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Pope: Jews Are Not Responsible For The Death Of Jesus

By Megan Carpentier
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 9:44 EDT
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In the second book in his series Jesus of Nazareth, set for release on March 10, Pope Benedict XVI says that the Jews are not collectively responsible for the death of Jesus Christ, reports the Associated Press.

Though it is not the first time the Church has made that argument — in 1965, the Vatican’s Nostra Aetate stated that Jesus’ death could not be collectively be attributed to either the Jews of the era or those alive today — scholars believe that the reminder in a more accessible media form could assist in combating modern-day anti-Semitism.

It’s not the first time in recent months that the Pope, widely considered the conservative choice after the death of John Paul II, has made waves for stances considered progressive for the modern Catholic Church.

In November 2010, the Pope issued qualified support for condom use in Africa, stating that male prostitutes using condoms to protect clients from HIV transmission was “a first step toward moralization,” indicating an acknowledgment by the Vatican that those knowingly infected with HIV could use condoms to reduce the chances of spreading the disease without running completely afoul of the Church.

[Photo via M.Mazur/www.thepapalvisit.org.uk, Flickr Creative Commons licensed]

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
 
 
 
 
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  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    And wizards are not collectively responsible for the death of Harry Potter’s dad.

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha. I guess he also exonerates Jesus, for being a jew. Well, let’s see now. He has exonerated his “molesting-mob-of-terrorists”, John Lennon, the children that have been molested, etc. What past aggressive poop-head.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    That’s a relief. But when does he absolve his former national leader Hitler for murdering 6 million jews?

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Wait, what’s that on his head? Is that an asshat?

  • http://theelvesattic.blogspot.com JOHN SCOTT RIDGWAY

    My Jesus already forgave the Jews… I think the pope stole this idea from my blog http://wakingupjesus.blogspot.com Or perhaps South Park, who did a similar episode? Yea probably South Park…. He is buttering up to them, hoping their next play is about Catholics.

  • Anonymous

    I’m confused the Pope does not know the Romans killed Jesus ? Which explains why all the Priest who molested children all those years got away with it.

  • Anonymous

    So we can expect the pope to issue a “mea culpa” for child molesting, around the year 3950.

  • Anonymous

    Wait is this from The Onion?

  • Anonymous

    These comments are all HYSTERICAL but this is the best. Too gotdamm funny. I can’t stop laughing.

  • Schmice

    How very kind of him. Thank you so much. Now, for something completely different….

  • Sunshine1970

    When I originally saw the headline on Huffpost, I thought it was taken from the Onion…then I read it and realized it was real…

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t Pope John Something already do that?

  • Ma’at

    LOL Perfect!!

  • Ma’at

    So the leader of the largest pedophile ring on the planet exonerates people who lived 2,000 for killing a mythical figure. Wow. What a guy.

  • http://www.petersaxemusic.com Peter Saxe

    I feel so much better..

  • Anonymous

    Well, I’m sure his boss won’t be exonerating him!

  • Anonymous

    And he is yapping old news, because why?

    He must be bored with the pedophilia, abortion and Gay things. Since, he pretty much dissed humanity his circle of friends has to come back around to where he started, the Jews.

  • Anonymous

    The true Holy Apostolic Catholic Church is the Orthodox Church. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew wouldn’t agree with this. Nor would any Bishop of the Orthodox Church. side note: In the actual Catholic Churc, the Orthodox Church, priests can be married.

  • maritimer

    HA! thanks for making this recovering catholic smile today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046573071 Matt Mosley

    Of course Jews didn’t kill Jesus, he wasn’t real. that would be like pro-lifers killing Homer Simpson.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYVXVW2OZBHLFJR5D4AISU73WE Juan

    I believe he already did that, but they’re trying to keep it quiet.

