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Taras Bulba
Wednesday, April 14th, 2004, 03:17 AM
Here is a 1933 sermon by Cardinal Fauhaber of Munich on the relationship between Judaism, Christianity, and racial/national pride(in this case Germany specifically). You people better enjoy it, I spent an hour typing this thing out.

Judaism, Christianity, and Germany
Cardinal Faulhaber

Already in the year 1899, on the occasion of the anti-semitic domstration at Hamburg, and simultaneously in Chamberlain's book The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century, a demand was raised for the complete seperation of Judaism from Christianity, and for the complete elimination from Christianity of all Jewish elements. Nearly two decades later these idea were once more propagated in such books as The Sin Against Blood, The Great Fraud, and The False God. Judaism and Christianity, it was maintained, were incompatible; the Jewish Bible must be replaced by a German Bible, Martin Luther had done only half his work, for in his Bible he had included the Scriptures of the Old Testament. Today these single voices have swelled together in a chorus: Away with the Old Testament! A Christianity which still clings to the Old Testament is a Jewish religion, irreconcilable with the spirit of the German people. Children at school must no longer be bothered with Bible stories of Joseph the Egyptian or the ancient Moses...Given the present general attitude of mind, this outcry is well calculated to shake the foundations of the faith in the souls of the German people.

Even the Person of Christ is not spared by this religious revolution. Some have indeed tried to save Him with a forged birth certificate, and have said that He was not a Jew at all but an Aryan, because there were Aryans among the inhabitants of Galilee. But so long as historical sources count for more than surmise, there can be no doubt about the fact. The first chapter of the first gospel gives us the genealogy of Jesus, with the title: "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham." Similarily, the Epistle to the Romans attests the origin of Jesus from the seed of David (i, 4). Undoubtedly the Galileans, a borderland people, were of mixed origin. But Christ was not born in Galilee; he was born in Bethlehem, the city of David, in the land of the tribe of Juda, and officially He was entered in the register as a descendent of David. And so others now take up the cry: Then we must renounce Him, if He was a Jew - and the scene of the Gospel is re-enacted: "They thrust Him out of the city and brought Him to the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, and they might cast Him down headlong" (Luke iv, 29). "Again they took up stones to stone Him" (John x, 31).

When such voices are raised, when such movements are afoot, the bishop cannot remain silent. When racial research, in itself not a religious matter, makes war upon religion and attacks the foundations of Christianity; when antagonism to the Jews of the present day is extended to the sacred books of the Old Testament and Christianity is condemned because it has relations of origins with pre-Christian Judaism; when stones are cast at the Person of our Lord and Savior, and this in the very year in which we are celebrating the centernary of his of work of Redemption, then the bishop cannot remain silent. And therefore I preach these Advent sermons on the Old Testament and its fufillment in Christianity.

On this subject I may claim to speak as a specialist, having spent eleven years of my life lecturing on these questions in the University of Wuzburg and having held the chair of Old Testament Scripture in the University of Strassburg...

So that I may be perfectly clear and preclude any possible misunderstanding, let me begin by making three distinctions. We must first distinguish between the people of Israel before and after the death of Christ. Before the death of Christ during the period between the calling of Abraham and the fullness of time, the people of Israel were the vehicle of Divine Revelation. The Spirit of God raised up and enlightened man who by the law, the Mosaic Torah, regulated their religious and civil life, by the Pslams provided them with a prayer book for family devotion and a hymn book for the public liturgy, by the Sapiential books taught them how to conduct their lives, and as prophets awakened the conscience of the nation with the living word. It is only with this Israel of the early biblical period that I shall deal in my Advent sermons.

After the death of Christ, Israel was dismissed from the service of Revelation. She had not known the time of her visitation. She had repudiated and rejected the Lord's Anointed, and had driven Him out of the city and nailed Him to the Cross. Then the veil of the Temple was rent, and with it the covenant between the Lord and His people. The daughters of Sion recieved the bill of divorce, and from that time forth Assuerus wanders, forever restless, over the face of the earth. Even after the death of Christ the Jews are still a "mystery", as St. Paul says(Rom. xi, 25); and one day, at the end of time, for them too the hour of grace will strike(Rom. xi, 26). But - I repeat - in these Advent sermons I am speaking only of pre-Christian Judaism.

In the second place we must distinguish between the Scriptures of the Old Testament on the one hand and the Talmudic writings of post-Christian Judaism on the other, whether these be glosses and commentaries on the biblical text or seperate religious works; I mean especially the Talmud, the Mischna, and the medieval code of laws, Schulchan Arukh. The Talmudic writings are the work of man; they were not prompted by the Spirit of God. It is only the sacred writings of pre-Christian Judaism, not the Talmud, that the Church of the New Testament has accepted as her inheritance.

