Pope Francis Reaches Out To Jews

AP
March 15
Karl Ritter

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Yep, the pope will be a “welcome guest in the Holy Land” as long as he leaves his crucifix at home.

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4 comments on “Pope Francis Reaches Out To Jews

  1. Has anyone read Pope Francis’ works including Sobre el Cielo y la Tierra which he co-authored?
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    What does his favorite portrait “The White Crucifixion” by Marc Chagall tell us?

    • Same old “ecumaniacal syncretic blasphemy” is what it tells me……

      However, we must bear in mind that this HAS BEEN OFFICIAL “TEACHING” BY CHURCHMEN IN THE HIGHEST OFFICES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SINCE VATICAN II.

      From WIKI….

      The White Crucifixion is a painting by Marc Chagall. It was painted in 1938 after Chagall had visited Europe, and can be viewed at the Art Institute of Chicago.

      The white crucifixion painting emphasizes the suffering of Jesus and the Jewish people. At the sides violent acts against Jews occur such as the burning of a synagogue and invaders. And in the center, Jesus is shown crucified wearing a prayer shawl as a symbol that he is Jewish.[1] The work is startling as the crucifixion, often seen as a symbol of oppression by the Jewish people, is instead being used to represent their suffering.[2]

      A green figure carrying a bundle is shown crossing the foreground. This figure, who appears in several of Chagall’s works, has been interpreted as being either a Jewish wanderer from Yiddish tradition or the Prophet Elijah.[2]

      Two changes were made by Chagall to the work, a swastika on the armband of the soldier burning the synagogue was overpainted as well as the words “Ich bin Jude” on a placard around the neck of a man.[1]

      There is also a Lithuanian flag in the upper right hand of the painting. Also, in the upper left hand portion of the painting there are the red flags of communism.

      Argentine-born Pope Francis, a well-established ally and friend of the Jewish people, [3] considers the painting to be his favorite.[4]

      • The painting is sad, blasphemous. The victim is Chagall, not Our Lord. In his other paintings, he puts his own name above the head on the cross. Notice the ladder. Right away, I thought, “come down from the cross” (Mark 15:32). Lo and behold, from a Christ hater comes this thesis on Chagall’s works:

        In 1941, only a year after his escape to the freedom of the United States, Chagall painted The Descent from the Cross. The image of angels removing the crucified Jewish man from the cross is replete with images of Jews at the base of the cross, welcoming Him with an intact menorah …

        Is this lost on Papa Francis?

        On another note, any thoughts on how Pope Francis will behave at Assisi IV?

  2. AQ’s “Most Unintended Use of Irony” Winner for this week. No more calls, please. We have a winner….

    “Just a stone’s throw from the Vatican, the Portico d’Ottavia district is at the heart of the Jewish community.”

    Something not entirely unfamiliar to St. Stephen, St. Paul and quite a few others down through the centuries.

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