February 7, 2008
Objections From Both Sides On Rewrite Of Latin Prayer
by Rohan Parker
Tuesday saw a new Good Friday prayer being issued by Pope Benedict XVI, as a replacement for the controversial Latin prayer that has drawn criticism from the Jewish community.
The old Latin prayer had been denounced for containing language that many Jewish groups found offensive, and whilst the Pope has altered it, he was still calling for the conversion of Jews to the Catholic faith.
Unfortunately for the Pope, both traditionalist Catholic groups, and representatives of Jewish community, aren’t happy with the new prayer. Many people from the Jewish community have stated they still find the prayer offensive, and Catholic traditionalists have stated they preferred the original prayer.
This new alteration comes after last years controversy, when Benedict allowed the the traditional version of the Latin Mass, known as the Tridentine rite, to be used more widely.
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