An Apology for the Crucifixion?
Once in a while Catholics have occasion to attend a parish other than their own, and so they get a chance to hear a homilist they’ve likely never heard before.
And so it was with us recently. The homilist chose to speak on how much the various world religions have in common with Catholicism, and in so doing he stressed that Jews view Jesus as “a great prophet and a very good man.”
Which got us to wondering: If that’s true, why did the Jews have Jesus crucified? An impolitic question, to be sure, but we just couldn’t shake it, and so we posed it to the homilist right after Mass. He gave us a funny look, said “Who knows?,” and moved us along so he could shake hands with the party behind us.
Hmm. Surely, if the priest had more time to think about it, he would have had to say something like, “The Jews of today regard Jesus as a great prophet and a very good man. The Jews have changed their minds about the Crucifixion. It’s like us Catholics: We’ve changed our minds about the Inquisition.”
Enjoyed reading this?
READ MORE! REGISTER TODAYSUBSCRIBE
You May Also Enjoy
Lucifer's Public Schools... Sexy Fun Christianity... Scare Bears... Romantic Savior... Alien Odds... Quitting the Church in the Name of Christ... Skateboarding for Jesus... Lost Pilgrims... Cow Chip Bingo
The former country-rock star is concerned with "a reactionary return to the legalities and externals" of the pre-Vatican II Church.
We have no license to complain about what the Jews or Romans did to our Lord; we have no right to stand outside and tsk-tsk what others did.