Who killed Jesus?
The Liberal Catholics of our country are
now making another concession to Interfaith charity and Brotherhood benevolence.
They are saying, "It was not the Jews who crucified Christ; it was the
I should like to ask these Liberal Catholics a few pointed
questions on the subject of Our Lord's death.
Was it the Romans who came out to seize Him in the Garden
of Olives with swords and clubs on the night of His Passion, and who brought
Him bound to the High Priest, and then to Pontius Pilate, demanding that He
should be killed?
Was it a Roman who betrayed Jesus with a kiss, and was
it to Romans He was sold for thirty pieces of silver?
Was the High Priest a Roman, who rent his garments and
accused Our Lord of blasphemy when He declared Himself to be the Eternal Son
Was it a Roman crowd which stood before the tribunal
of Pontius Pilate and shouted: "If this man were not a malefactor we would
not have handed Him over to you ... His blood be upon us and upon our children!"
Was it the Romans who disowned Jesus as the King of
the Jews, and did not want the inscription placed over His head on the Cross
when He hung, crowned with thorns, and with nails in His hands and His feet?
Was it God's judgement in Heaven that the
Romans had killed Christ, and was that why the Power of the Almighty some thirty
years later razed the Temple of Jerusalem to the ground, and left not one stone
upon a stone, and has never allowed it to be rebuilt from that day to this?
In the prayers of the Mass for Good Friday
of Holy Week, the priest refers to the "perfidious Jews" as the ones
who betrayed and crucified Christ. Should he be saying the "perfidious
Romans"? And has it been wrong for the Church to put it the first way for
as long as her history?
When Our Lord hung upon the Cross, His
first recorded words were, "Father forgive them for they know not what
Do the Liberal Catholics really think Our Lord was referring
to the Jews when He said, "They know not what they do"? Was it the
Jewish Chief Priests, the Scribes, and the Ancients, with whom He sat daily
teaching in the Temple and who, when He was crucified, wagged their heads and
mocked Him and shouted: "He saved others; himself He cannot save"
-- was it these who knew not what they did, and whom Our Lord asked the Father
Saint Luke tells us clearly that Jesus said this of
the Roman soldiers who "dividing his garments, cast lots." And Saint
Matthew tells us that these same Romans, after Jesus expired on the Cross, cried
out in one voice with their Centurion, "Indeed, this was the Son of God!".