Pope Saint Pius X told Theodore Hertzl, founder of Zionism, that the Catholic Church would not recognize the establishment a Jewish State in Palestine because the Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messias, the Christ. Contrariwise, before becoming Pope Pius XII, Msgr. Eugenio Pacelli urged German Catholics, in the year 1926, to support a Jewish homeland in Palestine. (See today’s Catholic Culture post here.)
With the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, the mid-east has known no peace. Israel’s acts of terrorism (even against the US navy) have led to three million Palestinians, Christians and Moslems, fleeing their homeland as refugees. Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese Christians have also fled from Moslem and Israeli terror over the past two decades.
Closer to our own time, mostly Baptist and Pentecostal evangelicals have lost all balance in taking a fanatical stand for Israel. The plight of the Christians in the Holy Land and in Lebanon mean nothing to them. They are hawking for immediate war against Israel’s enemies, so that, with the defeat of the Arabs (and now the Iranian Persians), Christ will come again and take them in a rapture to heaven without death. So, bombs away, bring on Armageddon — “Israel’s enemies are God’s enemies.” (With 300 nuclear warheads Israel is no David vs Goliath.) With the Christian Zionists, it’s as if there was no first coming of Christ, and His own race, the Jews, are still the chosen, even though they deny Him.
We Catholics have so much to be thankful for. And one thing more we can be thankful for is that we are not Christian Zionists, but members of the Mystical Body of Christ, docile to the teaching of His Church.
World News MSNBC: Thousands of miles from their home in Seymour, Tenn., Scott and Theresa Johnson host Shabbat dinners in their Jerusalem apartment every Friday night for “lone soldiers” — as the young men and women who travel from foreign countries to serve in the Israeli army are known. Full article is here.