Just 10 days after Pope Benedict XVI visited the Great Synagogue of Rome (the first Pope to do so in 24 years), he also did his part on Holocaust Memorial Day this Wednesday by publicly denouncing the “horror” of the Shoah, and the “unheard of brutality” of the Nazi death camps.
Born in Germany during the Nazi regime, the Pope appealed “that such tragedies never repeat themselves.” He also called the camps “abhorrent and inhumane places.” Although this appeal was presented well, and offered a sympathetic remembrance of the “countless victims of a blind racial and religious hatred,” it falls on deaf ears for many members of the Jewish community. For some, it’s too difficult to take these comments seriously after the German-born Pope reinstated Holocaust-denier Bishop Williamson last year.
“It’s too little, too late,” stated one member of the Orlando Jewish community who wished to remain anonymous. Only time will tell whether the rift between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people will ever truly be healed. Until then, we can only hope and pray for unity among all human beings, and the coming of Moshiach!