CNS—Israelis not happy with synod statement, angry over bishop’s remarks

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Several prominent Israelis expressed concern over a statement by the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, which said Jews cannot use the Bible to justify injustices.

But tensions increased when a U.S. bishop told reporters at the synod that Jews could no longer regard themselves as God's "chosen people" or Israel as "the Promised Land," because Jesus' message showed that God loved and chose all people to be his own.

The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said Oct. 25 that the final message of the Synod of Bishops reflected the opinion of the synod itself, while the remarks by Melkite Bishop Cyrille S. Bustros of Newton, Mass., were to be considered his personal opinion.

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Posted October 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Ad Orientem wrote:

It’s not Jews who have abused Scripture in an effort to justify all kinds of wrongs over there.  There are plenty of Millennialist Protestants who are more than willing to throw out Bible passages to justify Israeli imperialism.  Anything in fact that they think will hasten the Second Coming.

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