This is why CK will not be representing world Jewry at the Vatican anytime soon. To recap, CK last told us here:
Whatever. Lending us stuff that belongs to us to begin with and then getting thanked for it? Talk about chutzpah!
Yeah. It would be as if that douchebag who broke into my apartment and stole my digital camera came back and graciously agreed to lend it to me. I’ll allow our
spinelessthankful Jewish leaders to be gracious. Me? I’m nobody. This allows me the privilege of speaking my mind. So forgive me if I am less than effusive in my praise.
Now let’s contrast that with our fellow Jews who will be visiting the Vatican soon. They are going there to express gratitude for:
…the Vatican’s diplomatic recognition of Israel, the pope’s pronouncement that anti-Semitism is a sin, the pope’s request to the Jews for forgiveness for Catholic actions against the Jews and the pontiff’s visit to Israel in 2000
So are there problems? Sure there are. For example, this Pope wants to beatify Pope Pius who wrote a letter ordering Catholics and Catholic institutions to keep Jewish Holocaust babies and children who had been baptized. Also, it is rumored that the Vatican has other, very rare antiquities that would be of great value to the Jewish people which haven’t been exposed or revealed publicly.
Also, apparently it took 2 years to get the Vatican to loan the Maimonades manuscripts, although they were kind and forthcoming enough to agree in the first place.
On the other hand, this group was told, in no uncertain terms, that if they bring up these and other certain issues, their visit will end right then and there.
So I guess there’s going to be a very pleasant meeting between a Jewish-friendly Pope, 160 rabbis and other Jewish leaders (CK won’t be in attendance on grounds that he might blurt out something unpleasant), and they will all be joined by a huge and invisible elephant somewhere right in the middle of the room.