Darth Wong wrote:Was this Jewish issue controversial in the church? I don't recall hearing about such controversy, and after WW2 and the Catholic Church's feelings of guilt over it, it seems to me that pro-Jewish attitudes were, in fact, a safe route.
Well there is "Jews are nice chaps" and there is "being a Jew is as likely to get you into heaven as following us guys, so if you don’t mind have particular parts of your anatomy cut off look em up".
I think Vatican II basically put the idea about but it was big news when the Pope made the statement a few years ago (since I remember hearing about it and I don’t really have my ear to the ground on such matters).
The fact that he is the first Pope to visit a Jewish place of worship since Peter (or is regarded as such) should say something about it being a step forward.
I'm also not sure they is any particular guilt about WW2 amongst Catholics, the Hitler's Pope Revisionism is rather recent in gaining widespread circulation and in my experience most Catholics wouldn't have the foggiest if you asked them about it.
As for general anti-Semitism, again I don’t think you would find much hand wringing about it, of course it may be that Catholics in Britain are a little more sympathetic given they themselves have historically faced persecution so they don’t really identify with the trend of Anti-Semitism and thus my sample is biased.
I imagine those higher up in the Vatican stick to the line that their predecessors during WW2 did nothing particularly wrong although there has been recognition that historically the Church has been plagued by Anti-Semitism (although again much of that recognition came from the late Pope and under his watch).