Flashback March 2011: Pope Benedict XVI Exonerates Jews of Jesus Death to Gain Favor With World

Pope Benedictus XVI

Pope Benedictus XVI (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Pope Benedict XVI decided to usurp the authority of the Lord by stating the obvious (that not all Jews conspired to murder Jesus Christ, the Son of God), he went the extra mile of saying, according to Huffington Post: “That only a few Temple leaders and a small group of supporters were primarily responsible for Christ’s crucifixion.” His deliberate attempt at minimalizing the enormity of the conspiracy by the Pharisee system against Jesus is quite telling of the spirit of anti-Christ in Him, for Jesus essentially warns us about trying to gain friendship with the world. The divinely inspired Word of God presented exactly the words that needed to be said about the plot to kill Jesus. All astute readers of the Bible know that if Revelation speaks of God setting aside 12,000 Jews of the 144,000 Israelite virgins, then clearly not 100% of Jews were involved in the plot.

But the oppressive Pharisee-dominated system, led by the Sanhedrin, had a hold over Jewish life at the time such that the common Jews feared going against the leaders. It took a majority of the Sanhedrin to seek the death penalty against Jesus Christ, and it took the threat of an unruly Jewish mob to pressure Pontius Pilate, fearing the MAJORITY of the Jewish popular sentiment in his jurisdiction, to hand Jesus over to the Jews to crucify – even despite his own wife’s vision and warning regarding Pontius having his hand in the plot against Jesus. Pontius was thus a smart man who weighed many variables, and he would not have given in to the pressure if he thought only a few Jewish leaders and a “small” band of their supporters was all that the opposition consisted of.

Nevertheless, here’s what Huffington Post reported in March 2011:

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has made a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ, tackling one of the most controversial issues in Christianity in a new book.

In “Jesus of Nazareth-Part II” excerpts released Wednesday, Benedict explains biblically and theologically why there is no basis in Scripture for the argument that the Jewish people as a whole were responsible for Jesus’ death.

Interpretations to the contrary have been used for centuries to justify the persecution of Jews.

While the Catholic Church has for five decades taught that Jews weren’t collectively responsible, Jewish scholars said Wednesday the argument laid out by the German-born pontiff, who has had his share of mishaps with Jews, was a landmark statement from a pope that would help fight anti-Semitism today.

“Holocaust survivors know only too well how the centuries-long charge of ‘Christ killer‘ against the Jews created a poisonous climate of hate that was the foundation of anti-Semitic persecution whose ultimate expression was realized in the Holocaust,” said Elan Steinberg of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants.

The pope’s book, he said, not only confirms church teaching refuting the deicide charge “but seals it for a new generation of Catholics.”

The Catholic Church issued its most authoritative teaching on the issue in its 1965 Second Vatican Council document “Nostra Aetate,” which revolutionized the church’s relations with Jews by saying Christ’s death could not be attributed to Jews as a whole at the time or today.

Benedict comes to the same conclusion, but he explains how with a thorough, Gospel-by-Gospel analysis that leaves little doubt that he deeply and personally believes it to be the case: That only a few Temple leaders and a small group of supporters were primarily responsible for Christ’s crucifixion.

In the book, Benedict re-enacts Jesus’ final hours, including his death sentence for blasphemy, then analyzes each Gospel account to explain why Jews as a whole cannot be blamed for it. Rather, Benedict concludes, it was the “Temple aristocracy” and a few supporters of the figure Barabbas who were responsible.

“How could the whole people have been present at this moment to clamor for Jesus’ death?” Benedict asks.

He deconstructs one particular biblical account which has the crowd saying, “His blood be on us and on our children” – a phrase frequently cited as evidence of the collective guilt Jews bore and the curse that they carried as a result.

