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Adelaide - Australian Archbishop Bans Jokes About Jews

Published on: April 24, 2009 09:18 AM
By: ABC Australia
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Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson: no Jewish jokes or Yahweh. (ABC TV)Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson: no Jewish jokes or Yahweh. (ABC TV)

Adelaide - The Archbishop of Adelaide has told Catholics they should not tell Jewish jokes or use the Jewish name Yahweh in readings and songs.

In a pastoral letter to priests, Archbishop Philip Wilson has asked for a substitute word such as Lord to be used instead of the Jewish sacred name.

Archbishop Wilson says Catholics must be respectful and sensitive towards Jewish people.

“In the letter it says that what will happen is people who are involved as experts in these areas will make changes so there will be appropriate words that can be used,” he said.

“It won’t be confusing if you use the word Lord as a substitute or another word as a substitute, then that will work really well.

“My sense about this is we have to be especially careful about the way that we talk about the Jewish people because of the way that they’ve been persecuted and treated for over a thousand years, and especially during the Holocaust in the Second World War,” he said.



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 Apr 24, 2009 at 08:48 AM Anonymous Says:

A Tzaddik here. I nominate him for next Pope. At last someone who gets it.

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 08:53 AM NeveAliza Says:

All jokes or just not the funny ones?

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 09:12 AM Jacob Says:

To Mr. Anonymous:

No need posting your comments anymore. We all know that you understand the Gentiles, care about, defend, and love them.

Very touching.

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 09:07 AM Anonymous Says:

a rabbi & a priest were sitting at a bar - when in walked a...never mind...

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 10:55 AM Avrohom Abba Says:

Very nice to hear!
Ah gezundt oyf zayn kappeleh!

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 11:40 AM Anonymous Says:

A rabbi, a priest, and a minister walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What is this, some kind of joke?"

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 01:41 PM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #3  
Jacob Says:

To Mr. Anonymous:

No need posting your comments anymore. We all know that you understand the Gentiles, care about, defend, and love them.

Very touching.

When Gentiles care about us, we should express gratitude toward them. When they express hatred toward us, we should not! This Gentile is in the former category. If we express hostility toward Gentiles who care about us, why should they continue to do so?

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 Apr 24, 2009 at 02:06 PM Anonymous Says:



if the opposite were true, what would we do between mincha and maariv.

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