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October 21, 2010
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“Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Jesus, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” and Jesus answered, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among robbers who stripped him and beat him and left him for dead. By chance a certain priest was going down that way, and when seeing him passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite also saw him and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came to where the man was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.
He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the host, and said to him, ‘Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.’ Now which of these three was the neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?” and the lawyer said, “He who showed mercy” and Jesus said to him “Then go and do likewise.”
– Luke 10:30–37
There are certain anti-climactic moments you wish had just never taken place–like finding an old lottery ticket with all the winning numbers on it but then learning they closed that game down right before you won–You’re better off not running into that kind of “good luck” for all the damage it does to your mood.
Likewise with the recent news that the Catholic Church has finally–after a measly hundred or so years–taken an interesting the goings-on in the very grounds where Jesus of Nazareth lived and died–
Bishops blame Israeli-Palestinian conflict for spurring Christian exodus from Mideast
Bishops summoned to the Vatican to discuss the flight of Christians from the Middle East blamed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for spurring much of the exodus and warned that the consequences could be devastating for the birthplace of Christianity.
Some bishops have singled out the emergence of fanatical Islam for the flight. But others have directly or indirectly accused Israel of discriminating against Arab Christians and impeding solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In fact, the working document of the two-week synod accused the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories for creating difficulties in everyday life for Palestinian Christians, including their religious life since their access to holy sites is dependent on Israeli military permission.
Pope Benedict XVI called the two-week synod, which continued Wednesday, to try to encourage Christians in the largely Muslim region, where the Catholic Church has long been a minority and is shrinking as a result of war, conflict, discrimination and economic problems.
In Iraq alone, Catholics represented 2.89 percent of the population in 1980; by 2008 they were just .89 percent. In Israel, home to important Christian holy sites, Catholics made up 3.8 percent of the population in 1980; by 2008 they were just 1.82 percent.
Patriarch Gregory III, archbishop of the Greek-Melkites in Damascus, Syria, said fundamentalist movements such as Hamas or Hezbollah had been borne from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warned Tuesday that the resulting flight of Christians would make a society with only one color: only Muslim.
“Should this happen, should the East be emptied of its Christians, this would mean that any occasion would be propitious for a new clash of cultures, of civilizations and even of religions, a destructive clash between the Muslim Arab East and the Christian West,” he said.
American Cardinal John Foley, a longtime Vatican official who now raises money to support Christian sites in the Holy Land, also said the conflict had contributed to the growth of Islamic fundamentalism but blamed Israeli policies specifically.
“While many including the Holy See have suggested a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, the more time passes, the more difficult such a solution becomes, as the building of Israeli settlements and Israeli-controlled infrastructure in East Jerusalem and in other parts of the West Bank make increasingly difficult the development of a viable and integral Palestinian state,” he told the gathering.
Granted, it is a mainstream news story coming right out of the Jewish press–never friendly to the church or anything Christian in general, but nevertheless, how do we–the civilized world–not shake our collective head in disgust when reading it?
First, what is glaringly-apparent (at least according to the info given in the article) is that the Church has not shifted into high-gear over this situation because of the mountain of incalculable human suffering that has taken place. Rather, it is a number’s game, and the church’s “concern” over the situation in the Holy Land can be summed up thus–
“Oy, Vey…Customers are leaving…Business is bad…Must do something…”
Like it or not, that is the Sine qua non, or the singular issue revolving around this story. Christians are leaving the Holy Land, and with each Christian gone, there is less and less Christian claim to the area, resulting in diminished influence on the part of the Church.
Next–there is no “Israeli/Palestinian conflict”. The very word intimates two players of equal strength contending over something not entirely clear or defined and where there is no aggressor and no victim. Those who know just a communion wafer-sized smidgeon of information about this event know this is not the case. It is as much a “conflict” as a woman fighting off her would-be rapist.
What we are dealing with here is the attempted extermination of an entire people from the womb of the Holy Land and this people‘s attempt to remain alive, plain and simple. Of all entities, the Church should know this better than anyone else.
