Italy: The Chief Rabbi of Rome’s Ultimatum: “Them or Us”

Source: FSSPX News

“If peace with the Lefebvrists means renouncing the overtures made by the Council [Vatican II—Ed.], the Church will have to decide: them or us!” declared the chief rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, on January 26, a few days after Benedict XVI’s visit to the Synagogue of Rome and on the eve of the Day of Remembrance dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. Questioned by the online Italian Catholic monthly Il Consulente Re, Riccardo Di Segni added moreover that  describing the Jews as “elder brothers,” (as John Paul II did during his visit to the Synagogue of Rome in 1986), was “very ambiguous from a theological point of view, because the elder brothers in the Bible are the villains.” In the eyes of the chief rabbi, speaking of “elder brothers” means: “You once were, but now you do not count at all!” Lastly, Riccardo Di Segni opined that the Sant’Egidio Community (a lay movement founded at Rome in 1968 and the originator of interreligious meetings like the one held at Assisi in 1986) was “a fine example of collaboration” between Jews and Catholics.

(DICI No. 209, Feb. 6, 2010.–Sources: apic/I.Media)