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Benedict receiving a gift from several rabbis

Jews reward Benedict for his support

At the moment that some "traditionalists" pretend that Benedict XVI took a strong stance against Judaism by rewording the Good Friday prayer in the Tridentine Missal, it is useful to remind our readers that he has an invariable, constant past of support for Judaism.

In the photo above, in September 2005, rabbis from different branches of Judaism present him with a symbolic gift to show their gratitude for his work on their behalf.

In his short pontificate, Benedict proportionally has done more for Judaism than any of the five conciliar Popes.

It is quite unlikely that the liberal rewriting of a few lines of a prayer represents a change in his theological orientation. Most probably this interpretation expresses just the wishful thinking of a few "traditionalists" eager to give up their fight and merge with the mainstream.

America, October 3, 2005

Posted March 16, 2008

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