Friday, January 30, 2009

Cutting Loose

Israel's chief rabbinate cuts ties with the Vatican (this is separate from Israel's diplomatic ties with the Vatican, which remain unchanged). It's unfortunate, but the Catholic Church's decision that bringing a fringe group of conservatives back into the flock was so important so as to require diluting its position against anti-Semitism is one that needed response. I'm glad, frankly, that Israel's Jewish community is standing up for itself in this respect.

I'm not going to pretend the Jewish community is powerful enough to change the Catholic Church's decision, or even really influence it. But we are powerful enough so that we can ignore them if they demonstrate they don't give a fig about what we think.

1 comment:

The Gaucho Politico said...

i remember watching the election of a new pope hoping the cardinals would elect someone who could move the church forward into modernity. sadly they decided to go backwards. i guess i should not have been surprised that a religion chose to be conservative but i was disappointed.

Allowing Holocaust deniers into positions of power is such a bad idea. with its resources the church could be a force for good in the world and instead its just retarding it.