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Criticism of Catholic Church Like Anti-Semitism – Seriously?

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April 8, 2010 News & Oddities, Vatican No Comments

Comparing the storm of criticism of the Catholic Church over child abuse by priests to Anti-Semitism may not have been his best move. The Pope’s preacher, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, is on the defense after he sparked worldwide outrage when he stated that he had received a letter from an unnamed Jewish friend that drew the parallel.

The preacher said that Jews “know from experience what it means to be victims of collective violence and also because of this they are quick to recognise the recurring symptoms.” I think that it might not be in the best interest of the church to use the term “collective violence” when referring to the criticism and scrutiny it is being objected at this moment. Talking about “collective violence” in this context should probably be reserved for the abuse victims.

Will the church remain defensive on the subject? Or finally hire a skillful PR-expert? We will see.

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