In the city I live in, there is a chain of drugstores and at one location, a Roman Catholic, (I surmise) has been quietly leaving his or her copy of the “B.C. Catholic” there, a journal that looks like a newspaper. I noticed it among the other newspapers some time ago. I don’t know if drugstore management is aware of this. In any event, if I see it, I will pick it up to see what it contains. In the November 16 issue of 2015, I noticed quite an interesting article. It was titled, “Interfaith event attracts many believers”, written by Agnieszka Krawczynski. It reports on an “inter-religious dialogue conference” that happened on November 4th, last year, in Vancouver. The article very interestingly quotes the keynote speaker, a Roman Catholic priest:
“By the large, the history of Christianity’s relationship with non-Christian religions since Constantine can be characterized by competition, dominance, ignorance, and violence. There were always exceptions, but this is a generalization,” said keynote speaker Father Darren Dias, OP
Now by Christianity, if one reads Roman Catholicism, which is what the speaker is really saying, then you have, I would suggest, a more accurate picture of the Roman Catholic Church that has also been given by such commentators such as Charles Chiniquy. It began at the time of Constantine, hundreds of years after the church was established, not before, from the time of Peter, and has been, as Mr. Dias says, characterized by these generally un-Christian things, such as competition, dominance, ignorance and violence. Krawczynski also declared:
There were several theological issues, including the view that Christians had replaced the Jews as God’s chosen ones because the Jews had rejected Jesus as the Messiah. There was also the claims that the Jews had killed God, a ‘charge that was often cited as justification for violence’
This is something that David Yallop spoke of in his book, The Power and the Glory: Inside the Dark Heart of John Paul II’s Vatican. For instance, Yallop declared that in post-World War 2 Poland:
The killings in Poland did not stop when the war ended. The identity of the killers changed but not the category of victims. The virus of anti-Semitism within Roman Catholic Poland continued as if there had not been a World War, or places as Auschwitz, Treblinka or Belzec. Returning Jews who had survived the Holocaust found that the Germans had indeed gone but the Jew-hating Poles had not.
Yallop has pointed out that Easter was often dangerous time for the Jews as they had been accused of “Killing Christ”, the Roman Catholic Church having not generally taught its flock that the Gentiles were also involved in the crucifixion of Christ and that the sacrifice of Christ was ultimately part of God’s redemptive plan. A most interesting article in this Roman Catholic publication in any event.