Question 15:

If the crucifixion was the will of your God, should He then not thank the Jews and Pontius Pilate? What do the terms, such as peuple déicide (people that killed God), peuple maudit (cursed race), peuple reprouvé (thrown out of grace) that fill the entire Christian history show? What is the main reason why the term déicide has found a place in Western language?


Answer: First of all, read the following passages in introducing theme 3 once more carefully: Cross, Sin, Redemption. III, 2.1; 2.2; 2.3 and the section in IV, that begins with The Crucifixion of Jesus.


There we say amongst other things: Jesus was condemned to death by the people -- and crucifixion happened to be the punishment under Roman law envisaged for the action of which He was accused. Ultimately, He was given over to death on the cross because of His attitude during His life towards God and the Jewish law, the Torah. The world, such as it is, could not tolerate Jesus’s fundamental criticism of its sinful structures. Jesus was the victim of the power of evil: Hatred, injustice, envy, self-interest, separation from Gods true demand on us – all those powers that still shape the world today.

Therefore, it is also a wicked misunderstanding to blame the Jewish people as such and alone for the death of Jesus. Ultimately, the sin of each and every one of us is responsible for the rejection of Jesus and for His condemnation and execution. The Second Vatican Council says in this regard in the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. (Nostra Aetate), Nr. 4:

"True, the Jewish authorities and those who followed their lead pressed for the death of Christ (cf. Jn 19:6); still, what happened in His passion cannot be charged against all the Jews, without distinction, then alive, nor against the Jews of today. Although the Church is the new people of God, the Jews should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God, as if this followed from the Holy Scriptures. All should see to it, then, that in catechetical work or in the preaching of the word of God they do not teach anything that does not conform to the truth of the Gospel and the spirit of Christ.

Furthermore, in her rejection of every persecution against any man, the Church, mindful of the patrimony she shares with the Jews and moved not by political reasons but by the Gospel's spiritual love, decries hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone.

Besides, as the Church has always held and holds now, Christ underwent His passion and death freely, because of the sins of men and out of infinite love, in order that all may reach salvation. It is, therefore, the burden of the Church's preaching to proclaim the cross of Christ as the sign of God's all-embracing love and as the fountain from which every grace flows.”

Thus it is clear that the slogans and expressions given in the question do not correspond to Christian Catholic teaching. On the contrary, they are to be condemned outright.

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