Catholic Church Blasted for Lack of Jewish Popes

Mar 04, 2013

Jennifer-RubinA Washington Post columnist has called out the Catholic Church for alleged anti-Semitism in selecting its next pope.

Jennifer Rubin, a conservative columnist and blogger, questioned why no Jewish people were considered to replace retiring Pope Benedict XVI in an online column, “Catholic Chutzpah: Vatican Snubs Jewish Candidates,” which was published Monday.

Rubin, who often writes about political and Israeli issues, claimed Jewish people were deliberately ignored for consideration of the most powerful position in the Catholic Church.

“I looked at the list of cardinals who are potential contenders to be the new pope,” Rubin wrote, “and was immediately struck by what I did not see: a single Jewish person, man or woman, being considered.

“It seems that anti-Semitic discrimination is alive and well in the Catholic Church if Jewish people have no chance of attaining this holy post,” Rubin wrote. “In fact, I can’t name a single Jewish person who holds any office – minor or significant – in the Catholic Church. And when is the last time that any pope took a strong stand on Israel?

“I guess Vatican City is like one big country club, or a Palestinian rally: No Jews need apply!”

Canon law states that any male who has been baptized is eligible to become pope, though popes traditionally are selected from the church hierarchy.

At least 10 frontrunners were identified as potential successors to Pope Benedict XVI, whose resignation, the first by a pope in nearly 600 years, took effect Feb. 28. His successor will be chosen by 115 cardinals in a secret election, known as a conclave, by early March.

Rubin’s article was removed from the Washington Post’s website after it received more than 5,000 comments in one hour, most of which were negative, ripping into Rubin’s lack of knowledge about the church.

Catholic and Jewish leaders quickly condemned Rubin’s article through press releases and via Twitter.

“Does this woman not understand how our selection process for pope works?” said William Maher, bishop for the Los Angeles diocese. “It helps if you’re an actual member of the church, for Christ’s sake.”

“Secular Jews already control Hollywood, and now they want to control our beloved Church?” said William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, in a statement posted on its website. “It’s time for Catholics to stand up and say, Enough is Enough!”

“To be fair, not many Catholics are actively involved in our synagogues,” said Rabbi Jay D. Harmeyer of Mishegas K’nish Synagogue in New York City.

The Washington Post’s ombudsman, C. Murph Brown III, said the article was removed on the advice of the Post’s lawyers. However, he defended the article as typical of Rubin’s columns.

“Mrs. Rubin is one of the Post’s most prolific, thought-provoking and provocative columnists,” he wrote in an email. “From claiming that Jews hate Sarah Palin, claiming President Obama hates Israel, blaming the Anders Breivik attacks in Norway on Muslims, tacitly endorsing genocide against Palestinians. She even accuses everyone here of anti-Semitism, including other Jews, if we don’t provide her bagels in the morning.

“It seems ridiculous to me that she should be singled out for this one article.”

Rubin also defended her article by email.

“Child molesters are OK, but Jewish people are not OK with the Church?” Rubin wrote in an email. “Are you telling me Jerry Sandusky is a better choice than Jerry Seinfeld? The Church picked a former Hitler youth for pope. How is that not anti-Semitic?"

Rubin was not the only columnist to question the Catholic Church’s selection of pope.

Jezebel, a website focusing on women's issues, also took aim at the Catholic Church’s selection process that excludes female Catholics.

“The real issue here is why not one woman was considered,” wrote columnist Marcine D’Arcy. “It seems the Catholic Church remains a good-old boys club: sexist and misogynist to the core.”

  • The next Pope must be a black lesbian Muslim transvestite in a wheelchair. Anything less is discrimination.

  • -Z

    . . . .With ADHD, strawberry. And PTSD. And homeless.

  • Anyone met any Roman Catholic rabbis lately?

  • Jimmy Stull


  • Maybe the Catholics should look out for the Buddhists being offended that none of their holy men were considered for the position.

  • Craig J. Bolton

    I guess I don’t quite get the absurdity of this comment. According to Jewish Law (halacha) a person is Jewish if his mother was Jewish – and the status is inheritable through the female line . By that criterion I think that it is probable that there are a number of Priests (maybe even Bishops), whose maternal great grandmothers or great great grandmothers were Jewish, and who, hence, are also Jewish.) Of course, if one believes that the Jewish People are collectively and individually responsible for killing Christ………..

    So who is ignorant in assessing this comment?

  • name

    Wasn’t Petrus the very first pope jewish?

  • Is this woman serious? Or is she retarded?

  • What is a secular Jew?

  • “Becoming Jewish means that most of what you were
    taught about spirituality until now will be irrelevant, and in many
    cases wrong. You must drop the religious beliefs taught you by whatever
    other religion(s) you once followed or read about. People sometimes ask
    me, ‘Can I convert to Judaism and still believe in Jesus?’ The answer is
    no. This is not something negotiable in Judaism.”

  • “You must also accept the fact that it is Hashem’s
    Torah that defines what is right and what is wrong, what is spiritual
    and what is mundane, what elevates a person and what lowers him. Human
    beings do not make those determinations, and every such decision that a
    Rabbi makes is based on Torah precedent, i.e., established Jewish Law.” Now where does the conflict originate? Jew Pope now!!

  • No. They are hanging out with Ayatollahs these days.

  • bufkus

    have you read any other article on this site?

  • Grand Republic

    Is this women just stupid,or mentally ill ? The Roman Catholic Church is a the biggest CHRISTIAN DENOMINATION IN THE WORLD… It was founded by the followers of JESUS CHRIST ! Does she believe in Christ or his message ? The Vatican 2 Council Church since the 60’s has done EVERYTHING possible to alter,Doctrine,to assuage pressure from the Jews… since that time, the Church has gone into decline,and disrepute……But still Ms Rubin is not satisfied…. See How Jews Mock Christ.Brother Nathanael Foundation.Com…SATAN AT THE WALING WALL.Brother Nathanael Foundation.com…Bishop Williamson:You Tube.. Google Malachi Martin… See how the Church was taken… Ugly Truth.com

  • moofish

    Ha ha, I will shamelessly copy bufkus’s answer from below: have you read any other article on this site?