Saturday, May 05, 2018

Well that was depressing

A few days ago I read a post in a news forum that is supposedly Christian, by a Catholic living in Jerusalem. He said that things are very hard and that frankly the ultra Orthodox Israelis are pretty vocal and sometimes physical about their hatred of Christians. The comments were depressing. There was not one word of support for the Catholics. It was obvious that most of the people who commented believe in the Scofield Bible and were of the John Hagee persuasion. They accused the Catholics of lying or of being anti-Semitic or of not being helpful.  I've noticed that many American Christians are either ignorant of the plight of Christians in the Middle East or find the Christians to be inconvenient and embarrassing because the Christians of the Middle East don't fit into their political world view.
I've said it before and I'll say it again now. It's shameful that with  the exceptions of the Franciscans, (the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher--I originally forgot about them)  and the Knights of Columbus,  most of the concern and assistance to Christians in the Middle East seems to be coming from the Eastern Orthodox.  I rarely see Western Catholics say a word about their suffering brethren.




1 comment:

Mrs. H. said...

The Equestrian Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem have since the time of the Crusades helped the Christians in the Holy Land. This is a Papal Order for both clerical and lay Catholics. We help with time, talent and treasure the Christians in need in the Holy Land. We have Day care centers, hospitals, The University of Bethlehem, and many other things. We help women who have fled Middle Eastern countries learn skills to enable them to have a life off the streets. If you ever see the Pope doing the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday you will notice that he is escorted by the Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order. That said, the plight of the Christians in the Holy Land is horrendous and practically unknown by the rest of the world. Our Lady of Palestine, pray for us!