CATHOLICS AND JEWS: confused messages?
The other day, Pope Francis made his first visit to a synagogue as pontiff, greeting Rome’s Jewish community in a show of “interfaith friendship”.
Six weeks ago he was reported to have stated that Catholics should not try to convert Jews to Christianity.
Did he say that?
We’ll never know, but that’s what the media reported and he hasn’t since contradicted it.
My problem with that is that Jesus Christ reportedly said to his disciples, as a parting message, more or less the opposite:
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you . . . you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
(Matthew’s gospel chapter 28 and Acts chapter1)