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The Central Council of Jews in Germany has reiterated its criticism of the reformulated Good Friday intercession for the "extraordinary rite" of 1962. Central Council President Charlotte Knobloch called it "very defamatory" on Sunday and called for the wording to be withdrawn. In the news magazine "Der Spiegel," the Central Council president called for a retraction of the wording by the time of Catholic Day, which is scheduled for 21. May in Osnabruck begins.

She has "already experienced the exclusion of Jewish people," the 75-year-old said in Deutschlandfunk's "Interview of the Week". For her, the intercessory prayer is "also an exclusion". Knobloch said she expects Pope Benedict XVI to be. who, in view of his age, had experienced the persecution of Jews under National Socialism. The Vatican should seek clarification with Jewish clergymen.The text of the intercession speaks "of a contempt for the Jewish religion that runs counter to a tolerant theology and is therefore dangerous," she said.There are currently two catches for the Jewish intercession on Good Friday. According to the "ordinary" rite, Catholics pray that God will keep the Jews "in fidelity to his covenant and in love for his name, so that they may reach the goal to which his counsel wants to lead them". Intercession also prays for Jews to "reach the fullness of salvation". The text is binding since 1970.In the "extraordinary" Latin rite, the petition is that God "enlighten the hearts of the Jews so that they may recognize Jesus Christ as the Savior of all people" and that "at the entrance of the fullness of the nations into Your Church, all Israel will be saved". This wording has been criticized for weeks by the Jewish side. The prayer offered by Pope Benedict XVI. formulated text has been prescribed in the few Good Friday liturgies according to the traditionalist rite since 2008. It replaces an older form that spoke of "blinding the Jews".Several Jewish scholars canceled their participation at Catholic Day in Osnabruck because of the wording. A week ago, the Vatican reiterated in a communique that the rewording has not changed the Catholic Church's attitude toward Judaism. There has been no change in the "fraternal relationship, esteem, friendship, love, solidarity and cooperation" since the Second Vatican Council, he said.

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