I knew they would get around to it….The Fight of my Fight!
In his August 11 address, Pope Francis reflected on the New Testament teachings of St. Paul, saying that, “the law (Torah) however does not give life. It does not offer the fulfillment of the promise because it is not capable of being able to fulfill it…Those who seek life need to look to the promise and to its fulfillment in Christ.”https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533
Rabbi Rasson Arousi, chair of the Commission of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel for Dialogue with the Holy See, took issue with the comments, expressing in a letter seen by Reuters that the pope’s comments could be interpreted to suggest that Jewish law, outlined in the Torah and the Bible’s Old Testament, was obsolete.
“In his homily, the pope presents the Christian faith as not just superseding the Torah; but asserts that the latter no longer gives life, implying that Jewish religious practice in the present era is rendered obsolete,” Rabbi Arousi said in the letter.
He said these messages if intended as the rabbinate interpreted them, would represent a “teaching of contempt.” Such teachings were phased out by the Catholic Church in 1965 when the Second Vatican Council denied the previously held concept of collective Jewish guilt for the death of Jesus. Since then, Jewish-Catholic relations have been strengthened, with Pope Francis and his two predecessors making visits to Jewish synagogues.
In an interview with Reuters, two scholars focused on Catholic-Jewish relations agreed that the comments could represent a setback and needed further clarification.