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Questions for the Pope

Questions for the Pope

What would you ask the Pope?

by Staff

On May 8 – 15, Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting Israel. If you could have a private audience with the Pope and ask him any question, what would it be?

Write your questions in the comment section below and we'll select the top questions next week.

Published: May 4, 2009

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Visitor Comments: 124

(122) Reuven Frank, October 18, 2012 8:45 PM

Oh, boy! 1. I heard that the church recently "forgave" the Jews for killing Jesus. When do you think the church will ASK forgiveness FROM the Jews for all those killed BEFORE the Jews were "forgiven"? 2. Why does the church limit acess to the lower levels of the Vatican library? Objects there include the vessels from the Jewish Holy Temple that were robbed and pillaged by the Romans. [I am happy that the church has them. It is better that the church should "be the guardians" of them, in the meantime.] 3. Obviously, the world needs "salvation and saving," an end to war, suffering, poverty, etc. How can the church POSSIBLY contend that the world has been saved already? 4. (refer to previous question) If the church agrees that the world still needs to be saved, who will do it? If Jesus ["2nd coming"] where is there ANY reference to such an event in ANY church history, literature, policy,...? 5. I, personally, know a Jew who was approached by someone offerring to "save his (the Jew's) soul." It soon became clear that the person making the offer had some form of Christianity in mind. The Jew said, "No thank you." When asked why not, the Jew replied, "Because Christianity has been responible for more human suffering in the past two thousand years than any other belief system." Would you care to comment on that? 6. If indeed, Jesus comes back, how will the chuch deal with a Jewish redeemer? 7. If Jesus was the "son of G-d," how does the church deal with G-d wearing diapers, and so forth. 8. If I understand correctly, the church believes that G-d created the seed in Mary's womb to be the Father of her child, Jesus. Mary was married to Joseph. If G-d put seed into Mary, He is an adulterer. But, G-d said, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." How does the church deal with this paradox. 8. Speaking of paradoxes, how does the church answer the paradoxical question: Can G-d create a rock so big and heavy that He Himself cannot lift it? 10. {Sorry, out of room}

(121) Tzipporah, May 13, 2009 11:06 PM

Why no suppoprt for Israel?

As another already posed this question, why was there no action taken to support Israel at the Durban II conference, especially when it is prophesied many times about G-d's love for Israel and Israel's place in the future.

(120) Penny T., May 12, 2009 2:04 PM

Muslim-Jewish- Christian Peace

Thank You, Your Holiness, for taking the time to listen to my concerns. As you know in 1965, Pope John XXIII, held the Second Vactican Council. From this Council, a new decree emerged to create a committee to foster understanding between Jews and Christians. Many of these projects have been highly successful in develop educational programs for youth and clergy/ rabbis to stem the ignorance that leds to hatred. How can you use your Papal Powers to help create similiar programs to create educational programs for Muslim- Jews- Christians?

(119) samuel, May 10, 2009 8:39 PM

If Jesus had died a natural death, would He have been considered the Messiah ?

With the utmost respect, I pose this question. It is my understanding that to fulfill the Prophesy of the Promised Messiah, Jesus had to be sacrificed and crucified. It therefore seems that whoever committed this act help to fulfill the Prophesy. If this statement is true, why is it that whoever took part in this action is villified. Should they be looked upon with favor (?) in bringing about the coming of the Meesiah ?

(118) Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen, May 10, 2009 1:32 AM

Why did your delegates at the Durban Conference fail to publicly support the right of Israel to exist?

The following question that I would ask the Pope was inspired by the comments of Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau regarding the Pope's visit: Why did you fail to take a moral position on behalf of Israel's survival at the recent Durban II conference? Everyone knew that it would be a stage for incitement against Israel and that the featured speaker would be Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has called for the destruction of Israel. Despite this, you announced that your representatives would attend and that you bless the participants. Many countries boycotted the conference, including the U.S., Poland and Germany, but you sent a delegation. The European delegates who were there left the hall when Ahmadinejad spoke – but not your delegates. They remained there throughout the whole speech! Why did you and your delegate fail to publicly demonstrate a concern for the survival of Israel?

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