It is wonderful to see a Roman Catholic parish respond to the call to solidarity issued in 2009 by all the Christian churches including the Catholic patriarch Michael Sabbah.
This prophetic, biblical statement Kairos Palestine modeled on the Kairos South Africa document of 1985 is addressed to “all the churches and Christians in the world, asking them to stand against injustice and apartheid urging them to work for a just peace.
Like the call of the crucified yet risen messiah, Jesus the Jew who himself lived under occupation, Kairos Palestine minced no words:
We proclaim our word based on our Christian faith and our sense of Palestinian belonging – a word of faith, hope and love.
We declare that the military occupation of Palestinian land constitutes a sin against God and humanity. Any theology that legitimizes the occupation and justifies crimes perpetrated against the Palestinian people lies far from Christian teachings.
St Joseph’s parish is extending its “hand in the water” to a besieged people whose hand is in the fire. I am very grateful for their witness in Hamilton. I am no stranger to this community as my grandson Joseph had his first communion here.
I am simply the interlocutor, a lifelong Roman Catholic struggling to be a Christian responding to a call.
This invite was sent out by the Committee for justice and Peace in the Middle East
In Hamilton: “I was a Catholic Zionist”
Free Event ~ Donation Welcome
Monday, May 13 7 PM
St. Joseph’s Parish Hall
260 Herkimer St. (Hamilton L8P 2H9)
(wheelchair-accessible; Locke St. bus route and ample parking)
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
CJPME is delighted to invite you to a talk by Ted Schmidt, entitled, “I was a Catholic Zionist” this Monday, May 13, 2019 in Hamilton, cohosted by CJPME Hamilton and the Hamilton Diocesan Council for Development and Peace. Mr. Schmidt was longtime editor of The Catholic New Times, and will speak about his journey from a supporter of Zionism to one who is alarmed by what Zionism, as a political movement, is doing to Judaism. The event is also the official book launch of Mr. Schmidt’s book, entitled, “I was a Catholic Zionist: A Biblical Challenge to Tribalism and Idolatry.”
Following three trips to Palestine and years of research, the author documents his journey from a supporter of Zionism to one who is alarmed by what the political movement is doing to Judaism. A former editor of the Catholic New Times, Ted Schmidt traces the history of Zionism from the writings and influence of Theodore Herzl in the late nineteenth century, to the founding of the State of Israel in 1947, to the present day.
The book offers the reader well-documented and factual reports of the words and actions taken by some of the important and influential thinkers, and political and religious leaders of the times. Searching for answers from a biblical perspective and inspired by his Jewish friends and rabbi “teachers”, Schmidt also provides a very personal account of his “reformation”. He comes to agree with Allan Brownfeld of the American Council for Judaism who said: “Zionism was flawed from the beginning as it rejected the dominant spiritual history and essence of Judaism.”
What people are saying about this book: “… Ted Schmidt has written a clear-eyed, deeply moral, and highly readable account of his conversion from an uncritical Christian supporter of Zionism to a passionate advocate for justice for Palestinians. … he writes from a place of profound respect and affection for Jews and a deeply impressive knowledge of Jewish history, politics and theology.” – Sheryl Nestel, Independent Jewish Voices of Canada
“…In plain language [the author] delves into the beginnings, growth and present realities of Zionism and the ongoing devastation it has wreaked on Palestinians. But in his research he also discovered modern-day prophets–Jews of Conscience–who are heartsick at what is being done in their name.” – Fr. Bob Holmes, CSB, member of the Christian Peacemaker Team
“… Never vindictive and always scrupulously fair, Schmidt shares the clear evidence that has brought him out of the darkness to see what has been wrought by Zionism on the Palestinian people and the real damage done to justice internationally.” – Robert Massoud, founder of Beit Zatoun, Toronto-based art gallery & culture centre
Hope to have you join us!
The CJPME Team
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Mr. Schmidt’s talk will be followed by Q&A.