To the left, you see Pope Benedict XVI, current pontiff of the Catholic Church (aka: Church of Rome, Anti-Christ, Fish-eaters, and various other nasty and small-minded little slurs). As few of you are likely to know, he wants to reintroduce access to the latin mass to RC (Roman Catholic) churches on a larger scale. Access which shrank dramatically after the bishops conference known as Vatican II. As part of this planned revival, a particular prayer for the Jews would be re-introduced to services, praying that they to whom Christ came first would see the light of salvation. But apparently praying for someone’s salvation is hate speech, so the BBC is Not Happy.
Says the BBC of the old latin mass (also known as the Tridentine Mass):
"The old wording has none of the Vatican Council thinking that reversed long-standing anti-Jewish views in the Church. Vatican II brought about a revolution in Catholic thinking, highlighting the ancient Jewish roots of Christianity and affirming God’s love for the Jews."
Al-Beeb, lover of all things Judaic and Israeli, as we know, spends several long paragraphs quoting people saying that there is not much demand for the Tridentine, that "Any liturgy that presents Jews as being doomed in their faith doesn’t present a very healthy attitude towards Judaism and the Jewish people", etc, etc. No-where is there seen a fair quote or comment that praying for the Jews is a Christian and loving thing. Indeed, al-Beeb goes out of its way to quote someone referring to calls for Jews to convert to Christianity as a noxious and evil thing. Imagine! Calling people to eternal life and salvation! (You can almost hear some BBC top-man muttering to himself in a corner "Wicked, trickssy, Catholicss! We hatess them, Preciouss, we hatess them!")
You can read the whole hatchet-job here. (Or, of course, you could just go back to hoping and praying someone else starts posting here soon so that you won’t have to read more of this kind of thing.)
Hat-tip to Emitte Lucem Tuam and Andrew of Pub Mass fame.