The Deicide and the Council
Fr. Juan Carlos Ceriani
With the aim of extending ecumenism to all religions, including Judaism,
Vatican Council II rejected the tradition of the Church. To do so, it
falsified Scripture. Regarding the Jews, this falsification was made in
three points: the alliance, the deicide and the so-called anti-Semitism.
For the reader to understand what was done, we will first set out some
distinctions about the Jewish people. “Israel” has two meanings:
Talmudic Jews who reject Christ, not to be confused with the spiritual
The Catholic Church loves the spiritual Israel since she is its heir; she
also loves the carnal Israel and calls it to conversion. At the same time,
she defends herself against the pretensions, hatred and persecutions of
- First, there is the spiritual Israel, the people of God
in the Old Testament until the time of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Its mission was to
prepare for the coming of the Messiah, in whom it would find its apex of
perfection. The only legitimate and exclusive continuation of this Israel and
its sacred mission is the Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ.
- Second, there is the carnal Israel which interpreted
the promise of God and the notion of the Messiah Himself as a temporal victory,
and thus rejected the first coming of Our Lord. This Israel includes, on one
hand, the Jewish people who came after Christ and are called with a special
preference to be converted and baptized. … On the other hand, there is Talmudic
Judaism, the religion of the present day Jews, which rejected the Messiah,
committed deicide and persecutes the Church …
The Council wanted to reconcile the Church with Talmudic Judaism at any
cost. To reach its goal, it disguised such reconciliation by confusing the
spiritual and carnal Israel, that is, it did not differentiate the Jewish
people open to conversion from the pharisaic and Talmudic Judaism. It
identified the former with the latter, attributing to Talmudic Judaism the
spiritual goods of the elect people, the spiritual Israel, which were
inherited by the Catholic Church.
Thus the Council supposedly seeked unity with Judaism on a common religious
ground, which, however, does not exist because of the apostasy of Judaism.
Hence, it denied, covered and condemned everything that opposed this
pretended religious common base.
When John Paul II visited the Rome synagogue on April 13, 1986, he
reaffirmed the Council’s teaching. The three points of Nostra aetate
he highlighted show the falsification of Revelation and the abandonment of
Tradition regarding the alliance, the deicide and anti-Semitism.
JP II in the Rome synagogue embracing rabbi Toaff
Indeed, he affirmed: “The Jewish religion is not extrinsic to us, but in a
certain way intrinsic to our own religion. Therefore, you are our preferred
brothers, and, we may say, our elder brothers.”
Further he said: “One cannot attribute to the Jews as a people any
hereditary or collective guilt for what took place in the Passion of Jesus.
… So any alleged theological justification for discriminatory measures or,
worse still, for acts of persecution is unfounded.”
Further on, he drew the final consequences of this: “It is not licit to say
that the Jews are reprobates or cursed,” but rather one should say,
according to St. Paul “that the Jews remain dear to God, Who called them to
an irrevocable vocation.”
The scandal of the Cross
What spoils this beautiful creation of Vatican II is the Cross. The
inopportune, embarrassing Cross of Christ, scandal to the Jews! The Council
did its best to annul the crucifixion of Jesus. In its eagerness for Judaic
friendship, it tried to declare Judaism innocent of any crime. It forbade to
say that the Jews were guilty of deicide. The 1964 definitive text of the
Nostra aetate did not use this word. However, the fact remains that
because of the hypostatic union, the One who was crucified in His human
nature is a Divine Person. Therefore, the deicide was committed.
So it was necessary for the Council to say that the Jews did not commit this
crime. To reach this goal, the Council took three steps: It stated,
first, that only some Jews were at Golgotha; second, that they
were not perfectly conscious of what was happening; third, that it is
our sins, the sins of all men and not the Jews which caused the death of
Christ. This is an incredible falsification!
The Jewish mob rejecting Christ
Here is what the Council said: “Even though the Jewish authorities and those
who followed their lead pressed for the death of Christ, nonetheless, what
happened in His passion cannot be charged against all the Jews of that time
without distinction, nor against the Jews of today. Although the Church is
the new people of God, the Jews should not be presented as reprobates or
accursed by God, as if this followed from the Holy Scriptures.” (Nostra
Here is what John Paul II said: “It is not possible to attribute to the Jews
as a people any hereditary or collective guilt for what happened in the
passion of Jesus. … neither without distinction to the Jews of that time nor
to today’s Jews.”
