I’m not Catholic, so maybe I’m missing a few things, but does the current pope not get the significance of Jerusalem to not just the Jewish people, but to all of Christianity?
To that end, why is recognizing Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel causing him such concern?
I don’t know. Maybe he missed a few things in his Bible study, but according to Reuters, he’s making an appeal ahead of Trump’s publicity stunt to keep things United Nations-approved.
“I make a heartfelt appeal so that all commit themselves to respecting the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations,” he said.
That would be the same UN that has displayed breathtaking antisemitism in its chambers, time and again.
The pope told thousands of people at his general audience: “I cannot keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days.”
He said he hoped “wisdom and prudence prevail, in order to avoid adding new elements of tension to a global panorama that is already convulsed and marked by so many and cruel conflicts.”
So does it cause any eyebrows to raise that before making his comments, Pope Francis had a meeting with Palestinians, as part of an inter-religious dialogue with the Vatican?
I’m sure it was all quite innocent.
“The Holy Land is for us Christians the land par excellence of dialogue between God and mankind,” he said. He spoke of dialogue between religions “and also in civil society”.
And that’s great, but God deeded all of Israel to the Jewish people. As it is, they’ve broken that ancient agreement over and over again, by giving away the land, bit by bit.
“The primary condition of that dialogue is reciprocal respect and a commitment to strengthening that respect, for the sake of recognizing the rights of all people, wherever they happen to be,” he said to the group.
Except there has been no respect for the Jewish people from the ones who want to wrest Jerusalem from their hands.
The pope spoke by telephone to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about the crisis on Tuesday.
Well, isn’t that special? When will he speak with Prime Minister Netanyahu?
This pope is not a friend of Israel. This is important to keep in mind, when you consider his hand wringing over a statement from Trump that will lead to nothing (since Trump still plans to sign the waiver, in order to NOT move the embassy to Jerusalem).
Full diplomatic relations were reached in 1994 between the Vatican and Israel, with each pope since that time visiting both Israel and Palestine.
This pope has his own thing going on, however.
When Francis visited the Holy Land in 2014, he flew directly by helicopter from Jordan to what the Vatican program called the “State of Palestine” and visited Israel last.
This irked Israel because his predecessor had always gone first to Israel and entered the territories from Israel.
And the following year the Vatican recognized something that does not exist: The State of Palestine.
I’m sure this was to send a message, however subtle.
Maybe somebody had better sit and cover the early chapters of the Book of Joel with Francis.
Joel 3:1-2 AMP – “For behold, in those [climactic] days and at that time,
When I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
2 I will gather together all the [Gentile] nations [that were hostile to My people]
And bring them down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat (the Lord has judged).
And there I will deal with them and enter into judgment with them there
For [their treatment of] My people, My inheritance, Israel,
Whom they have scattered among the nations,
And [because] they have encroached on My land and divided it up.”
Indeed, Jerusalem is a sensitive subject, and the question of what happens there will not be solved by either the pope’s liberal, pro-Palestine droning, or Trump’s pointless attention-seeking behavior.
Zechariah 12:3 KJV – “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”
Neither this pope, this president, nor the entire Palestinian Authority have ultimate control over Jerusalem, so they should tread lightly. We already know where this is heading.