"I am following with indignation the violent and concentric attacks against the Church, the Pope and all the faithful by the whole world. The use of stereotypes, the passing from personal responsibility and guilt to a collective guilt remind me of the more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism. Therefore I desire to express to you personally, to the Pope and to the whole Church my solidarity as Jew of dialogue and of all those that in the Jewish world (and there are many) share these sentiments of brotherhood. Our Passover and yours undoubtedly have different elements, but we both live with Messianic hope that surely will reunite us in the love of our common Father. I wish you and all Catholics a Good Easter."It was wise neither wise nor prudent and if I was Jewish or a victim of abuse I would find it deeply offensive and it is hardly the tone that the Holy Father expressed in his letter to the Cathol;ics of Ireland.
Why did he not have the humility to ask someone to check it over? I have been trying to remember some other gaffs of Fr Cantalamessa, there have been one or two Trinitarian ones, and if I remember rightly, there have been a few instances where he has contradicted the Pope.
I would have hoped that Fr Cantalamessa might have had the humility to have spent the remainder of yesterday going around the newsagencies appologising. Perhaps it is time that JPII's preacher went the way of Mgr Piero Marini his Master of Ceremonies, there is obviously a need for a new Preacher to the Household.