In a previous article a unique program occurred on May 4-7 2015 at Domus Galilaeae, the Catholic center for study and prayer in the Galilee. The program included rabbis, cardinals, bishops and priests who met together, prayed together, discussed theology together, sang, danced and feasted together, and recited the Shema together. They cried together as they attended a church orchestra performance of The Suffering of the Innocents[*], commemorating the Holocaust, with the intertwined parallel theme of Mary crying as Jesus suffered and was killed.
The Goals of Domus Galilaeae in their own words are:
The center “Domus Galilaeae” is a place where Christians, and above all, seminarians and presbyters, will be able to have a direct contact with the living tradition of Israel, following the footsteps of, Origen, and St. Jerome as well as many other Fathers of Church who returned to their Hebrew roots to understand the meaning of prayer, of feasts, and Hebrew liturgies, which were the daily food of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
In stark contrast let me quote some of these Church Fathers:
Justin Martyr – Dialogue with Trypho (Between 138A.D. and 161 A.D.)
We too, would observe your circumcision of the flesh, your Sabbath days, and in a word, all you festivals, if we were not aware of the reason why they were imposed upon you, namely, because of your sins and the hardness of heart.
The custom of circumcising the flesh, handed down from Abraham, was given to you as a distinguishing mark, to set you off from other nations and from us Christians. The purpose of this was that you and only you might suffer the afflictions that are now justly yours; that only your land be desolated, and you cities ruined by fire, that the fruits of you land be eaten by strangers before your very eyes; that not one of you be permitted to enter your city of Jerusalem. Your circumcision of the flesh is the only mark by which you can certainly be distinguished from other men…as I stated before it was by reason of your sins and the sins of your fathers that, among other precepts, God imposed upon you the observence of the sabbath as a mark.
Origen of Alexandria (185-254 A.D.) – An ecclesiastical writer and teacher who contributed to the early formation of Christian doctrines.
We may thus assert in utter confidence that the Jews will not return to their earlier situation, for they have committed the most abominable of crimes, in forming this conspiracy against the Savior of the human race…hence the city where Jesus suffered was necessarily destroyed, the Jewish nation was driven from its country, and another people was called by God to the blessed election.
St. Augustine (c. 354-430 A.D.), Confessions, 12.14
How hateful to me are the enemies of your Scripture! How I wish that you would slay them (the Jews) with your two-edged sword, so that there should be none to oppose your word! Gladly would I have them die to themselves and live to you!
The presence in Israel of many of the best scriptures scholars and prestigious biblical schools, allows “Domus Galilaeae” to be the ideal place to promote a recovery of scriptural studies as the witness of the living presence of God.
The ex Catholic priest Martin Luther (1543) in the tractate titled “On The Jews and Their Lies”
“their synagogues should be set on fire, and whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread over with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a cinder or stone of it. And this ought to be done for the honor of God and of Christianity in order that God may see that we are Christians, and that we have not wittingly tolerated or approved of such public lying, cursing, and blaspheming of His Son and His Christians.”
From the above we can firmly see that the Church fathers vehemently hated the Jewish people and clearly believed at the very best the Church was a replacement of the “Israel” of God [the Jews] and at the worst as history bears witness includes also the attempts of the Jews’ wholesale annihilation.
Now lets see what else the goals of Goals of Domus Galilaeae are in their own words:
This will be a channel of communication, which will help Christians to deepen the roots of their faith; a place to build peace and to see God, as Patriarch Sabah said at the end of his homily as he laid the first stone:
«…Blessed are the pure of heart because they shall see God. To see God! Then we will see the truth of his creatures and we will see the peace of God which only in itself can be the peace of all men…Brothers and sisters, let us pray that this new house may truly be a place of encounter, where all doubts will be overcome and where the pilgrim is helped to see God and to enjoy His peace. This we wish to all those who will come to know Jesus and to make him known.»
The meaning for “Domus Galilaeae” has been underlined several times by Kiko and Carmen. To read the Gospel in the light of tradition and of the Hebrew Liturgies- Carmen Hernandez said – helps to understand «the mystery of this people, who do not demonstrate the existence of God, but as living witnesses, proclaim his presence throughout all of history.» Immersing oneself in prayer and study in this atmosphere will be a real source of personal and theological renewal for many future presbyters and for all those who will come.
John Paul II, very familiar with the Hebrew world, on many occasions has reiterated the need to return to our Hebrew roots in order to understand and live Christianity. Giving as well an impulse to the new evangelization, especially in his recent apostolic exhortation «Dies Domini.
The above comments of the Church Fathers and the stated aim of the Church in the form of the Neocatechumenal Way to the ‘new evangelization’ is part and parcel of a chronological progression pointed out by our sages which has three watches or stages:
The night is divided into three watches, and at every watch G-d sits and roars like a lion…. The signal (for the commencement of each watch is as follows): At the first watch, a donkey brays; at the second watch, dogs bark; at the third watch [near dawn], an infant suckles from its mother and a wife chats with her husband. (Berachos 3a)
The Artscroll overview of Tishah Ba’av on page 16, cites the Maharal (Rabbi Yehuda Loewe 1526-1609), the famous rabbi of Prague, who explains in his book Netzach Yisrael that the allegory of night represents the bleak, gloomy exile, foreshadowing the great darkness and despair in which Israel will sink. Says the Maharal, just as the night proceeds to get darker, so our exile gets progressively worse.
