Its been a love-hate relationship for a long time, with the latter doing some serious destructive damage. Perhaps if we go back to Maimonides, he can be looked at as an igniter of sparks, and sparks lead to fires. Maimonides believed that Christianity had a messianic role to play, serving to clear the way for the King Messiah; but he also said, from his twelfth century perch, that it was heretical and suffered from idolatry and propounded he opposite of his thesis which involved the de-sanctifying of religious objects, and assumed instrinsically superior qualities of people and other objective measures. A de-romanticizing and de-mystification that Judaism clung to and the Church used. But, he did say it was permissible to teach the Commandments, the Torah to Christians but not possible to Muslims, since the former accepted the divine origins of the Torah. Of some solace to Christians, jews also burnt Maimonides books….
One thing Maimonides noticed, was that in the context of time and space, these off-shoot religions of Judaism seemed to gravitate towards the Jewish search for truth. In space there is and was a dispute over Jerusalem, as originator of the material used to create Adam, and in the meaning of time, that both Islam and Christianity, flanked the Jewish Sabbath as if to brush against its sanctity, even to draw it out. Whether Maimonides thought this draining process of Judaism was in effect a case of vampiring the religion and creating its own blood libel seems possible….
With regard to Kabbalah, the main Jewish line seems to be that Jesus knew of it but used forbidden methods, and his motives to this day are still not fully comprehended, though he was a son of Jews and has completed all the stages of repentance in the other world. Its hard to konw what Maimonides would have thought of the fairly recent construction, somewhat artificial of “judeo-christian ethics” as a current in contemporary thought. A bit like “religious-zionism” it seems an anomaly, but maybe the definitions are changing and its part of the messianic era, the end of days. In the past, popularizers of the ideas of Torah and Kabbalah within Christianity have not had sterling results as spilled jewish blood and those of “heretics” have been more commonplace than not. The Maimonides view that the heresies of Christianity worked its way down the food chain directly to Islam remains a biting reproach….
The Maimonidean position on Judaism as a rational faith whose central goal is to facilitate the perfection of the human intellect seems significantly at odds with most subsequent traditional understandings of the meaning and purpose of the Torah which have been intensively informed by their more romantic and mystical interpreters, an overindulgence by the Vatican and possibly the source of the Reformation. Or, Maimonides recognized their existence, but saw they should remain unrevealed and may be part of a more complex series of phenomena that could not be articulated….
(see link at end)…More simply, the gassing of Jews was not on the the Vatican’s list of priorities.
During the war the Pope always spoke, and wrote, in generic phrases, in allusions, with judgments marked by indirectness, naming no names and no country. Not once did Pope Pius mention the Jews publicly during the war or in his dealings with Hitler. It is true that in late 1943 and early 1944, he undertook private initiatives to aid Jews, but by that time 4.5 million Jews had been murdered and Germany was clearly on the road to defeat….
We also know that hundreds of Jews found refuge in Rome’s convents and the in Vatican itself. We are also familiar with some individual acts of heroism of very few Catholics who saved Jews.
The apologists, including some Jewish historians, exonerate Pius X
y saying that he did not understand the meaning of the Holocaust. They are wrong. The Pope knew everything about the Holocaust.
As brave historian Daniel Goldhagen wrote, “It is not that Pius XII did not understand but that he understood only too well”. Pius was given daily briefings of Nazi atrocities by the British envoy to the Vatican.
The pontiff resisted calls from Roosevelt’s representative to the Holy See, the president of the Polish government in exile, the bishop of Berlin, and the chief rabbi of Palestine to speak out specifically and forcefully on behalf of the Jews.
The Pope could have done much to stop the Zyklon B gas. He did little or nothing….
The gas was purchased by Obersturmfuehrer Kurt Gerstein, the “chief disinfection officer” in the hygiene department of the Waffen SS. Gerstein’s connection with Zyklon B is fascinating and enigmatic. Born in 1904, he joined the Nazi Party in 1933 but was expelled for his activities on behalf of the dissident Professing Church. As an engineer, Gerstein became an expert in the Zyklon B. He was sent to the Treblinka and Belzec camps in order to substitute the Zyklon B for the gasoline exhaust fumes in use until then.
On his return to Berlin, Gerstein tried to stop the murders. He told the Vatican what he had seen, but encountered only disbelief and indifference (in 1963, the German playwright Rolf Hochhuth cast Gerstein as one of the central figures in his play “The Deputy” which attacked Pope Pius XII for his failure to condemn Hitler’s persecution of the Jews)
How many Roman Catholic SS men and Nazi functionaries would have had, at the very least, second thoughts about their work had the Pope, for example, ordered Vatican Radio to broadcast round-the-clock denunciation of the Shoah, condemning it ex cathedra, and excommunicating the perpetrators? And how many Jews hearing such broadcasts from the voice of the Vatican would have learned that “resettlement” was a euphemism for death by gas, like insects? Read More:http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/11890#.UAIzBPVb76Ma