So maybe you were made aware of this since there was so much talk about how Charlie Sheen said some crazy things. But it is worth noting that another person in a position of power said some pretty stupid shit.
Well, it's not so much stupid as it is good news for all you Jews. You no longer have to feel guilty about killing Jesus.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has made a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ, tackling one of the most controversial issues in Christianity in a new book.
In "Jesus of Nazareth-Part II" excerpts released Wednesday, Benedict uses biblical and theological analyses to explain why there was no basis in Scripture that the Jewish people as a whole were responsible for Jesus' death.
Interpretations to the contrary have been used for centuries to justify the persecution of Jews.
While the Vatican has for five decades taught that Jews weren't collectively responsible, Jewish scholars said Wednesday the argument laid out by the German-born pontiff, who has had his share of mishaps with Jews, was significant and would help fight anti-Semitism today.
"There's a natural human tendency to take things for granted, and very often this tends to lead to a lapse in awareness and consciousness" about the risk of anti-Semitism, said Rabbi David Rosen, head of interreligious affairs at the American Jewish Committee and a longtime leader in Vatican-Jewish dialogue.
He noted that the Vatican issued its most authoritative document on the issue in its 1965 Second Vatican Council document "Nostra Aetate," which revolutionized the Catholic Church's relations with Jews by saying Christ's death could not be attributed to Jews as a whole at the time or today.
Benedict comes to the same conclusion, but he explains how with a thorough, Gospel-by-Gospel analysis that leaves little doubt that he deeply and personally believes it to be the case.
Rosen said the pope's words might make a bigger, more lasting mark because the faithful tend to read Scripture and commentary more than church documents, particularly old church documents.
I just have to wonder if anyone cares about Christianity anymore. I mean, it's so passe. Unless you're one of those ironic followers like the folks who follow Hipster Christianity.
Thanks Pope. Thanks for finally clearing all this shit up. Keep on Popin'.
But I mean, seriously, look at this shit.
In the book, Benedict re-enacts Jesus' final hours, then analyzes each Gospel account to explain why Jews as a whole cannot be blamed for having turned him over. Rather, Benedict concludes, it was the Jewish leadership, the "Temple aristocracy" and a few supporters of the figure Barabbas who were responsible, but not Jews as a whole.So there you have it. Clear proof you Jews have the blood on your hands. When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!"
All the people answered, "His blood is on us and on our children!"
And with that, it's pretty clear that you Jews killed Jesus. Though I feel confident that it has been more than one generation since the fake death of Jesus before any of this was ever written. It's not like this is some court reporting or anything like that.
Of all those books, the Gospel of Mark is the only worthwhile one and is also pretty fuckin' metal when you think about it.
I guess these people need something to hold on to though. If you take all the ethnic and religious connotations out of the passion it's simply the story of a socialist killed by an occupational government at the behest of bankers. Now the public can have that be the end story, can they?