New Catholic Tridentine Rite Good Friday Prayer

On July 7, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued instructions to relax existing restrictions on the celebration of the Catholic Mass according to the Rite of the Council of Trent (the Tridentine rite). This would make it easier for existing Catholic groups that preferred that Rite, for some because it is conducted in Latin, to celebrate the Mass according to its rubrics. This raised questions relevant to Catholic-Jewish relations, especially about the status of the General Intercession for the Jewish people that is prayed on Good Friday. The last version of that prayer, from 1962, was quite different in tone and content from the 1970 version in the ordinary rite, prayed by the vast majority of Catholics around the world. In response to these questions, the Pope composed a new prayer for use only in the extraordinary Tridentine rite. He offered no interpretation of the prayer, sparking considerable debate about its meaning and implications.

Title Date Author
Reuters: "Vatican: We May Drop Revived Prayer Offensive to Jews" July, 2007 Written by Reuters
Interview: Cardinal George on Good Friday Prayer and Jesus in the Talmud October, 2007 Written by John L. Allen, Jr.
Tablet: "Vatican to clarify motu proprio soon" November, 2007 Written by Alessandro Speciale and Abigail Frymann
"Vatican faces ticking clock on prayer for conversion of Jews" January, 2008 Written by John L. Allen, Jr.
"The old Missal is going to be changed: A text 'nearer' to the Jews has been prepared" January, 2008 Written by Andrea Tornielli
AJC Welcomes Vatican Clarification on Latin Liturgy January, 2008 Written by American Jewish Committee
New Tridentine Rite Good Friday Prayer for Jews February, 2008 Written by Benedict XVI
ADL: Prayer for Conversion of Jews Remains Troubling Despite Vatican Changes February, 2008 Written by Anti-Defamation League
AJC Disappointed by New Latin "Prayer for the Jews" February, 2008 Written by American Jewish Commitee
NY Times: "Pope's Rewrite of Latin Prayer Draws Criticism From 2 Sides" February, 2008 Written by Ian Fisher
Statement of Most Reverend Richard J. Sklba February, 2008 Written by Richard J. Sklba
Communiqué of the Rabbinical Assembly of Italy February, 2008 Written by Rabbinical Assembly of Italy
"Praying for the Jews" February, 2008 Written by David Berger
Letter from Cardinal Kasper to the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) February, 2008 Written by Walter Kasper
"Catholics, Jews and the Tridentine Rite" February, 2008 Written by Edward Kessler
Letter from Cardinal William Keeler to the ADL on Cardinal George's Remarks on Reciprocity February, 2008 Written by William H. Keeler
Opinion: "Catholics Have a Right To Pray for Us" February, 2008 Written by Jacob Neusner
"A New Burden on Christian-Jewish Relations" February, 2008 Written by Central Committee of German Catholics: Discussion Group "Jews and Christians"
Opinion: "Don't Tell Catholics What They Believe" March, 2008 Written by John T. Pawlikowski
Bertone and Di Segni on reciprocity and censorship March, 2008 Written by Il Messaggero
"Leading German Rabbi Condemns Pope's Good Friday Prayer" March, 2008 Written by Spiegel Online
Petition: Regarding the "Prayer for the Jews" March, 2008 Written by various authors
"Judaism's Way to Salvation" March, 2008 Written by Christoph Schönborn
Communiqué from the Vatican Secretariat of State April, 2008 Written by Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone
ADL Says Vatican Statement Does Not Allay Jewish Concerns About Conversion Prayer April, 2008 Written by Anti-Defamation League
"Unending Tension Is Not Possible" April, 2008 Written by Karl Lehmann
"Striving for Mutual Respect in Modes of Prayer" April, 2008 Written by Walter Kasper
Interview: Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos May, 2008 Written by Vittoria Prisciandaro
Letter from the Secretary of State of the Holy See to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel May, 2008 Written by Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone
"Italy Resumes the Day of Jewish-Christian Reflection" September, 2009 Written by Zenit.org
Interview Question on the Tridentine Rite Good Friday Prayer October, 2010 Written by Pope Benedict XVI