At a time when Israelis are agonizing over the Gaza evictions, Pope Benedict XVI made a bewildering statement in Cologne: “Today, sadly, we are witnessing the rise of new signs of anti-Semitism and various forms of a general hostility toward foreigners.”
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves German President Horst Koehler’s official
residence Villa Hammerschmidt in the former German capital Bonn Friday, Aug 19, 2005.
Pope Benedict XVI arrived Thursday on his first foreign trip as pontiff to take part
in the Roman Catholic Church’s 20th World Youth Day in Cologne. AP Photo/Arnd Wiegmann
Here is irony on all sides. Firstly, the Pope has equated Jews with foreigners, implying that a Jew anywhere outside Israel is a foreigner, a perpetual alien.
Secondly, the Pope has equated anti-Semitism with nationalism. The StormFronters would seem to bear that out. And, in order to be a foreigner, there must be at least two nations in existence. You are a foreigner when you are in nation other than your own.
Thirdly, the Pope implies that patriotism itself is consigned to mere ideology, not land, borders, language, or the natural human differentiations present in the world. One must not idolize the land, the language, nor the culture.
Fourthly, the Pope suggests that multi-culturalism, pluralism, integration, and intermarriage, are all a bulwark against hate. All the tensions in the world are therefore cause by national pride, and that the only solution to the tensions is the dissolution of all national distinctions.
Is the Pope Communist? Is the Church an enemy of the nations? This Cologne declaration is simply intolerable. It cannot be regarded as anything but an anti-nationalist anathema of patriotism and nature itself.
Natural evolution, or the Lord (Genesis 11:1-9), brought forth diversity of human language, of geographic local, and of culture. To intentionally operate against the phenomenon of nations seems rather blasphemous, or at least perilous. Those human beings who walk through the Pearly Gates are referred to as “the nations of the saved.” (Revelation 21:24)
I would be most curious to know the Israeli response to Pope’s statement, which was made in the synagogue of Germany’s oldest Jewish community. Let the Pope tell the Israelis (and the Jews) that they need not be concerned about having a nation, they need not try to preserve their religion, their language, their culture, or their race.
And if every Jew not living in Israel is to be considered a foreigner, then half the world are foreigners. The only way to fully overcome the ‘stigma’ of being a foreigner, according to the implications of the Pope, is to dissolve all concepts of nationhood. Let there be no nations, and we’ll have no foreigners.
This is globalism, surely. The Pope’s statement is anti-Zionist, if not actually anti-Semitic itself. Yet, by suggesting that all Jews living outside Israel are foreigners, it seems like a very pro-Zionist statement. And to imply that anyone living outside his own country is a foreigner sound very nationalistic.
So what is the Pope saying, in fact?