd that crammed St. Peter’s Square and the surrounding area. He thanked “representatives of the other Churches and ecclesial Communities, as well as the representatives of the Jewish community and the other religious communities, for their presence.”

Among the crowd were Rome’s chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni; Riccardo Pacifici, the president of the Rome Jewish community; and more than a dozen other Jewish representatives.

It is said to be the first time that Rome’s chief rabbi has attended a papal inauguration.

Francis’s predecessor, Benedict XVI, had invited Di Segni to his inauguration on April 24, 2005, but Di Segni did not attend because it was the first day of Passover.

Benedict also singled out Jews in his welcoming remarks, greeting “with great affection … you, my brothers and sisters of the Jewish people, to whom we are joined by a great shared spiritual heritage, one rooted in God’s irrevocable promises.”

From Ha’aretz

4. The Prodigal Son - March 25, 2013

New Pope Has Solid Relationships With Argentina’s Jewish Community


Pope Francis I was the archbishop of Buenos Aires when he met with Claudio Epelman, executive director of the Latin American Jewish Congress, in 2012

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Argentinian cardinal who was elected pope this week and has taken the name Francis I, is said to have a good relationship with Argentinian Jews.

As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio, 76, attended Rosh Hashanah services at the Benei Tikva Slijot synagogue in September 2007.

(…) Israel Singer, the former head of the World Jewish Congress, said he spent time working with Bergoglio when the two were distributing aid to the poor in Buenos Aires in the early 2000s, part of a joint Jewish-Catholic program called Tzedaka.

(…) Last November, Bergoglio hosted a Kristallnacht memorial event at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral with Rabbi Alejandro Avruj from the NCI-Emanuel World Masorti congregation.

(…) “The Latin American Jewish Congress has had a close relationship with Jorge Bergoglio for several years,” said Claudio Epelman, executive director of the Latin American Jewish Congress.

From jweekly.com

5. The Prodigal Son - March 31, 2013

Pope Francis Extends Passover Greetings to Jewish Community


“Yeah, I’m wearing a yarmulke… SO?”

Pope Francis on Monday extended his wishes to Rome’s chief rabbi and Jews worldwide in a gesture aimed at strengthening relations between the two religions, as the Jewish world marks the beginning of the holiday of Passover.

In his message to Rabbi Riccardo di Segni, the pope said he hoped “that the Almighty, who freed his people from slavery in Egypt by guiding them to the Holy Land, continues to free them from all evil and accompany them with his blessing”.

“I ask you to pray for me, as I assure you my prayer, confident of being able to deepen the bonds of mutual respect and friendship,” he said in the statement made public by Rome’s Jewish community.

A large delegation of rabbis attended the pontificate’s inaugural mass on March 19, underscoring the strong ties between the two religions.

Under his predecessors, late pope John Paul II and “pope emeritus” Benedict XVI — who stunned the world by becoming the first pope to resign in 700 years — Jews and Catholics were also considered as brothers “in faith”.

In contrast, the Muslim delegation was represented only by lower-rank figures at Pope Francis’s inauguration mass, illustrating the strained relationship between the two faiths.

Last week however, the pope called for the Roman Catholic Church to “intensify” its dialogue with Islam, echoing hopes in the Muslim world for better ties with the Vatican during his reign.

From Arutz Sheva

Full text of the telegram

6. James C. Conner - October 27, 2013

I like your website. It seems safely orthodox. I notice you recommend Ancient Faith Radio.It has the swooshy logo that is said to be the taunt of the new world order,so I checked out an audio by Peter Buetennof{spelling} and had the swooshy logo theory abundantly confirmed. What that man had to say about anti-semitism and “conspiracy theory” was as far from your website as east is from west. Your site has no swoosh at all. It’s beautiful! Henry Makow is the writer who advances the swoosh theory on his website. Thanks for the site. I’ll be back,God willing. Jim

The Prodigal Son - November 7, 2013

Well thanks James,

Glad you like… Many commentators just want to call me names and accuse me of hateful motives.

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting or keeping up with the site much these days. Time is a hot commodity.

Pretty much all of the links have been there since I started this site years ago now…

I still listen to some stuff from AFR but not as voraciously as I once did. Yes, some of the things they say are a little off in my estimation but who am I right?

If I had to guess I’d wager much of what you speak of has been brought over into Orthodoxy by the so-called ‘Evangelical Orthodox’ who joined the OCA en masse a few years back. That Protestant stuff is hard to undo!

Swooshes? I don’t know anything about that…

Seems to me like Makow is pretty well full of it.

I’ve seen a lot of pure bunk on his site. He’s shameless really… I wonder if he’s just positioned himself as ‘one of the good Jews’, while feeding his trusting readers a bunch of tripe?

It’s very possible.

7. James C. Conner - November 7, 2013

Thanks for the response.

The call to holiness comes through very clearly from your site. You deal with “controversial issues” without being merely political. You may be too busy at the moment to add much new material, but your site is educational and more importantly inspirational as it stands.

Speaking of name-calling – it seems to me that talk about conspiracy theory, such as I found in the AFR talk I mentioned, is a polite form of this. It can be an attempt to discredit a position without actually dealing with the historical or political or theological facts involved.

I’ve only run across the idea that the fashionable swoosh style of logo had significance on the Makow website. I don’t care for the style myself, but that doesn’t prove it has a sinister significance.

Thanks again for the site and the response.


8. James C. Conner - January 6, 2014

Hi-I’m back with another comment on the swoosh logo style which is the worldly style of identification at the moment-corporations use it and all levels of government;there is a trend for governments to abandon heraldic type logo and introduce new swooshy type logo.The swoosh logo style definitely stands for glorifying the worldly realm.

My concern is the use of this style by the orthodox-it smacks of “aren’t we cool and maybe in the flow of things-maybe we even the alliies of the prosperous”.

Two examples of this are the logo of the pravimir site,and the Ancient Faith Radio logo, which I previously mentioned.

Gregory,Pope of Rome purified the music of the western church of worldly influences. I guess i’m feeling someone should want to do the same for contemporary orthodox websites.

Christ Conquers is a wonderful example of the use of inspiring design and illustration.

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