The bishop is Gianfranco Ravasi. The rabbi is Jacob Neusner. The prayer is the one for Good Friday in the ancient rite. This is why Benedict XVI wanted to change the text ...The revised version omits "blindness" and "darkness," two words specifically offensive to Jews. With the revision, however, Benedict "did not attenuate, but instead greatly reinforced the prayer with more pregnant Christian content." See why ...
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Why Benedict wanted to change the Good Friday prayer
Sandro Magister, "A Bishop and a Rabbi Defend the Prayer for the Salvation of the Jews" (www.chiesa, March 7, 2008):