Catholic Sect Leader Brands Jews Antagonistic

By JTA

Published May 16, 2012.
  • Print
  • Share Share

A bishop for a traditionalist Catholic breakaway group said the relationship between Jews and Christians is a fundamentally antagonistic one.

Jews “see in Christianity the cause of their situation today,” Bishop Bernard Fellay, the Society of St. Pius X’s superior general, told the Catholic News Service this week.

“If you think of what happened to them during World War II, they claim that the fault or the cause is Christianity, which we claim is wrong,” Finlay said.

He said that while Jews blame Catholics for the antagonism, he believes Jews are at fault.

The bishop said that he did not attribute such an attitude to “every Jew, as people,” but to “the religion, Judaism, which is something different.”

The Vatican, meanwhile, is continuing reconciliation talks with the society, which has not accepted the 1965 declarations that changed the Catholic Church’s relationship with Judaism.

It is unclear whether the society’s attitude is in line with Nostra Aetate, the 1965 Vatican II declaration that Jews are not responsible for the death of Jesus and said that Jews “should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God.”

In early May, according to CNS, journalists visiting the society’s international seminary in Econe, Switzerland, saw copies of a French edition of “The Jew in the Mystery of History” on display near the book shop. The book describes the Jews as historic “enemies of the Gospel,” moved by a “satanic hatred” of Christians.

Bishop Bernard Williamson, another of the society’s four bishops, has denied the Holocaust and made anti-Semitic statements.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Wednesday that Williams’ statements would require discussions separate from those of reconciliation with the society as a whole, CNS reported.

Pope Benedict XVI last week told a Jewish delegation that Nostra Aetate continued “to be the basis and the guide for our efforts towards promoting greater understanding, respect and cooperation between our communities.”


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • "I’ve never bought illegal drugs, but I imagine a small-time drug deal to feel a bit like buying hummus underground in Brooklyn."
  • We try to show things that get less exposed to the public here. We don’t look to document things that are nice or that people would like. We don’t try to show this place as a beautiful place.”
  • A new Gallup poll shows that only 25% of Americans under 35 support the war in #Gaza. Does this statistic worry you?
  • “You will stomp us into the dirt,” is how her mother responded to Anya Ulinich’s new tragicomic graphic novel. Paul Berger has a more open view of ‘Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel." What do you think?
  • PHOTOS: Hundreds of protesters marched through lower Manhattan yesterday demanding an end to American support for Israel’s operation in #Gaza.
  • Does #Hamas have to lose for there to be peace? Read the latest analysis by J.J. Goldberg.
  • This is what the rockets over Israel and Gaza look like from space:
  • "Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies. Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim, “the redemption of captives,” and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings." Do you agree?
  • Slate.com's Allison Benedikt wrote that Taglit-Birthright Israel is partly to blame for the death of American IDF volunteer Max Steinberg. This is why she's wrong:
  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.