wow this is quite the journey. Thanks for sharing your point of view so clearly. I can totally empathize with your frustrations.
You are right that Israel needs allies, and its about time that Catholics wake up to that fact, and realize that it is a biblical imperative to stand up with the people of the Covenant.
I understand your frustration with the Hebrew-Catholic movement. You are not alone in this. There are actually a number of Catholic Jews who are distressed that the whole movement really seems to retain only an outer varnish of Jewish practices. As you can see from our website, we definitely support the development and establishment of a genuine Jewish-Catholic spirituality.
THE RULE STILL EXISTS that Jews baptized into the church are lost to Israel. They become indistingishable from any other gentile Catholic. They lose touch with the Jewish community. They are basically stolen.
I think the biggest problem here is that most baptized Jews come from a secular background with little to no understanding of orthodox Judaism. So it's not exactly that entering the Church makes them lose their Judaism, perhaps it's more like they never knew it in the first place.
How can you, as Catholics, ASSIST the Jews in your midst to remain faithful to Covenant, rather than enable them to break Covenant as has been the norm?
Right now it's hard to say because there is no serious Jewish-Catholic spirituality in place in the Church. My suggestion at this point would be: If a Jew is baptized and becomes Catholic, he/she should also study Judaism and join a living Jewish community, pray in the Synagogue, celebrate the feasts, and live according to the halakhah. I am aware that this will not be easy, and that he/she may face rejection as much on the Jewish as on the Catholic side. But I don't see any other solution right now. To bridge a 2,000 year gap between Church and Synagogue will not happen in a day. In addition, it seems to me that this is the way it went in the early Church: Jewish-Christians continued to attend the Temple and synagogue in communion with Israel, while also attending the home churches of the first (Jewish) Christians.
There are a number of different ways, some more to my liking, some more to your liking. My ideas...I'll keep to myself, as I am a guest here.
Actually I would be interested in your ideas if you wouldn't mind sharing them with us.
most of the ignorance of Catholics about Jews is not the simple ignorance that can be corrected with education. Rather, it is the arrogant ignorance that DOESN'T WANT to be taught.
I'm not sure this applies to MOST serious Catholics, but yes with this I think you are right too. When the ignorance is willful and stubborn, I think the main thing we can do is to pray for such people, because such attitudes reveal above all a need for conversion before there can be true change, unfortunately.
“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world” C.S. Lewis