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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:33 PM
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Vatican envoy: Ties with Israel in decline due to broken promises
Relations between Israel and the Vatican "were better" before the two established full diplomatic ties in 1993, according to a senior Vatican diplomat and former top Holy See envoy to Jerusalem.

Israel has also failed to keep promises to ease travel restrictions on Catholic clerics and remove taxes on Church-owned property in the Holy Land, Monsignor Pietro Sambi said in an interview posted Friday on the Franciscan Order's terrasanta.net Web site.

"The Holy See decided to establish diplomatic relations (in 1993) with Israel as an act of faith, leaving to latter the serious promises to regulate concrete aspects of the life of the Catholic community and the Church in Israel," Sambi, the Papal Nuncio to the United States, said.

"If I must be frank, the relations between the Catholic Church and the state of Israel were better when there were no diplomatic ties," he continued.
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I bet its the tax thingy thats got the Vatican mad
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:44 PM
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1. Yeah. If there's one thing the Vatican needs, it's more money.
That, and the ability to more freely shuttle priests around from country to country...

...particularly when they've got, um, legal problems. :eyes:
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:03 PM
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2. gee, and I don't suppose the Vatican's reinstituting
the latin mass complete with its mention of perfidious jews and call for jews to convert could have anything to do with the strain on relations.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 01:28 PM
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3. Good point
Actions speaks louder than words
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 01:36 PM
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4. To use a good Jamaican proverb
cockroach nuh business in fowl fight.
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