If the Jews won, they could stay in Italy; if the Pope won, they'd have to convert or leave.
The Jewish people met and picked an aged and wise Rabbi to represent them in the debate.
However, as the Rabbi spoke no Italian, and the Pope spoke no Hebrew, they agreed that it would be a 'silent' debate.
On the chosen day, the Pope and the Rabbi sat opposite each other.
The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers.
The Rabbi looked back and raised one finger.
Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head.
The Rabbi pointed to the ground where he sat.
The Pope brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine.
The Rabbi pulled out an apple.
With that, the Pope stood up and declared himself beaten and said that the Rabbi was too clever.
The Jews could stay in Italy!
Later the cardinals met with the Pope and asked him what had happened.
The Pope said, "First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up a single finger to remind me there is still only one God common to both our beliefs. Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him that God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the ground to show that God was also right here with us. Finally, I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us of all our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin. He bested me at every move and I could not continue!"
Meanwhile, the Jewish community gathered to ask the Rabbi how he had won.
"I don't have a clue!!!" the Rabbi said.
"First, he told me that we had three days to get out of Italy, so I gave him the finger. Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Jews, so I told him that we were staying right here."
"And then what?" asked a woman.
"Who knows!!" said the Rabbi. "He took out his lunch, so I took out mine!"
https://np.reddit.com/r/Catholicism/comments/kvektt/politics_monday_are_too_many_catholics_equating/ is the full thread.
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This is the first time I (26m) admitted myself to be an atheist on the Internet. I was raised in a very conservative diocese in south central Nebraska, USA. There’s so much to unpack here, as I’ve only recently declared myself an atheist after not practicing Catholicism for four years. My entire upbringing was centered around faith and I was incredibly sheltered. I didn’t even know that being gay was a thing, which would have been helpful then. My mom, six years after my dad passed, began going down the road of traditionalist Catholicism and conspiracy theories. She forced me to come out as gay the summer after graduating college, and that was the day I couldn’t look at her the same. From there, everything else slowly unraveled. My brothers continued raising their families in the same diocese we were raised. Eventually, tensions were so high that when the pandemic broke out, they all immediately sided with the lies and I could no longer associate myself with them. Over the last eight months. I’ve come to learn, through counseling, all of the damage my mom truly did to me under the guise of faith and love. She truly desired to prevent me from “becoming” gay.
Like I said, there is so much to unpack from this, and I was as concise as I could be. Everything I ever came to believe has been upended by this. I’m now on the path of rebuilding myself.
I just want to reach out and say hi, I’m here.
With Joe Biden as President, John Roberts as Chief Justice, Patrick Leahy as President Pro Tempore, and Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, Catholics occupy some of the highest offices of the government. I’m aware of President Kennedy and the continued representation of Catholics on the Supreme Court. I was wondering if this level of Catholic representation has been reached before and when Catholics became acculturated enough into the American Christian mainstream for this to become possible.
Edit: It has been pointed out that Sen. Patrick Leahy isn’t the highest officer of the Senate, but he still occupies a very high leadership role in the chamber.
I am a Christian and I believe in Sola Scriptura, but an argument Catholics give me is that Jesus founded Catholicism and it was the first church, is this true?