John Vennari on the “Bergoglio Exhortation”

Pope Francis and the Old Covenant
The Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium

By John Vennari

On Tuesday November 26, Pope Francis released his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, “On the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World”. It is a ponderous text of more than 51,000 words.

The document is guided by the new orientation of Vatican II, though it bears the personal stamp of Francis. For now, we will focus on one section of the Exhortation that deals today’s religion of Judaism.

Within the context of exhorting Catholics ever deeper into the ecumenical program, Pope Francis says: “We hold the Jewish people in special regard because their covenant with God has never been revoked, for ‘the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable’ (Rom 11:29). The Church, which shares with Jews an important part of the Sacred Scriptures, looks upon the people of the covenant and their faith as one of the sacred roots of her own Christian identity (cf. Rom 11:16-18). As Christians, we cannot consider Judaism as a foreign religion; nor do we include the Jews among those called to turn from idols and to serve the true God (cf. 1 Thes 1:9). With them, we believe in the one God[1] who acts in history, and with them we accept his revealed word.”[2]

There is no mention of any need for conversion to Christ and His Church.

Pope Francis effectively continues the program initiative by the Council, and brought to fruition by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI that the Old Covenant has not been superseded by the New. This is a novel concept that runs contrary to Sacred Scripture and to the perennial magisterium of the Church.

Our Lord Jesus Christ told the Jews of his day: “If you do not believe that I am He [the Messiah], you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24) Elsewhere He said to the Jews, “You search the Scripture because in them you think you have life everlasting. And it is they that bear witness to Me, yet you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)

Saint John, faithful to Our Lord’s teaching, says likewise, “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ. He is Antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.” (1 John 2: 22). Modern day Jews deny Jesus is the Christ, and live their lives as if Jesus does not exist.

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9 comments on “John Vennari on the “Bergoglio Exhortation”

  1. The Jews will be converted in the end times but for now they are in a state of disobedience to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Still, we have more in common with them than other religions and we should pray for them. As for modern-day popes courting their favor, well, that’s understandable considering the Vatican II kool-aid that’s being passed around.

  2. According Rabbi Adnin Steinsaltz , the present leader of the Sanhedrin, re-established in Israel on October13th 2004 The underlying theology of present day Judaism is Kabbalah, or Cabala in its Latinzed spelling. According to Gershom Scholem, in his authoritative book on the subject, of the same title, Kabbalah is Jewish mystical theology.” God unfolds and develops in man… [whose] principal mission is to bring about Tikkun Olam or restoration of this world and to connect the lower with the upper.” (p.152)…”The concept of tikkun, or restoration, involves the problem of evil,” …. “the root of evil resides within the Ayn-Sof (God) itself.“… “Evil, therefore, for the kabalist is simply the sitra ahra or ‘emanation of the left’ and at the end of time, through the process of man’s work of tikkun even the devil, “Samael” will become Sa’el, one of the 72 holy Names of God” (p.123)

    This explanation or overview of Kabbalah is confirmed by Argentinean author Jorge Luis Borges who tells us in his book, Seven Nights, that, according to the Kabbalah, “Evil is in the Variety, but variety is necessary for the world…. It is in the doctrine of the Greeks called apokatastasis; that all creatures, including Cain and the Devil, will return, at the end of great transmigrations, to be mingled again with the Divinity from which they once emerged.”
    As Joseph Dan, of the Jerusalem University pointed out in Jewish Book News some time back, this aspect of Judaism is rarely mentioned.

  3. So, Madonna the “Material Girl in a Material World” really was onto something, eh? And here I thought she was just a two-digit-IQ mashugana the whole time!

    Good grief! Even my old neighbors Shecky and Myron from da Bronx wouldn’t touch that crap with a ten foot pole!

    So, if Jews are supposed to be so intellectually superior, then…. ???

  4. The Popes have done more these last few decades in making sede-vacantists than the sede-vacantists could ever do.

  5. The Most Holy Trinity is indivisible- you can’t deny Christ as the Second Person of the Godhead , and stilll claim to worship the Father. Rejection of Christ is rejection of Father .The last time true Jews worshiped the True God was before the Incarnation of Christ, and it was veiled at that.

  6. The covenant wasn’t revoked, it was fulfilled. If it wasn’t Jesus isn’t the Messiah and the Jews need Him as much as anyone else. Jesus also said if you deny Him you deny the Father.

  7. LP – there it is! And the late 20th century has made an institution out of ignoring it.

    Until a pope or bishop stands up (probably for the last time in this life!) and reads out what the Koran and the Talmud actually SAY about Christ, this insanity will just go on.

    People are completely insensate in this miasma, but they, at least many, WILL react to that.

    Where it goes after that I could only guess.

    But someone in high authority needs to make the move.

    In Angola, a lot of somebodies are already at it!

    • This is from an e-mail from 2/04:
      in a message dated 2/23/04 7:56 AM, Bonnie Lewis wrote:

      > I have a question.  What exactly was the Old Covenent?  It is my understanding
      > that the old covenent was the promise of a Messiah and that Jesus fullfilled
      > the old covenent.
      > Is the old covenent still in affect?  Do even Jews need Jesus? I read awhile
      > ago that to deny the salvic message of Jesus to Hebrew people is the highest
      > form of anti-semetisim.  Yet, people are stating that the old covenent is
      > still in affect and is sufficient. Can you claifiy this for me?

      Dear Bonnie,

      Thanks for writing. There is a lot of confusion today regarding the
      covenants and whether Jesus is for the Jews. I believe some of the confusion
      arises because Vatican II and our current Holy Father, Pope John Paul II,
      has called the Church to explore the mystery of Israel.

      Unfortunately, some of the thinking that is being produced by various
      individuals and groups does not conform to the Catholic faith.

      The authoritative answers to your questions must come from Church teaching,
      especially as found in the “Catechism of the Catholic Church.”  I will
      briefly try to respond here – but I urge you to consult the Catechism. You
      will find a link to the Catechism and other Church documents on our web site

      The old covenant begins with the promises God gave Abraham and then ratified
      with Isaac and Jacob. This covenant is further transformed by the
      provisional Mosaic and Davidic covenants.

      All the prior covenants are fulfilled in the New Covenant in Jesus. And,
      yes, Jews – like everyone else – need Jesus.

      Now, the question of the ways in which we may reqard the old covenant is
      part of what the Church is now exploring. For instance, I believe it was
      Cardinal Henry Newman who pictured the old covenant as a caterpillar and the
      new covenant as a butterfly. While the caterpillar is transformed into a
      butterfly, it remains the same creature, but at two different stages of its
      existence. The same may be said about the old and new covenants. There is,
      of course, much more that can be said about the old and new covenants.

      Certainly, the provisional aspects of the old covenant, such as those given
      at Sinai regarding the priesthood and the sacrificial offerings for sin, are
      no longer in effect. On the other hand, non-provisional aspects of the old
      covenant, such as the ten commandments remain.

      I hope this was a little helpful. But again, the only answers you should
      ultimately rely on are the answers given by the Church. And these are all
      found in the teaching of the Magisterium of the Church.

      Wishing you His blessings
      In Yeshua, Miriam and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

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