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The Priest in a Synagogue

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Visitor Comments: 148

(131) Anonymous, March 25, 2014 11:45 PM

The priest in a synagogue

Part of the reason why the priest spoke at the synagogue in front of Jews would have been his way of trying to atone for the sin of his church and the people. This is the current attitude of the Catholic church now. His intentions would have been sincere. However I understand the Jewish point of view too, the timing of the speech may have been planned better. And considering the centuries of suffering, it is still early days for the Jewish people in terms of being ready to have a dialogue of this kind, and this should be taken into consideration by the church.

(130) Rabbi Mordechai Bulua, April 26, 2012 2:27 PM

A Bishop Who Deserves Honor

In my former congregation, a local bishop would come every Yom Kippur (this started before I was even hired), He did not wear a cross, and sat in the back. I was told by the president that he actually fasted on Yom Kippur. The first year I was there, after services concluded, I asked him if it was true that he fasted. He answered affirmatively. I then asked him why, not being Jewish. His answer floored me. He said it was to atone in his own small way for the sins of the church against the Jewish people throughout the ages! A remarkable gesture from a truly honorable man.

(129) yaakov Werner, February 10, 2012 2:28 AM

pros and cons

I wonder if it would have been possible for mr Schindler to be invited or visit a shul today what our reaction would be?. The messenger is always related to the message and this one it's as righteous as most specially since he was not wearing his priestly clothing.....Shabbat it's all about holiness and what more holy than preserving the value and history of our jewish lives....on the other hand to make it as pc as possible maybe a time in afternoon as a special event way after davening time would make it just about as neutrally sensitive as for everybody's enjoyment.

(128) Chana, February 5, 2012 3:29 AM

Makes me feel uneasy

Priests make me feel "uneasy"...period! That may sound harsh and unkind, but as a jewish woman I remember the role of the catholic church during the Holocaust and how their church was making it easy for so many Nazi murderers to escape their due punishment. This priest may be on a very commendable mission, he may be different and truly means well, trying to do good for the poor survivors of all those who perished in mass graves or single graves alike. And if he wants to publicly speak about those efforts, he should do that elswhere and not in a synagogue.

Jonathan Levy, April 16, 2012 3:28 PM


I agree with what you say about the Catholic Church during the Holocaust - but this priest was not one of them!! - and why not have his say in a shul?? - surely the appropriate plce to do it? Do you think that the rabbi of the shul didn't think about having him there before he allowed it??? Open your mind a bit!! Don't isolate us Jews any more than we are already!!!

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