Thirdly, we must distinguish in the Old Testament Bible itself between what had only transitory value and what had permanent value. the long genealogies had value in ancient times, but their value was not permanent; similarily the numerous regulations for the ancient sacrifices and cermonial cleansings. For the purpose of our subject we are concerned only with those religious, ethical, and social values of the Old Testament which remain as values also fro Christianity....

Let us venerate the Scriptures of the Old Testament! We do not set the Old Testament and the New on the same level. the Sacred Scriptures of the New Testament, the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and the Apocalypse must hold the place of honor. But the Scriptures of the Old Testament are also inspired, and therefore they are sacred books, precious stones for the building of God's kingdom, priceless values for our religious guidance.. And therefore the Church has stretched forth her protecting hand over the Scriptures of the Old Testament; she had gathered together the forty-five books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament into one volume, and she has used the text of the Old Testament also in her liturgy. By accepting these books Christianity does not become a Jewish religion. These books not composed by Jews; they are inspired by the Holy Ghost, and therefore they are the word of Gof, they are God's books. The writers of them were God's pencils, the Pslam-singers were harps in the hand of God, the prophets were announcers of God's revelation. It is for this reason that the Scriptures of the Old Testament are worthy of credence and veneration for all time. Antagonism to the Jews of today must not be extended to the books of pre-Christian Judaism.

In the New Testament, in the Epistle to the Hebrews (ch. 11), Abel, Enoch, and other figures of Old Testament history are held up as models of faith to be imitated by Christians. St. Francis of Assisi once picked up a scrap of paper from the ground. "Let no man tread this under foot," he said, "for the name of God can be written thereon." Let no man trample under foot the Sacred Scriptures of the Old Testament; for the name of God is written there. Cardinal Manning once said to the Jews: "I should not understand my own religion, had I no reverence for yours."

Let us venerate the Scriptures of the Old Testament! And let us not allow Bible history to be abolished in our schools! These biblical stories have a great educational value in the school, so long as they are well selected and told in attractive language, and if the teacher knows how to make them live.

Side by side with the Bible there is a secong source of revelation, the Tradition of the Church. Side by side with the Book stand the living teacher, the authority of the Church. Besides the good pasture stands the good architect. Therefore the anti-Moses movement does not affect us Catholics so vitally as our seperated brethern, who regard the Bible as the sole foundation of their faith. To these seperated brethern we stretch forth our hand to make common cause with them in defense of the sacred books of the Old Testament, so that we may save them for the German nation and preserve this precious treasury of doctrine for the Church schools...

From the Church's point of view there is no objection whatever to racial research and race culture. Nor is there any objection to the endeavor to keep national characteristics of a people as far as possible pure and unadulterated, and to foster their national spirit by emphasis upon the common ties of blood to unite them. From the Church's point of view we must make only three conditions: First, love of ones race must not lead to the hatred of other nations. Secondly, the individual must never consider himself freed from of nourishing his own soul by presevering use of the means of grace which the Church provides. The young man who is always hearing about the blessedness of his own race is apt too easily to conceive that he is no longer bound by duties to God and His Church, duties to humility and chastity. Thirdly, race culture must not assume an attitude of hostility to Christianity. What are we to say of the monstrous contention that Christianity - especially because it is burdened with Old Testament ideas - is not adapted to the genius of the nation, and that therefore it is an obstacle in the way of the national consciousness?

What is the relation of Christianity to the German race? Race and Christianity are not mutally opposed, but they do belonf to different orders. Race is of the natural order; Christianity is a revealed religion and therefore of the supernatural order. Race means union with the nation; Christianity means primarily union with God. Race is nationally inclusive and exclusive; Christianity is a world-wide message of salvation for all nations. The concepts of revelation and redemption, of supernature and grace must not be watered down. The fourth gospel makes a distinction between those who are born of blood and those who are born of God (John i, 13). Christ also clearly distinguished between what flesh and blood had revealed and what was revealed by the Father in heaven( Matt. xvi, 17 foll.). We are Christians not because we are born of Christian parents; we are Christians because after our birth we were reborn and made a new creature by baptism in Christ(2 Cor. xv, 17).

No nation ever insisted more on race and ties of blood than the Israelites of the Old Testament. But in the fullness of time the dogma of race was eclipsed by the dogma of faith. Around the cradle of Bethlehem there were Jews and pagans, shepherds from the land of Juda and wise men from the East. In this kingdom of this Child, according to the words of His Apostle, "there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek, for the same is Lord over all" (Rom. x, 12)

What is the relation of Christianity to the German race? The Christian. so long as he observes the above conditions, is not forbidden to stand up for his race and for its rights. It is possible, therefore, without divided allegiance, to be an upright German and at the same time an upright Christian. Hence there is no need to turn our backs upon Christianity and to set up a Nordic or Germanic religion, in order to profess our nationality. But we must never forget: we are not redeemed with German blood. We are redeemed with the Precious Blood of our crucified Lord (1 Pet. i,9). There is no other name and no other blood under Heaven, in which we can be saved, but the name and blood of Christ.

