Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Pope Francis a heretic?

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter Square, Feb. 22, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.
Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter Square, Feb. 22, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

Forget about the fun perspective of having the US President impeached. How about an RC attempt to excommunicate the Pope?

It’s not a joke. In a 20-page letter, conservative Roman-Catholics are trying to find ways to get rid of the Holy See. You should know that the proverbial Papal infallibility is merely a myth. But to try and dump the saintly Pontiff is new to me.

True, just after his election, this Pope reportedly said: May G-d forgive them for their choice. He’s been naughty from the start. But he’s also been moderate and humble. He’s not been the great reformer who left no stone unturned.

A few example of how he did not make progress:

  • He did not declare that RCs are obligated to help baptized Jews to return to their undiluted Jewish roots and become proper Jews.
  • He did not state that homosexuals must marry same sex partners and must be given preferential treatment for teaching, adoptive parenthood.
  • He did not utter that every RC priest who cannot keep the celibate (which is 97% of the men) should get married and have children.
  • He did not say that divorce is OK because the Jews teach us it is.
  • He did not articulate that women can be priests as soon as women can be Orthodox rabbis (soon).
  • He did not pronounce that the Church can learn from post-WW II Germany that real pride lies in disavowing, not denying, a past lack of resistance to evil.
  • He did not claim that the real priesthood is to convert to Judaism.

This conservative revolt is a good lesson for those Jews who thought that centralized leadership of our religion would bring more unity.

The Vatican, though, has a time-tested method for dealing with dissidents. They just ignore them and wait for them to die — they all do.

So maybe the Jewish Talmudic method is better: let everyone argue everyone and include them all in one big community. Time will tell who was more right than others but argue we shall.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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