very curious statement
I ran across this curious statement  by a Nobel Prize winner about Judaism....

It seems to sum up a position very similar to that of some traditional Catholics though he is a socialist or some kind of communist.

What do you think?


Jose de Sousa Saramago, born November 16, 1922) is a Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, playwright and journalist. His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor rather than the officially sanctioned story. Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1998. He founded the National Front for the Defense of Culture (Lisbon, 1992) with Freitas-Magalh's among others. He currently lives on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Spain.

Saramago has aroused controversy as a result of his opposition to Israel's actions in Palestine and Lebanon. In 2002, he wrote in El Pale, the international Spanish-language paper of record, that Israel brutalizes Palestinians because of Judaism itself.

"Intoxicated mentally by the messianic dream of a Greater Israel which will finally achieve the expansionist dreams of the most radical Zionism; contaminated by the monstrous and rooted 'certitude' that in this catastrophic and absurd world there exists a people chosen by God and that, consequently, all the actions of an obsessive, psychological and pathologically exclusivist racism are justified; educated and trained in the idea that any suffering that has been inflicted, or is being inflicted, or will be inflicted on everyone else, especially the Palestinians, will always be inferior to that which they themselves suffered in the Holocaust, the Jews endlessly scratch their own wound to keep it bleeding, to make it incurable, and they show it to the world as if it were a banner. Israel seizes hold of the terrible words of God in Deuteronomy: 'Vengeance is mine, and I will be repaid.' Israel wants all of us to feel guilty, directly or indirectly, for the horrors of the Holocaust; Israel wants us to renounce the most elemental critical judgment and for us to transform ourselves into a docile echo of its will"
Sums up my thoughts to a tee.

"It seems to sum up a position very similar to that of some traditional Catholics though he is a socialist or some kind of communist."


Some yes.  I wish to stress the word some.  I am a Traditional Catholic and yes some do hold similar views as the man you quote.  The socialist is not as much an irony as one would assume.  The English Catholics became involved in the Distrabutionist movement.  You will find frequent commentary on Chesterton and Balloc among others from the late 19th to early 20th centuries.  From there it spread to the US and among some Irish Catholics.  In short it claims to advocate the Medieval Guild system and a form of redistribution of wealth.


I think it is easy to see the similarity to modern socialism with that short description.  It clearly has a more religious flavor (and in that regard a better choice than the secular socialism) still it is redistribution of wealth which may explain the 20th centuries history of Catholic voting block generally favoring the more socialist leaning Democratic party in this country.  There are exceptions but in general you see most Catholic voters favoring the soft left.


The extreme tilt left has offended most Traditional Catholics in the last few decades so there is clearly a shift but many still harbor fond feelings to more socialistic forms of government.  One seminarian I talked to a few years ago was in undisguised awe of Fascist Spain.  I was a little surprised and he explained the Fascist were attempting to combine the socialist goals of the modern era with Catholic doctrine.


I do not see Franco of Spain as being the big evil many leftist what to make out of him but he was a socialist of the nationalist flavor in total opposition to the International flavor of socialism better known as communism.


The Pope spoke out against both Germany's Nazis (National Socialist Workers Party) and the Fascist of Italy in encyclical in the era they rose to power.


That a left leaning playwright sees the Jews in the same light as some of my more strident pew mates does not surprise me in the least.


The irony is too many Jews hold the very same political views and are more than willing to side with people they should be cautious in supporting.  I would wish they would listen to Traditional Catholics that do not share this view but they seem to only hear their critics and not those who would love to see them in Church one Sunday.


Pray for the conversion of the Jews.

It is more work than complaining about a change in the Good Friday Prayer but it is more useful.


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