An End to the Good Friday Controversy?

Mr. Michael Matt, at The Remnant, considers the following paragraph from a recent La Civiltà Cattolica to be a semi-official termination of the controversy surrounding the new prayer for the Jews:

This [the new GF prayer] contains nothing that is offensive toward Jews, because in it the Church asks God what St. Paul asked for Christians: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ may enlighten the eyes of the Ephesians’ hearts, that they may understand the gift of salvation that they have in Jesus Christ (cf. Ephesians 1:18-23). The Church, in fact, believes that salvation is only in Jesus Christ, as is said in the Acts of the Apostles (4:12). It is clear, besides, that Christian prayer can be nothing other than ‘Christian’, meaning that it is founded upon the faith – which is not that of all – that Jesus is the Savior of all men. For this reason, the Jews have no reason to be offended if the Church asks God to enlighten them so that they may freely recognize Christ, the only Savior of all men, and that they too may be saved by the One whom Shalom Ben Chorin, a Jew, calls ‘Brother Jesus’. (See March 1, 2008 issue of “La Civiltà Cattolica,” issue number 3785, “Oremus et pro Iudaeis,” by Fr. Giuseppe De Rosa, S.J.) [Full Article]