Pave Benedikt 16. har introdusert en ny bønn som skal leses under Langfredagsmessen. Der står det at menigheten vil be om at jødene blir opplyst og erkjenner at Jesus også er deres frelser. Rabbinere finner teksten ytterst krenkende, på en dag hvor jøder historisk har fått skylden for Jesu død.
Den opprinnelige bønnen som ble lest på Langfredag behandlet jødene som formørket:
«Let us pray also for the faithless Jews: that almighty God may remove the veil from their hearts; so that they too may acknowledge Jesus Christ our Lord.»
Det annet Vatikankonsil som satt sammen fra 1962-1965, ville ta et oppgjør med denne arven, og introduserte en mer nøytral variant:
«Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in the love of his name and in faithfulness to his covenant.»
Denne versjonen har fullt ut vært akseptert av jødiske religiøse ledere. De kan ikke forstå hvorfor Benedikt 16. ønsker å erstatte den med noe som minner om gamle dager.
Last month, the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI had revised the so-called «Good Friday Prayer for the Jews» which forms part of the Tridentine Mass, often referred to as the Latin Mass. The new version, translated from the Latin, reads: «Let us also pray for the Jews: That our God and Lord may illuminate their hearts, that they acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all men.»
Der Spiegel har snakket med den tyske rabbineren Walter Homolka.
He is trying to focus on the specific aspects of his church — that’s his duty. But in this case he has lost his sensitivity. It is insulting to Jews that the Catholic Church, in the context of Good Friday of all things, is once again praying for the illumination of the Jews, so that we can acknowledge Jesus as the savior. Such statements are made in a historical context which is closely connected with discrimination, persecution and death. Given the weight of responsibility that the Catholic Church has acquired in its history with Judaism, most recently during the Third Reich, this is completely inappropriate and must be rejected to the utmost degree.