The Fraud Continues
by Christopher A. Ferrara
December 15, 2015
The document just issued by the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews (to which I provide no link for the reason explained below) is but another example of the ongoing fraud on the faithful that has been perpetrated by the Vatican apparatus over the past fifty years in the name of the Second Vatican Council. By this I mean the use of pseudo-doctrine to give the false appearance of a change in the actual doctrines of the Faith. Authentic Catholic doctrine can never change, of course, because the truth revealed by God and the doctrines proceeding from it can no more change than God could change His mind — or, for that matter, than 2 + 2 could become 5.
Unlike other stealthy attempts to suggest a change in teaching where none is possible, however, this new document, entitled “The Gifts and Calling of God are irrevocable,” (“Gifts and Calling”) freely admits in its Preface that “The text is not a magisterial document or doctrinal teaching of the Catholic Church, but is a reflection prepared by the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews on current theological questions that have developed since the Second Vatican Council.”
In other words, this “reflection” is utterly worthless by the authors’ own admission. It is not a teaching of the Catholic Church! So, why has it been published by the Vatican as if it were? I will tell you: to cause confusion about what the Church actually teaches concerning the Jewish people.
In fact, the purpose of this document is to engender confusion even about the teaching of Vatican II’s Nostra Aetate, the brief conciliar declaration concerning non-Christian religions which devotes a mere 800 words to Judaism. Based on those 800 words, post-conciliar Modernist “theologians,” including those who clearly infest the Vatican apparatus today like termites in a wood frame house, have generated millions of words of pseudo-doctrine falsely proclaiming that the Old Covenant remains valid and subsisting for the Jews. From this lie it would follow that Jews have no need of conversion to Christ or baptism in order to be saved.
As is the case with all the other documents of this pseudo-Magisterium, this one falsely depicts the teaching of Nostra Aetate, n. 4, which (for all its troublesome ambiguity) does at least state clearly that the Catholic Church is the new people of God, or the New Israel in more traditional terms. To quote Nostra Aetate: “Although the Church is the new people of God, the Jews should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God, as if this followed from the Holy Scriptures.”
The Church has never taught that the Jews as a people are accursed and rejected, but neither has she ever taught — nor does Nostra Aetate teach — that the Old Covenant remains valid and subsisting for them. Yet the authors of “Gifts and Calling” falsely suggest that Nostra Aetate did so teach: “The Church is called the new people of God (cf. ‘Nostra aetate’, No.4) but not in the sense that the people of God of Israel has ceased to exist…. The Church does not replace the people of God of Israel, since as the community founded on Christ it represents in Him the fulfillment of the promises made to Israel.”
First of all, nowhere does Nostra Aetate say that “the Church does not replace the people of God of Israel.” Only the “reflection” of the authors of “Gift and Calling” makes that claim, along with all the other literature in this pseudo-theological category. Indeed, the authors themselves admit that the idea that “the covenant that God made with his people Israel perdures and is never invalidated… cannot be explicitly read into “Nostra aetate” (No.4).” So where does this novel idea come from? As the authors assert: “This statement was instead first made with full clarity by Saint Pope John Paul II when he said during a meeting with Jewish representatives in Mainz on 17 November 1980 that the Old Covenant had never been revoked by God.”
So, we are supposed to adopt an utter theological novelty, not supported even by Vatican II — i.e., that the Old Covenant remains in force — because of something John Paul II said to some Jewish people in Mainz in 1980? Is this a joke? Well, yes it is. It is also a theological fraud.
Secondly, notice the double talk: the Church is the new people of God, but there is still “the people of God of Israel.” So, now we are supposed to believe — at least since 1980 — that there are two peoples of God: the Christian people of God, who follow Christ, and the Jewish people of God, who need not follow Christ. Even a well-catechized ten-year-old would recognize this claim as heretical.
There is only one people of God, and that is the Church that Christ founded on His Jewish apostles, all of whom were converts to new religion He inaugurated in the New Covenant of His Blood, the perfection of the Old Covenant, which was to pass away. All men, including Jews, are called to belong to the New Covenant people of God. As Peter, the first Pope, declared to his fellow Jews at Jerusalem in the days following Pentecost:
Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly, that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have crucified.
Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart, and said to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles: What shall we do, men and brethren? But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call. And with very many other words did he testify and exhort them, saying: Save yourselves from this perverse generation. They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about three thousand souls. (Acts 2: 36-41)
Ignoring all of Tradition beginning with Peter, however, the authors of “Gifts and Calling” blithely comment that today there is a “principled rejection of an institutional Jewish mission…” Really? On whose authority? On nobody’s authority. As the authors themselves admit, they are not presenting Catholic teaching. Rather, they are undermining that teaching — like everyone else who writes in this fictional genre.
Finally, pay no attention to the hysterical press coverage of “Gifts and Calling,” such as John Allen’s breathless exclamation that “revolution is the new routine.” Nor should you pay any attention to the document itself. I examined this worthless piece of trash only so that you won’t have to. But then my journalistic beat is the current “diabolical disorientation” in the Church. Viewed from the Fatima perspective.