  • K7KTR

    Now I have to change MY BIBLE, Damn!!! The Bible say’s that God had Ripped the Kingdom from the Jews for them rejecting his Son by killing God’s Anointed One.
    I wonder if Revelations comes into play here where it say’s those who ADD or SUBTRACT? It is also interesting that Christ was given the Authority to Judge. I wonder where this Pompous Ass thinks he has the ability to do so?

  • Anonymous

    Maybe, he finally read the Book of Revelations, and got one.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Twas doG’s will. They were simply buggering the sin out of them.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Let’s not be too hasty.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Nice avatar. I recognize that face but I can’t…quite…. Barbara something?

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    What you need is the new-improved Conserva-bible™.

  • Anonymous

    I’m really glad that’s all cleared up. Mighty big of the Pope to set the record straight after, ya know, two thousand years. Could anything be more irrelevant?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Oh, wow! Ain’t that nice of the wrinkley old man in the dress and pointy hat? However, somebody should remind him that saying that is anti-semitic™. Look at what happened to Mel Gibson for saying it. Wonder if the old devilish man will follow the same fate. But then again, who cares?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    It’s an upside down butt plug.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Isn’t that supposed to be Conserva-babble?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    I have to post a comment from a Chosen People™ in response to the same article at Ha’aretz. This is better than stand up comedy.

    A good sign. And we should realize it is not easy to admit such a thing.

    “Hopefully Europe will follow the USA in returning Christianity to its original roots. We were all Jews back then. This is the beginning of the end of the real-politik of Emperor Constantin 325 AD in Nicene. Jesus was a Jew and said very nice things. Turning the other cheek for example, is what Israel is doing vis a vis Palestinians for years. I wish Palestinians will learn our gentle ways and we’ll have peace.” by I.K., Israel

    NOTE: The above is not I repeat it is not sarcasm. Them people ain’t capable of that human emotion. Yep. Denial is now a river in Israel.

  • Anonymous

    It is all Madoff’s fault. The Pope can blame him.

  • Anonymous

    At last! Now I can let that breath out.

  • Gnat K. Coal

    How… TIMELY of him.

  • dk504

    Gee Whiz,i wait with baited breathe for any utterance out of Pope Benedicks ramblings. I’m so glad he’s uttered this. Israel MUST be breathing easier. What a jackass.

  • FieryLocks

    Next he’ll exonerate himself for being in the Hitler Youth…and then Hitler, the Vatican that supported Hitler, Mussolini, child molesting priests …ect., ect.

  • FieryLocks

    Yeah, that sounds like the Catholic Church.

  • FieryLocks

    Have to keep those sheep in line.

  • FieryLocks

    It’s Barbara ‘fetus in a jar’ W. Bush

  • FieryLocks

    Conserva-babble are the voices in their heads and the Conserva-bible is the book they use as foot notes for the voices.

  • Praxman

    So according to the Bishop of Rome, whose liturgical wardrobe (minus the Prada shoes) is similar to ceremonial garb wore by Roman Emperors, said it was the Romans and not the Jews?

    Fine by me…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UR4DHHC3P6RRXIUP4LWX54YN7I hu

    Has he forgiven the Romans too? I seem to remember Romans having a pretty big role in the whole “killing Jesus” thing…

  • Wickerman59

    From a purely theological point of view this is complete bullshit. In Christianity an atoning, sacrificial death is required to absolve sins. God (pay attention) was responsible for killing Jesus. It is right in front of people. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not persish but have everlasting life.” There are many more scriptural examples to clarify this point. Man, the arrogance of the Roman Catholic church supposing they speak for God. They spread all kinds of fairy tales and never encourage their followers to seek the answers for themselves in the Holy Bible. Besides, in Christian theology Jesus was only in the grave for 3 days and then rose from the dead. His defeat of death is the cornerstone of the Christian religion.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UR4DHHC3P6RRXIUP4LWX54YN7I hu

    yeah, but who would marry a man who wears a dress?

  • Anonymous

    Only morons accept the historicity of the Gospels

  • Anonymous

    That pope, next he’ll be telling us not to invest with Bernie Madoff.

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