Rome. Life/Family : Joint Declaration of the Rabbinate of Jerusalem and the Vatican

Source: FSSPX News


An unprecedented joint declaration of the Grand Rabbinate of Jerusalem and representatives of the Vatican affirms the common position of Judaism and the Catholic Church concerning holiness of life and the universal values of the family.

A preliminary meeting between the Grand Rabbinate of Jerusalem and the Pontifical Commission for Relations with Judaism took place last June in Jerusalem. A new meeting was held near Rome in Grottaferrata, from February 23-27 of this year. The press office of the Holy See published the final communiqué of the meeting on Monday, March 3.

This declaration, dated February 26, was signed by the chief rabbi Shar Yishuv Cohen and by Cardinal Jorge Mejia, but also by other personalities of Judaism and representatives of the Church, including Fr. Georges Cottier, O.P., Theologian of the Papal Household.
The signatories affirm the "unique and superior" value of human life. Any attempt to destroy it must be rejected. Thus it is necessary to try to promote, within the framework of respect for the "Rights of Man", "solidarity among all human beings, and respect for liberty of conscience".
The declaration hearkens back to creation and concludes: "Any attack on the life of a human being is contrary to the will of God, a profanation of his name, and is contrary to the teaching of the prophets. To destroy a life, including one’s own, even if it were done in the name of God, is a sacrilege".
The declaration clarifies its intention thus: "Our dialogue is that of people of faith, who have common roots and a common spiritual patrimony. Dialogue, which is important in itself, excludes any intention to proselytize". And for emphasis: "taking into account our different traditions, we respect our diversity".
Let us note that these encounters between religions, along with the declarations that result from them, contain important confusions, notably those dealing with the supernatural order, which is falsely made to be a component of the natural order. The supernatural order no longer being considered a free gift of God infinitely surpassing the natural order, the greatest good becomes human life rather than sanctifying grace. They speak about "holiness of life" in the context of the natural life. They speak of "sacrilege" in the context of an attack on natural life, while in reality sacrilege is the profanation of a supernatural good. In other words, the men of the Church are abandoning what is specifically Catholic, that is the entire supernatural order, with sanctifying grace and the privileged channels of grace that are the sacraments.

Let us also note that this manner of speaking and thinking is only the logical outcome of conciliar thought as expressed in Gaudium et Spes, whose origins can be trace back to a certain Fr. de Lubac: "In revealing the Father and being revealed by him, Christ reveals man to himself. In taking possession of man, in seizing him and penetrating all the way to the depths of his being, he forces him to descend into himself also, in order to suddenly discover there heretofore unsuspected regions. In Christ, the person becomes an adult, man emerges definitively from the universe." (Catholicisme, Henri de Lubac). Cardinal Siri, commenting on this passage, observes: "Either Christ is only man or man is divine. The conclusions may not be expressed so clearly, they nevertheless always determine that notion of the supernatural as being implied in human nature itself, and from there, without one’s consciously desiring it, the way of basic anthropocentrism opens." (Gethsemani, Reflections on the Contemporary Theological Movement, Franciscan Herald Press, 1981, p. 58)

The attitude and declarations of today’s men of the Church is thus neither the product of chance, nor of a simple politico-religious ambition, but an attitude founded on erroneous principles, which are the result of Vatican II.