Well, it finally happened, Francis has crossed the line that shall not be crossed, most especially by those laying claim to the post-conciliar papacy.
According to Reuters, the Board of Directors of the conciliar church (more commonly known as the Chief Rabbinate of Israel) sent a letter to Rome that effectively accused Francis of uttering a “teaching of contempt towards Jews and Judaism.”
At issue is Francis’ comments on the Mosaic Law as found in what the Jews call Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament. During the Audience, Francis, drawing upon Chapter 3 of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, stated:
The Law, however, does not give life, it does not offer the fulfillment of the promise because it is not capable of being able to fulfill it … Those who seek life need to look to the promise and to its fulfillment in Christ.
The Chief Rabbinate’s letter – signed by Rabbi Rasson Arousi, Chairman of the Commission for Dialogue with the Holy See – took issue with this claim.
“In his homily, the pope presents the Christian faith as not just superseding the Torah; but asserts that the latter no longer gives life, implying that Jewish religious practice in the present era is rendered obsolete,” Arousi said in the letter.
Actually, this synopsis of the Audience is incorrect. What St. Paul’s Epistle states, and Bergoglio shockingly affirms, is that the Law, Torah, was never capable of giving life.
In any event, Rabbi Arousi, who evidently fancies himself an expert in Catholic theology, writes:
“This is in effect part and parcel of the ‘teaching of contempt’ towards Jews and Judaism that we had thought had been fully repudiated by the Church,” he said.
CORRECTION: The teaching in question has not been repudiated “by the Church.” It has, however, been repudiated in numerous ways by the conciliar counterfeit church, which is ever at pains to reassure the Jews that their rejection of Jesus Christ in no way jeopardizes their salvation. And this despite the words of Our Lord who made it clear that those who reject Him thereby reject the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who sent Him (Luke 10:16).
From the Christian confession that there can be only one path to salvation, however, it does not in any way follow that the Jews are excluded from God’s salvation because they do not believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah of Israel and the Son of God. (See “The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable”)
The Chief Rabbinate’s letter, addressed directly to Cardinal Kurt Koch, asked that he “convey our distress to Pope Francis” while seeking a clarification from Francis to “ensure that any derogatory conclusions drawn from this homily are clearly repudiated.”
Koch stated that his office is “considering it seriously and reflecting on a response.”
In other words, the Jews – as represented by what Reuters called “the supreme rabbinic authority for Judaism in Israel” – are demanding that Francis publicly disavow the teaching made plain by St. Paul in Sacred Scripture, thereby renouncing Christ and Christianity itself.
As the bitter experience of the past seven-plus years has aptly demonstrated, the Chief Rabbinate isn’t asking Francis to do anything he hasn’t already done many times over. Even so, it will be interesting to see precisely how he responds to his taskmasters’ most recent demand.