Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pope Benedict: the Jews are not guilty of Jesus' death

Theologically I always understood that it is not the Jewish race that is guilty of Jesus' death. It is all of humanity that rejected Christ who came into his own but his own received him not. (Jn 1) Of course he came first to the Chosen Race, but, as Pope Benedict says in his about-to-be-published Jesus of Nazareth II,
Jesus' blood "does not cry out for vengeance and punishment, it brings reconciliation. It is not poured out against anyone, it is poured out for many, for all."
Here's the BBC report.

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Here's a preview of the book:

See also Fr Fessio, Fr Z and others.


  1. Given the realities of today I suppose that needed to be said and it has been dutifully picked up by the media as if this were something new in the Catholic Church. But I never considered that the Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord were attributable to the Jewish people as a whole. After all the Apostles were Jewish, the thousands that came to listen to Him were Jewish and the initial preaching and recording of the Gospel was done by Jews who had converted.

    It used to be preached consistently that it was on account of “my sins…” that Jesus died, so there was little point in trying to finger someone – or a whole people - for blame. We don’t hear that so much any more. Maybe we should…

  2. Thank God for our wonderful Holy Father and his wonderful writings. Am quite sure the Holy Spirit is leading him.Can't wait to read this book - have yet to find out what "a kindle" is Father John.Thank you as always for your blogs,Father, they make my day.



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