After Pope Benedict rewrote the Prayer for the Jews to be used on Good Friday in the More Authentic Form of the Roman Rite, a nasty uproar was raised by the German episcopate with which, unfortunately, the CBCEW gullibly associated itself.
We were told about the multitudes of Jews who were 'distressed' by Papa Ratzinger's formula.
I never believed any of that. A prayer written to be used by mere handfuls of people one day a year in a dead language would not have such an electrifying effect ... unless ... it were being deliberately misused by malevolent people to stir up trouble. If there were distressed Jews, my suspicion is that they were the victims, the stooges, of 'Catholics' who had an anti-Ratzingerian agenda. In other words, such Jews were the collateral damage in an intra-Catholic war.
But if representatives of Rabbinic Judaism had really wanted an occasio belli against traddy Catholics, there is a much more plausible one they could have used.
Until the post-Conciliar disorders, every Latin-Rite priest, every morning, mentioned in his Eucharistic Prayer "our Patriarch Abraham". Notice, recollect, the ease with which one slips into these familiar words ... our Patriarch ... can there be anything more natural to say ...
Rabbinic Judaist polemicists could have raised a great cry against us ... that of kidnapping Abraham. Abraham, they might have said, was their Patriarch.
It is, surely, our contention that we are God's Holy People; that the great and wonderful continuity which runs from the beginning of the 'Old' Testament to the end of the 'New', is the Unity of one single People of God.
There are not two 'religions', Judaism and Christianity. There is one Holy People. We are it.
After the fall of the Temple, some congregations adhered to a compromised and reconstructed Judaism, centred on Synagogue, Rabbi, and Family. Perforce, they abandoned the great swathes of the Torah which dealt with sacrificial legislation involving the Temple.
We, on the other hand, with our rich experience and inheritance of the great Truth of the offering of Abraham's Son, the Messiah, upon Mount Moriah, continued with our sacrifice-based model of religion.
In the post-Conciliar period, I believe a total of a dozen or more 'Eucharistic Prayers' were eventually authorised ... although I don't believe that have all suervived in on-going editiones typicae of the Missale Romanum.
Not one of those new Prayers retained 'Abraham' ... let alone the easy, companionable, 'our'.
I am not going to suggest a conspiracy theory. But Abraham's disappearance happened, and, as with all Stuff that Happened, one can interrogate it.
The elision of Abraham happened.
It looks to me de facto Anti-Semitic. And the disappearance ... whatever the mechanisms and the motives ... happened.
Tomorrow, more on the constructive anti-semitism of some important forms of 'Catholicism'.