Pope Liberates Jerusalem
Future Pope Ratzinger and IDF Paratroopers Liberate Jerusalem

Jerusalem Post provides these recorded remarks from the new Pope Benedict XVI nee Ratzinger:

“I think it is very important that Jews, even if they live all over the world, have a homeland, a point of reference, live in the land of their fathers as a people in continuity with their own history and the promise given to their forefathers.”

A short while after this, Pope John Paul II uncoincidentally stated that “the Jewish people have a right to a land of their own” – adding that Palestinians too have a right to their own state.

Asked…whether Israel had special meaning for Christianity, he replied, “I think yes, certainly, but without rushing to theological conclusions, because the State of Israel was created by secular thought and is in itself a secular state. However, this fact has a great religious value because this people is not simply a people like any other. They have always maintained ties with their great history and therefore find themselves in this Holy Land, the Holy Land of the history of all three monotheistic religions. This, of course, also bears a message for Christians.”

Sounds like the kind of person who has an affinity for the Jewish people and who understands the need for a Jewish state. 😉

Edit: It seems this pope, as a cardinal, was responsible for sending a letter to US Roman Catholic bishops that had an impact on Kerry’s loss in this past election to Bush.

In a June 2004 letter to US bishops enunciating principles of worthiness for communion recipients, Ratzinger specified that strong and open supporters of abortion should be denied the Catholic sacrament, for being guilty of a “grave sin.”

He specifically mentioned “the case of a Catholic politician consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws,” a reference widely understood to mean Democratic candidate Kerry, a Catholic who has defended abortion rights.

The letter said a priest confronted with such a person seeking communion “must refuse to distribute it.”

A footnote to the letter also condemned any Catholic who votes specifically for a candidate because the candidate holds a pro-abortion position. Such a voter “would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for holy communion,” the letter read.

Note that Kerry was born Jewish but raised Roman Catholic by his (apparently paranoid) parents. It was reported that he is quite a devout Catholic, although that seemed to work against him here.

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