Sunday, March 30, 2008

A pity that this happens

German Jews sever ties with pope

The German tabloid Bild splashed its broadsheet with "We Are the Pope" to announce the selection of the Bavarian-born Joseph Ratzinger as the successor to Pope John Paul II in 2005.

Pope Benedict XVI joins his hands on his popemobile, during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Photo: AP [file] , AP

Three years later, the feel-good headline has turned into a disappointment for many Catholics and Jews. A theological row over the pope's decision to use a rare Latin prayer for Good Friday, which urges Jews to convert to Catholicism, has prompted the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, to sever relations with the Catholic Church.

"As long as Pope Benedict does not return to the previous wording, I assume that there will not be any further dialogue [such as we had] in the past," said Knobloch.

The Vatican press office in Rome could not be reached for comment on Sunday.



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