“Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people yielding is fruits.” (Matt. 21:43).
This was in the Novus ordo Gospel reading of today.
If your priest is worth something, he has probably touched the matter of Supersessionism: the old covenant has ceased, the New Covenant has substituted it. The New Covenant is not something existing besides the old one. If it were so, Christ would be an option. But Christ is not an option. Not if you are Christian, and not if you aren’t.
The Church expressed this Truth admirably in the following excerpt from the famous Council of Florence:
“The sacrosanct Roman Church … firmly believes, professes, and teaches that the matter pertaining to the Old Testament, of the Mosaic law, which are divided into ceremonies, sacred rites, sacrifices, and sacraments, because they were established to signify something in the future, although they were suited to the divine worship at that time, after Our Lord’s coming had been signified by them, ceased, and the sacraments of the New Testament began; … All, therefore, who after that time observe circumcision and the Sabbath and the other requirements of the law, it (the Roman Church) declares alien to the Christian faith and not in the least fit to participate in eternal salvation, unless someday they recover from these errors.”
It truly is very clear, and of course it does not deny the issues of the Invincible Ignorance, but it puts it in the proper context: might it be that Christ decides to save the one or the other who, by way of special goodness, is deemed worthy of escaping a horrible fate, the horrible fate is still the standard fate that expects him bar an extraordinary act of mercy, because (from the same council):
“The Most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews, heretics, and schismatics can ever be partakers of eternal life, but that they are to go into the eternal fire ‘which was prepared for the devil and his angels,’ (Mt. 25:41) unless before death they are joined with Her…”
(note it does not state “they decide of their own conscious volition to join Her”; God shall not take orders from men).
In short, therefore, it can be safely said that we not only can, but must profess that there can be no two acceptable ways, Christianity and Judaism.
This article explains in detail not only the right and wrong positions on this issue, but the progressive slip into error of now several Popes (Benedict not excluded), who have either openly expressed themselves in a way contrary to Supersessionism or have allowed their position to remain ambiguous at best.
I only add the immense hypocrisy of saying to Christians
When one does not profess Jesus Christ, I am reminded of the phrase of Léon Bloy: “He who does not pray the Lord, prays the devil”.When one does not profess the Lord, one professes the worldliness of the devil, the worldliness of Satan.
The Church officially recognizes that the People of Israel continue to be the Chosen People. Nowhere does it say, ‘You lost the game, now it is our turn’
or to all non-Catholics
“Do you need to convince the other to become Catholic? No, no, no!
Is he, or is he not, The Most Astonishing Hypocrite In Church History, short: TMAHICH?*
Articles like Vennari’s should actually come from religious, not laymen. The laymen are busying the keyboards because the clergy are, with some laudable exception, pretty much missing in action; or rather, missing in inaction.
Enjoy the article, which is not very long considering the importance and the scale of the matter.
And think of it next time you see a Pope with a kippah, and participating to some Jewish ritual.
* ® Mundabor 2014.