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Censor St. Matthew?

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Mar 01, 2004

If I read William Safire's Monday column in the NY Times accurately, he is arguing that since Vatican II taught that it is wrong to blame all Jews for the death of Christ, it is wrong to portray any Jews as involved in the process. Under Safire's rules, I suppose, any portrayal of the Passion would be set in, say, Iceland.

The column also contains an argument against reading the Gospel of St. Matthew. Since St. John's Gospel is already under indictment, that would leave only two-- for now.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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