This just in… to which WDTPRS reponds, "Duh!"
Vatican, Mar. 10, 2008 (CWNews.com) – Despite the disappointment expressed by some Jewish leaders at the revised text of a Good Friday prayer, Pope Benedict XVI does not plan to make any alterations in the text, Cardinal Walter Kasper has disclosed.
Speaking to a German ARD television audience, Cardinal Kasper – who heads the Vatican commission for relations with Jews – said that no further change in the Good Friday prayer is necessary because "it is entirely correct from a theological perspectieve."
The German cardinal is scheduled to meet this week with Jewish leaders who will make a last effort to persuade the Vatican that a second change in the prayer is necessary. [… ho hum…] Cardinal Kasper made it clear that the chances of such a change are extremely remote. He added that he hoped relations between Catholics and Jews could be renewed on a friendly footing despite any "irritation" caused by the disagreement.
In February, Pope Benedict released the text of a revised prayer for Jews, to be used in the Good Friday service celebrated according to the 1962 Roman Missal. The revised text – which will be used only in traditional liturgies celebrated in Latin – eliminated a reference to the "blindness" of Jews but retains a prayer for their conversion.