It would appear that much of the work of John Paul II to mitigate centuries of enmity between the Roman Catholic church and the Jewish community is being undone by Benedict XVI. Hard feelings are returning with a vengeance.
Italy's Catholic church is planning to conduct its annual "celebration of Judaism" on January 17. I'm not sure what it involved or how it's done or what it means, but Italy's rabbis ain't a-comin'!
Italy's rabbis have said "Thanks, but no thanks." They are not happy with Benedict and his actions. Elia Enrico Richetti, the chief rabbi of Venice, mentioned one of the things the Jews dislike mucho - Benedict's decision to restore a prayer for the conversion of Jews in Easter services of the old Latin Mass.
This, said Richetti, indicated a lack of respect. And more. "If we add to this the recent positions taken by the pope about dialogue, said to be useless because the superiority of the Christian faith is proven anyway, then it's evident that we're heading toward the cancellation of the last 50 years of church history."
The position of the RC church and the Vatican is "tough; when you're right you're right!"
No amore no more.