For them to term this a “conflict” is playing with words in the same way that the pro-abort crowd refers to turning an unborn person into chopped liver (literally) as “termination of pregnancy” or something innocuous and sterile. They complain about the “culture of death” so pervasive throughout the West and yet, for nearly a century, they have sat by, silent as death, as the people of the Middle East have been run through the Zionist meat grinder.
Keep in mind that every other week for the last half century this–the same church claiming to be God’s mouthpiece–has pontificated on the evils of anti-Semitism and has made it clear how the entire world is morally-bound to wear IN PERPETUA the black armband of mourning over the Holocaust and Jewish suffering.
But yet, the suffering that has taken place in locales such as Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan et al and it takes a full century to finally getting around to discussing it, and then when it does take place, what do we get?–a “sit down” where (in between extravagant, 5-course meals) a discussion takes place on how to boost religious sales in a slagging spiritual economy.
What’s worse is the fact that that the one institution that could have prevented the present apocalypse from taking place was the very one now sitting down and kvetching over it. All 5-alarm infernos don’t start off full-blown, but rather as a spark and grow from there, and the one fire department with the muscle to have put a stop to this from the beginning was Rome.
And now, as the entire world sits at the brink of destruction, the fire department shows up–a million days late and a billion dollars short–and decides it’s high time to do something about it? Talk about anti-climactic.
Remember, when Herzl was making his rounds through Europe trying to get the various heads of state to sign on to the project of raising from the dead this thing known as the Jewish state, he passed by the Vatican. Having made his pitch to Pius X, he did not get the positive nod he had hoped for, but it ended there. Pius X (effectively the most powerful western leader at that time, given the sheer numbers of subjects under his command) did nothing to warn the world about the impending catastrophe that was to take place. And let’s not make the mistake of thinking he and his organization should not have known better.
What kind of gift of prophecy does it take to predict the outcome of throwing a lit match into a tinderbox? The unavoidable result of allowing a people who embrace a violent ideology such as Judaism to move into an area they believe they are commanded to ethnically-cleanse is a no-brainer, and Herzl, proposing to start a fire that would effectively burn down all civilization got nothing more than a mealy-mouthed grumble of discontent from the Church and nothing more.
And it just continued from there. Every succeeding Pope–told as we are to be gifted with eyesight that gives them a bird’s eye view into everything of importance–fully paralyzed by their fear of the Jews, remained blind, deaf and dumb to the situation as it has unfolded today.
There are many of course who will be very uncomfortable with a discussion such as this, but what we have to keep in mind is that–just as John Adams once wrote–“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence…”
So, at the risk of overstepping my bounds, nevertheless if I may be so bold as to give counsel to the same church that has counseled me my entire life, let me say this–
Excuse the disrespect here, your various Excellencies, Eminences and Holinesses, but what did you freakin’ expect? Of all people and organizations, you should have known–A CENTURY AGO NO LESS–that it would come to this. This being the case, we the people cannot look upon this latest pronouncement as anything but a show–no different in its essence from a candidate running for public office who kisses babies or–once being elected–who forms “committees” to deal with such-and-such problems he couldn’t care less about.
Your concern over the events in the very birth place of Jesus is no different in essence than a man being beaten by thugs on the sidewalk in full view of the wealthy patrons eating in a fancy restaurant and only when the victim’s guts are spilling out all over the sidewalk and the patrons begin to lose their appetite does the owner of the restaurant decide to take the matter seriously enough to pull the shades down.
Having said this, how are we the people then not to note the similarities in the Church’s turning a blind eye to what has taken place in the very homeland of Jesus to the very same Levites and Pharisees in the parable of the Good Samaritan who watched as an innocent man was beaten and left for dead and yet who kept on a-walkin?
Your house is left unto you desolate, and if you truly wish to salvage what little is left of your once-great house, begin by putting out the fires of Zionism that threaten to destroy everything in its path, including you and the very same pompous halls in which you hold your synods and sit-downs, for as your commander in chief warned centuries ago, “When salt looses its saltiness, what good is it, other than to be thrown on the ground where it is trampled by men and beasts?”
© 2010 Mark Glenn
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