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Jews Severing Ties with the Vatican

Thomas Whitley

A USA Today article (found here) speaks of Israel’s chief rabbinate severing its ties with the Vatican.

Israel’s chief rabbinate severed ties with the Vatican on Wednesday to protest a papal decision to reinstate a bishop who publicly denied 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust.

The Jewish state’s highest religious authority sent a letter to the Holy See expressing “sorrow and pain” at the papal decision. “It will be very difficult for the chief rabbinate of Israel to continue its dialogue with the Vatican as before,” the letter said. Chief rabbis of both the Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews were parties to the letter.

This is quite saddening, as their relationship had been quite good since 2000 when the relationship was formally made by Pope John Paul II’s visit to Jerusalem. I cannot say, thought, that I find fault in the move of these Jews. The Church needs to realize that there are consequences to their actions.

B16 “expressed his ‘full and indisputable solidarity’ with Jews.” These words seem to be too little, too late. The old adage proves once again to be true: actions speak louder than words. The Pope’s action of reinstating Bishop Williamson has been heard around the world, while his verbal solidarity with Jews is but a whisper.

NB: Thanks to my mom for sharing the article with me.

Lonely Society

Thomas Whitley

Dr. Goodman loved the movie Into the Wild. I loved it too, mostly because it is a great move, but also because Dr. Goodman thought so highly of it. Eddie Vedder did all of the music for the soundtrack (which is fantastic, by the way, and can/should be picked up here). One of the songs on the soundtrack is called “Society.” The best line is certainly:

“Society, you’re a crazy breed. Hope you’re not lonely without me.”

Every time I hear this song or hear the lyrics in my head I can hear Dr. Goodman singing it.

Danny, you are right, society is certainly a crazy breed, but as to the rest of it: I am; we are.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, NPR Music is phenomenal. Their musical selection is superb and they offer live concerts, studio sessions and interviews and profiles with musicians.Since I can’t go to Asheville tonight to hear Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, I’m listening to the concert they did in D.C. 3 days ago.

Thomas Whitley



In case you haven’t figured it out yet, NPR Music is phenomenal. Their musical selection is superb and they offer live concerts, studio sessions and interviews and profiles with musicians.

Since I can’t go to Asheville tonight to hear Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, I’m listening to the concert they did in D.C. 3 days ago.

For some reason that I may never know I have been deprived of the great amazing music by Something Corporate until now. If you have been under the same rock I have been, then welcome to the world of Something Corporate.You’re welcome.

Thomas Whitley



For some reason that I may never know I have been deprived of the great amazing music by Something Corporate until now. If you have been under the same rock I have been, then welcome to the world of Something Corporate.

You’re welcome.