The phrase, from the Gospel of Matthew, has been so incendiary that director Mel Gibson was reportedly forced to drop it from the subtitles of his 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ,” although it remained in the spoken Aramaic.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/02/pope-jews-jesus-death_n_830140.html

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Jesus Christ Offers Love and Success For All. The Selfish World Is the Opposite

Česky: Kříže - symbol utrpení Ježíše Krista a ...

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Once you get beyond the smoke and mirrors that the world has presented in order to tarnish Jesus, you see that Jesus represents the following:

1. A leadership style that is opposite of the world. The world favors a selfish Master-Slave relationship where those at the top dictate and expect to be served by those below them, and they in turn expect the same from those below them. Jesus says He came to serve, not to be served. This is part of why the evil ones who run this world hate Jesus Christ, because He represents a threat to their selfish, greedy system.

2. An everlasting love that focuses on being humble and meek, not selfish and arrogant like the world. The world rewards those who advance to the top by any means necessary, even if it means cheating, stealing and killing. The world runs on hate, but Jesus empowers us with love.

3. A way to engage with the Heavenly Creator of the Universe with unprecedented access. The world seeks to obscure the path to Almighty God.

Jesus said either you are with Him or against. Those who don’t gather with Him are thus seeking to scatter. He simply wants us to have life, and have it more abundantly. This means EVERYONE. But the world only wants abundance to go to the few greedy ones who seek to rule the world. The Way of Jesus seeks to make everyone on the planet victorious, to be royalty and to be wealthy. Such a system flies in the face of the current world system, which is based on accumulating the world’s wealth in the hands of the few at the expense of the many, thus leading to hunger, thirst, and utter poverty. But thankfully, the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back to right this wrong and destroy the world system of selfishness and hate forever! Amen.

The Cover Up of the Jesus Visions of Venerated Rabbi Yitshak Kaduri

 

P.M. Netanyahu and Rabbi Kaduri

P.M. Netanyahu and Rabbi Kaduri (Photo credit: Government Press Office (GPO))

But was it really a forgery?

Rabbi Kaduri was well known for having a very extensive and photographic memory, having memorized whole religious texts such as the Bible and Torah, among others:

 

Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri was known for his photographic memory and his memorization of the Bible, the Talmud, Rashi and other Jewish writings. He knew Jewish sages and celebrities of the last century and rabbis who lived in the Holy Land and kept the faith alive before the State of Israel was born.

http://www.cyber-synagogue.com/rabbi_kaduri_reveals_name_of_Messiah.htm

Rabbi Kaduri’s own son, David, would later send out mixed signals about the authenticity of his father’s messianic writings regarding Jesus. In one account, the son, who is also a rabbi, said the writings were a forgery as his father was incapable of writing anything in his old age. But in another account, we have the following from him:

 “Oh no! That’s blasphemy. The people could understand that my father pointed to him [the Messiah of the Christians].” David Kaduri confirmed, however, that in his last year his father had talked and dreamed almost exclusively about the Messiah and his coming. “My father has met the Messiah in a vision,” he said, “and told us that he would come soon.”

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/23877/Default.aspx

Here’s the rest of the account of Rabbi Kaduri’s vision:

“It is hard for many good people in the society to understand the person of the Messiah. The leadership and order of a Messiah of flesh and blood is hard to accept for many in the nation. As leader, the Messiah will not hold any office, but will be among the people and use the media to communicate. His reign will be pure and without personal or political desire. During his dominion, only righteousness and truth will reign.

“Will all believe in the Messiah right away? No, in the beginning some of us will believe in him and some not. It will be easier for non-religious people to follow the Messiah than for Orthodox people.

“The revelation of the Messiah will be fulfilled in two stages: First, he will actively confirm his position as Messiah without knowing himself that he is the Messiah. Then he will reveal himself to some Jews, not necessarily to wise Torah scholars. It can be even simple people. Only then he will reveal himself to the whole nation. The people will wonder and say: ‘What, that’s the Messiah?’ Many have known his name but have not believed that he is the Messiah.”

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/23877/Default.aspx