Experts concerned over Latin Mass slight to Jews

Catholic and Jewish experts are concerned that relations between the faiths may go backwards if plans to revive the Latin Mass allow prayers for conversion of the Jews to be reinstated.

Reuters reports that the problem is that the traditional texts include passages that say the Jews live in "blindness" and "darkness" and pray "that the Lord our God may take the veil from their hearts and that they also may acknowledge our Lord Jesus Christ".

The old liturgy, known as the Tridentine Mass, also has none of the Vatican Council thinking that reversed long-standing anti-Jewish views in the Church and recast the Jews as what Pope John Paul liked to call the "elder brothers" of Christians, the Reuters report says.

"It is obvious that a return of the Tridentine missal would cause a lasting disruption to the Catholic-Jewish dialogue that began so hopefully at the Second Vatican Council," the Jews and Christians discussion group of the Central Committee of German Catholics said in a declaration.

"We are concerned," Edward Kessler of the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations at Cambridge University in Englandtold reporters. "Are we getting back to negative stereotypes?"

In a statement on the issue, the Boston College Centre for Christian-Jewish Learning warned the old prayers could also offend Muslims, because they urge the conversion of "infidels".

Experts worry Vatican may slight Jews in Latin mass (Sign on San Diego, 24/4/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
The Holy See - Archive - Documents of the II Vatican Council

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24 Apr 2007