On Sunday, the 27th of February 2011, an Interfaith meeting was held discussing 40 years of Catholic-Jewish relations.
Rabbi Marker is the Vice Chair of International Jewish Committee on Irreligious Consultation.
He says since Vatican Two, the Catholic Church has renounced anti-semitism and the two faiths have matured in their dialogue over the past 40 years.
He believes Jewish-Muslim relations could be transformed if the same model of dialogue with Catholics is used with Muslims. He stated:
“Forty years in the histories of two great world religions is but a blink of an eye,” Marker, chairman of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultation, said. “But 40 years of a relationship is a sign of its maturity.”
“The focus of the world is no longer specifically on Jewish- Christian amity. We must, for so many reasons, involve the third of our Abrahamic siblings… Islam.”
Christian and Jewish leaders have met regularly with Muslims to find common understanding, but these talks have not reached the depths of Jewish/Catholic dialogue which began officially in 1971.
These talks however, have not been all roses. Many Jewish leaders look down on Pope Benedict XVI for promoting ‘Sainthood’ for Pope Pius XII and did not do enough to save Jews during the Holocaust.
Paris Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois hosted the four-day meeting, saying Catholics and Jews know each other as “friends” over the 40 years of dialogue with each other.
Rabbi Richard Marker is deceived if he believes the Vatican is now “friends” with Israel.
How can friendship be declared when over and over the Pope wants a divided Israel and is constantly defending the Palestinians?
The ‘Holy See’ is also on board with the United Nations, whom are not kind to Israel and can’t wait to see a Palestinian state. For Rabbi Marker to call Muslims the Jews “Abrahamic siblings” is a sad and false observation.
Islam will never be a ‘brother’ to Israel. Marker is walking down Antichrist lane which calls for ‘peace’ at any cost. When this false peace comes, many will give glory to God. But it wont be the God of Abraham, it will be the god of this world, Lucifer, whose goal is to be worshiped at adored. We need to pray for the Jewish people, that they will recognize their Messiah has already come, and in Him they have eternal life.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
First published: March 3rd, 2011.
Written by: Sue