The beginning of the exile and the first stage of exile is portrayed as a donkey braying in the night, symbolizing that our oppressors will initially treat us like beasts of burden, confining us in ghettos and assessing discriminatory taxes upon us.
The second stage of exile is symbolized by barking dogs, since dogs bark madly at the sight of death, as our enemies seek to kill us through pogroms, blood libels, inquisitions, genocides and holocausts.
The need for love and peace leads us into the time of the third stage in exile expressed in Berachos 3a above. The third stage and the most terrible stage are represented by the wife who chats with her husband. It predicts that when our enemies fail to destroy us physically, they will attempt to destroy us spiritually. The attempt to destroy us spiritually is know as a silent “Holocaust of Love”.
The silent “Holocaust of Love” is far more pernicious than the “Holocaust of Hate” as shown in the first two stages of exile since assimilation and intermarriage will decimate the ranks of the Jewish nation like no other scourge. Well meaning individuals, even Rabbis who should know better, fall prey to the soft whisper of the principles of political correctness and the lure of lucrative deals with those who are allowed into our midst with the aim of converting us to their particular brand(s) of love and peace…. After all if we are just all loving and peaceful all the violence and inhumanity will just go away! Now is not the time to be divided amongst ourselves! Forget about our differences and be prepared to give lip service to our unique status as “a people who dwells apart, and will not be reckoned among the nations. Num 23:9” for the greater goal! Forget the accepted, binding and precedent halakhic rulings of the most preeminent halakhic authorities of the past century and beyond.
The notion that shared religious observances and prayer, intense personal faith discussion and mutual religious-emotional rites would be engaged in by rabbis in unison with Roman Catholic clergy flies in the face of the powerful halakhic and theological tradition promulgated and embraced by our people, as espoused by its leading and commanding rabbinic luminaries. May God help us at this most dreadful time of our history and survival as unique and chosen people.
[*] The most conservative estimate of the the number of people murdered at the hands of the Roman Catholic Church stands at 20 million during the dark ages. The same anti-semitic theology of the Roman Catholic Church which inspired Martin Luther and the holocaust of the second world war and now the silent holocaust of love by the Neocatechumenal Way, based in Israel at Domus Galilaeae, the Catholic center for study and prayer in the Galilee. The priests of Baal drool over their attempts of turning Jews and Judaism into museum items just like Adolf Hitler tried to do.
 The individual probably most responsible for laying the ground work for Christian anti-Semitism is one of the Church fathers, Origen. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, he lived from A.D. 185 – ca. 254. Expelled from Alexandria in A.D. 232, he moved to the area of Caesarea, capital of the Roman province of Palestine, where he would die. Nicholas De Lange states, “Origen was the founder of the science of hermeneutics in the Church. His work became the basis for subsequent Greek Christian exegesis and…its impact was felt in the Latin West as well.” [Nicholas De Lange, Origen and the Jews, Cambridge University Press, page 34] Lange’s book gives us some helpful insights on Origen and his biblical approach and thinking:
It is no exaggeration to say that, for Origen, the whole of the debate between the Church and the Synagogue can be reduced to the one question of interpretation of scripture…The difference between Judaism and Christianity is that Christians perceive the mysteries which are only hinted at in the Bible, whereas Jews are only capable of a strictly literal reading of the text. ibid page 82-83
It is characteristic of Christianity to interpret the law spiritually: it is in this that the originality of the Christian message consists, and anyone, Jew or Christian, who persists in literalism fails to guard against the ‘leaven of the Pharisees.’ibid page 87
One can see from these quotes that Origen rejected what we would refer to as the natural or the literal interpretation of Scripture. One of the places this hermeneutic became very pronounced was in the understanding of Israel. Origen would see in almost any story passage, such as Jacob and Esau, the symbolic meaning that Israel is rejected by God and the Church has replaced her in God’s blessing and providence. Again, consider some thoughts from Lange.
The figure of Jacob is thus completely reidentified, with dramatic consequences for the traditional biblical exegesis…Since Jacob now stands for the Church, Esau, the older brother, will represent the Jews. ibid page 80
Thus, using a technique derived ultimately from the commentators on Homer and from Jewish allegorists such as Philo, Origen sets out to demonstrate that the Old Testament belongs not to the Jews but to the Church, that it is, in fact, when properly understood, a text-book of Christianity, and that it is essentially at one with the New Testament and the whole of Christian teaching. The arguments based on the non-literal interpretation can be used against the unbelief of the Jews, but they are also useful in replying to attacks on the Old Testament from various sources, and in silencing those within the Church who favour a literal interpretation. ibid page 79
Origen’s interpretive style would make him no friend of the Jews. He, more than likely, neither anticipated, nor would have condoned, what developed over the next 1,800 years in the Churches treatment of the Jews. Nevertheless, as Lange summarized, “He [Origen] lost no opportunity, in his sermons, to attack Jewish literalism, and his powerful invective no doubt made its contribution to the later tragic persecution of Jews by Christians.” ibid page 135
 Bava Kamma 60b teaches that when the Angel of death is in the city, dogs begin to bark madly