(Philadelphia, PA: The Westminster Press, 1965), page 161 ff.
To be effectve, an act of contrition must include a firm purpose of amdnement,and our amendment could begin with a resolve to do what we can to dissipate themultidudinous misconceptions and the lying fables that Christians have oftenused in the past to justify their harsh treatment of the Jews.(3)
(3) John B. Sheerin, “Evaluating the Past in Catholic-Jewish Relations: Lessons for Today fromthe Pain of the Past,” in
Torah and Gospel,
ed. Phil Scharper (New York, NY: Sheed and Ward,1966), Page 24.
Chapter 1: Jesus Was Not a Christian
Jesus as the Christ: The Heart of the Christian ProblemPage 17—Christians must still deal with the ambivalence about their own inherited Jewishidentity via the historical person of Christ. “They must deal with his life, not only with his deathand resurrection. As the discilles of Jesus on Earth—the man, the teacher, and the Jewish heraldof their own salvation—they must somehow acknowledge and appreciate his own Jewish ways.Yet they are to be found in their churches, which they call his, while he, as even their ownsacrted texts attest, never left his synagoguge.Page 18—Christians could have been neutral towards the Jews as they later became towards theRomans once the Roman Empire and the Gentile populations within it were converted toChristianity. Tertullian had once spoken of the seemingly intransigent bigotry of Roman rulerstowards Christians—as Romans had once blamed all quakes, famines, diseases, et al. onChristians who needed to be thrown to lions.[Quoted directly] hereChristianity, however, has remained to this day neither neutral towards the Jews nor relaxed intheir historical presence. Politically, the Jews, too, had been vanquished—long years before, byRome itself. But spiritually and psychologically the Jews became, and still remain, thequintessential Christian problem: rival claimants who would not go away. They were anenduring puzzlement: if the mighty Roman Empire could convert to become the Holy RomanEmpire, why should not the synagogue also join the Church? Because Jews…Page 19…held firmly to their own ground, their universal survival became an affront to a powerful andexpanding Church. Christian leaders never forgave or forgot that.That Jews should possess a divine right to follow leaders of their own choosing never seemed toimpress the Christian mind. And that Jews should have been as critical of Jesus as of
their would-be Messiahs-both before and after him—still remains unacceptable, or at best,inexplicable, to many Christians.A profound irony here…. Jews think of Jesus as a living person, a maverick apocalyptic Jew to