The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis is angry at Rabbi Susan Talve, senior rabbi at Central Reform Congregation, for hosting an illicit ordination of two Catholic women. Other Jewish leaders are distancing themselves from the synagogue. NCR; St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
I certainly understand Archbishop Burke’s anger. This is rather insensitive on the part of Talve. But I’ve seen instances where Jews were angry and hurt and were met by insensitivity on the part of Catholic officials–including times when senior Catholic leaders refused even to meet with Jewish leaders to hear of their hurt. That’s where dialogue must start–and until the Catholic Church is ready to do that, it really shouldn’t be complaining.
I had a Houston incident in mind when I wrote that, but then found this very recent example illustrating the other side. The Simon Wiesenthal Center was alarmed that a controversial Croatian nationalist singer, Marko Perkovic (aka “Thompson,” after the submachine gun), was to be performing at a Catholic Church in New York earlier this month. The Archdiocese of New York dismissed the concerns and let the concert take place on archdiocesan property. See also New York Daily News and Jerusalem Post. The Washington Post reported on the concert.