The World Jewish Congress has criticized Pope Benedict XVI for moving Pope Pius XII (his WW2 era predecessor) closer to sainthood. For years now, Pius XII has been vilified as “Hitler’s Pope” by Jewish groups and historians for not doing enough to save European Jewry from the Third Reich.
Pope Benedict XVI has decided to visit Rome’s leading synagogue as a friendly gesture. This is in line with the Vatican’s long established policy of engaging in “interfaith dialogue” (read: appeasement) with the Jewish community. As far as I can tell, the “culture war” that secular Jews are openly waging against Christianity is not a part of this “dialogue.”
The Catholic Church was once a mighty institution. The notion that the Vicar of Christ would ever one day humble himself before the partisans of Barabbas in such a servile manner would have struck previous generations as unthinkable. It is another indicator of how far the balance of power has shifted (away from the “Apollonians,” and toward the “Mercurians”) in the last hundred years.