I am a faithful reader of Catholic New York. But I also read on a regular basis Jewish weeklies to get a feeling of how Christians and Christianity are covered in the Jewish press.
I have to admit that I am amazed of how positively the subjects of Israel, Judaism and Jews are treated in Catholic New York. Even when criticisms are warranted they are toned down. In the Jewish press it is exactly the opposite.
Take for instance the 50th anniversary of Auschwitz. In Catholic New York of Feb. 2, there were two articles entitled: "The Wounds Remain" and "Remember and Love". In the Jewish weekly Forwardof Feb. 3, there were also two articles entitled: "Absence of Outrage" and "The Day Publicity Verged on Desecration". These very titles reflect totally different attitudes.
All these articles deal with the same event and mention more or less the same details. Let me quote some of what Rabbi Avi Weiss wrote in his article, Absence of Outrage: "When I came here (at Auschwitz-Birkenau), I wasn't sure how serious an affront the church is to the memory of 6 million. It's worse than I ever imagined; This cross is a desecration of the 6 million; The church is an even greater insult to the memory of the dead."
In the same issue of Forward, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, the Archbishop of Paris, was the subject of a Letter-to-the-Editor. This is how he was treated: "Cardinal Lustiger comes from a Jewish home in Poland, abandoned his faith and converted to Christianity. The cardinal deserted and betrayed his people after World War II, in the aftermath of the Holocaust, in which more than 6 million of his sisters and brothers were killed by ruthless enemies---including members of the church he embraced.
ý"Not only, in my opinion, should Christians resist the hijacking of the Holocaust by Israel and the Jews but they also must reject the politicization of the Holocaust, because this is what cleverly Israel is doing. Most importantly, they must refuse to be intimated or blackmailed. The Holocaust must not be a license in the hands of people like Avi Weiss to vilify the Church and degrade the Cross.
February 7, 1995]