Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

A ridiculous quote in the New York Times

In a recent article in the New York Times concerning upcoming Vatican approval for more use of the Tridentine (Old Latin) Mass in the Roman Church, there was this interesting quote.

"In addition, Jews and Catholics involved in interfaith relations have expressed concerns to Vatican officials that the Tridentine liturgy still includes passages offensive to Jews. The liturgy for Good Friday, for instance, contains a prayer “for the conversion of the Jews.”
The Rev. Keith Pecklers, a Jesuit liturgical scholar at the Gregorian University in Rome, said: “We’ve made tremendous progress in 40 years of Jewish-Christian relations since Vatican II. What will that mean now to return to a liturgy that prays for the conversion of the Jews on Good Friday?"

God help us if we are not praying for the conversion of the Jews, and Muslims, and Mormons, and Jehovah's Witnessess, and Scientologists, and all those who do not know that Jesus Christ is Lord as he as revealed himself to us in Scripture and the breaking of bread! What arrogance and prejudice to exclude any group/person from the Good News that Salvation is ONLY through the name of Jesus Christ!