|Thursday 02 July 2009|
|11:19 - ECO DI TERRA SANTA: "BUT HOW MANY TIMES MUST A POPE APOLOGISE?" |
"Benedict XVI, pilgrim of peace in the Holy Land, has said clear words of condemnation for any form of violence, abuse and terrorism. He has insisted on Israel's right to security and on the Palestinians' right to a State. He has condemned the Shoah, a horrible gesture committed by a 'godless regime'. Yet, for someone that was not enough". The leading article in the June-July issue of "Eco di Terra Santa" speaks again of Benedict XVI's trip in Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, asking: "But how many times must a Pope apologise?". For the tabloid by Edizioni Terrasanta, the tone of the comments in the Israeli media, except for Yedioth Ahronoth, which "placed emphasis on the efforts made by the Catholic Church to fight anti-Semitism and cast bridges of dialogue with Hebraism", "is basically disappointing" and the Pontiff's words are "too general". "About the Shoah – the Eco recalls –, the Church has already said what it had to say in the document 'Noi ricordiamo: una Riflessione sulla Shoah' (March 1998). John Paul II asked forgiveness, in his jubilee trip, for all the behaviours that 'over the course of history have made the Jews suffer', and Benedict XVI has continued this process of fraternity. The Catholic Church has already asked the Israeli people's forgiveness through a Pontiff's voice. And such request will not expire, whether the Pope is called Ratzinger or Wojtyla".