From His Eminence Cardinal Faulhaber, Judaism, Christianity, and Germany: Advent Sermons Preached in St. Michaels, Munich, in 1993, translated by Rev. George D. Smith(London: Burns, Oates and Washbourne, Ltd., 1934), pp 1-6, 13-16, 107-110.

Good reply by JoeMcCarthy from Phora:


Excellent sermon, perun. Thank you for taking the time to post it. You have done your people a great service. You have my gratitude.

Everytime the Nietzscheans, pagans, atheists, "post-moralists," or other assorted Biblical illiterates begin their incessant wailing that Christianity is incompatible with racial nationalism, this should be used as a standard refutation. The Cardinal's view is very similar to my own, & we should mourn the fact that so few Christian leaders like him exist on the scene today. Unfortunately, the Biblically illiterate anti-Christians are invariably ignorant of the fact that prior to the advent of higher criticism and Darbyist dispensationalism, the Cardinal's view was very much the norm. The liberalism and reeking Jew worship are 19th century heresies that have infected the church. They are NOT anything resembling 'orthodox' Christian doctrine, & frankly, I tire of manic anti-Christians in the racialist movement who are incapable of drawing a distinction between the healthy Christianity of our forefathers and the liberalized/Judaized bastardization of it that is prevalent today. Hopefully this sermon will be the beginning of their B-A-D-L-Y needed education.


herr georg
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005, 10:38 AM
The only problem with this entire sermon, is that israelites/hebrews and jews are NOT the same thing and the religion of the old testament was not and is not judaism. Jesus was an israelite from the house of david but he was NOT a
jew. I'm very suprised that a preacher from 1933 is ignorant of these facts, because the 'judeo-christian' phenomanon started at the very earliest in 1945 in america.
'Jew' is derived from the word 'yehudi' which means judea; 'jew' is a word formed out of the syllable 'ju' which is an abbrevation of judea, because the town of judea was run by jew preists and authorities and the population was mostly jewish. It's a geographical description. 'Judaism' is named such after the religion of judea or as 'judahism' because the entire religion is based in the rabbinical teachings recorded under the babylonian captivity of judah later compiled into the talmud. That is why the babylonian hexagram or 'star of david' is used to represent judaism. The jewish people are a mixture of different middle eastern groups that the israelites were commanded not to intermarry with such as the hittites, amorites, azerites etc, but miscgenation with these groups occured in the babylonian captivity. The long, hook noses, broad heads and weak chins of the jews are distinctivley hittite features. Jesus Christ explicity rebuked the rabbinical teachings of judaism as man-made teachings ignorant of the laws of moses. As any scripturally aware christian knows, Jesus was constantly arguing with jewish preists.
The israelites of the old testament such as David and Adam are described as ruddy and blonde with bright eyes, and Jesus traces are pure lineage back to king david. He was described by historians as being ruddy and having blue eyes and fair hair. Alot like the description of king david in the old testament.
The religion of judaism is only about 700 years old because the teachings of the talmud continued to be expanded so far as to commenting on muhammed,
according to the talmud Jesus and muhammed are lying dead in the same rubbish heap.

Also I just want to make a few other comments, there were actually pure israelites from the tribe of judah, ephraim and benjamin that returned from the captivity of the kingdom of judah,
the ancestors of the jewish people that mixed with the hitties, amorites and others during the captivity and the preists who wrote the talmud during the captivity were canaanite-edomites that were still in the israelite kingdom of judah due to the failure of several leaders such as king david to destroy them as God commanded him to.
Also, the sermon mentions pre-talmudic judaism, there isn't such a thing. Judaism is defined as the religion of the talmud, it only dates back as far as those teachings which were compiled as the babylonian talmud.
The revelations of God to the israelites was not called by any name but it can be reffered to as hebrewism.

Taras Bulba
Wednesday, March 14th, 2007, 10:17 PM
It is possible, therefore, without divided allegiance, to be an upright German and at the same time an upright Christian. Hence there is no need to turn our backs upon Christianity and to set up a Nordic or Germanic religion, in order to profess our nationality.

Note to Brutus.

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007, 04:52 PM
Note to Brutus.

Thank you, Taras Bulba!
I wish that I had found and really read this before I started my own thread about the almost identical topic.

Yesterday I printed your initial post and read it through in peace and quiet. Very informative reading that anwered most of my questions.