How grateful we are that Pope Benedict lifted the excommunications! Yet we are also, in these same days, humiliated that he has been made into a scandal for his charity; and that the Holy See’s important bonds of friendship with the Jewish people have been damaged. We offer our prayers.
Last year, the Pope changed the Prayer for the Jews used in the solemn Liturgy of Good Friday. If that Prayer was accepted there would be a change for the better in traditional circles: There would be an end to the modern, anti-Semitic interpretation placed on the old prayer by those who persist in refusing to make the genuflection for the Jews; or who use the word ‘perfidious,’ in spite of it being absent from the 1962 Missal.
Fr. Michael Mary, F.SS.R.