UPDATED:As the news broke Monday of Pope Benedict’s decision to resign, I have been encouraged to see Israeli leaders and Jewish leaders around the world expressing appreciation for the signficant improvement in Jewish-Christian relations under his leadership.
Most importantly, “Pope Benedict XVI was the first chief pontiff to make a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ, tackling one of the most controversial issues in Christianity in a 2011 book,” notes the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. “Interpretations to the contrary have been used for centuries to justify the persecution of Jews. While the Vatican had for five decades taught that Jews weren’t collectively responsible, Jewish scholars said the argument laid out by the German-born pontiff was significant and would help fight anti-Semitism today.”
In his book on the life of Jesus, “the Pope walks the reader through the gospels to explore who Jesus’ accusers really were,” reported Time…
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