It is obvious that it is not possible to attribute guilt to all Jews without
distinction, but why didn’t the Council and the Pope make the necessary
distinctions and then pointed out which Jews are guilty? …
For the Council and John Paul II, however, today’s Jews are guilty of
nothing. We will see that this doctrine cannot be sustained.
Sacred Scripture & the Jews
Sacred Scripture affirms quite clearly the hardness of all those people who
remained in solidarity with the authorities who condemned Jesus and the mob
who applauded His death. Far from repenting, the Jews of that time - and all
those Jews who did not convert - have upheld that episode insofar as they
have knowledge of it. This is another distinction that the Council and John
Paul II did not make. …
Sacred Scripture tells us:
“Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out,
saying, crucify Him, crucify Him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye Him, and
crucify Him: for I find no fault in Him. The Jews answered him, We have a
law, and by our law He ought to die, because He made himself the Son of
God.” (Jn 19: 6-7).
“And when they had bound Him, they led Him away, and delivered Him to
Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas, which had betrayed Him, when he saw
that he was condemned, repented and brought again the thirty pieces of
silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned in that I have
betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to
that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and
went and hanged himself.
“And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful
for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And
they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury
strangers in. wherefore that field was called, the field of blood, unto this
Pilate washes his hands, passing the guilt of Christ's death to the Jews
“Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And
they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued,
whom they of the children of Israel did value; and gave them for the
potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.
“And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked Him, saying,
Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest it. And
when He was accused of the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.
Then said Pilate unto Him, Hearest Thou not how many things they witness
against Thee? And He answered him to never a word; insomuch that the
governor marvelled greatly.
“Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a
prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called
Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them,
Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called
Christ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. When he was set
down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing
to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a
dream because of Him.
“But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should
ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them,
Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called
Christ? They all say unto him, Let Him be crucified. And the governor said,
Why, what evil hath He done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let Him be
“When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was
made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am
innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all
the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then he
released Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered
Him to be crucified.” (Mt 27: 2-26; see also Luke 22: 20-25; John 19: 14-16;
Act 2: 22-23, 36)
Ignorance does not excuse the Jews from the guilt of deicide. This objection
was clearly answered by St. Thomas 700 years ago (Summa theologiae,
III, q. 47, a. 5, ad 3).
Degrees of participation in the deicide
The Jews committed deicide, but which Jews and in what proportion? To answer
this one must look at the relationship of the Jewish people with the
condemnation of Jesus, and their presence at that scene. As far as presence
is concerned, the responsibility lies with the high priests as the moral
instigators of the crime and the people who followed the iniquity of their
leaders (Jn 18:35; 19:15; Mt 27:25)
These Scripture texts show not only the adhesion of the people of Israel who
were present at the Passion calling for Christ’s crucifixion to fall on
their heads, but also upon those in solidarity with them who were not there
and those to come after those events.
Between them there is a moral continuity - voluntarily assumed - whose point
of union is the Law of Moses [interpreted according to the Talmud]: “We have
a law, and by our law He ought to die.” …
The Church and the synagogue, blindfolded in its pride with its broken staff
To escape this accusation, the Jews must renounce that interpretation of the
Law and repudiate their fathers’ condemnation of Jesus. All the Jews who
still follow that law by virtue of which Christ was condemned as a
blasphemer, are in some way voluntary participants in the deicide, although
the proportion of guilt varies according to each one’s knowledge and
Just as the blessing and glory are due the Jewish people who continued to be
faithful to the promise and became Catholics, so the curse and condemnation
apply to those who continued to profess the perfidy of their fathers. …
The Council, however, concluded: “The Jews should not be presented as
rejected or accursed by God, as if this followed from the Holy Scriptures. “
The Church has always taught that every man is called to convert and enter
her bosom by baptism, so in this sense no one is absolutely cursed or
rejected on this earth. But what the Council wrongly suggested is that
official Judaism, the Synagogue, which committed the crime of deicide by
condemning to death its Messiah and God and persisted in this perfidy
through the centuries, should not be the object of reproof and malediction.
This is to confuse the terms and to lie.
Those Jews, who, by their faith in the promise, recognize Christ as Messiah,
continue to be heirs of Abraham and the true people of God. But those
unfortunate prevaricators who positively and obstinately reject Him, as
their fathers did, are not the people of God so long as they continue in
their infidelity. Hence they are reprobates and cursed, which does not imply
that they will be so forever.
This article was first posted in the Argentine
Posted March 28, 2011
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