I was asked: I would like to ask you to please comment on the Popes recent statement that there is no scriptural basis that the Jews killed Jesus. http://www.examiner.com/jesus-christ-in-national/jesus-christ-not-killed-by-jews-says-pope-benedict-xvi
My answer: It is not time to comment yet. Experience tells that when we read a media review of the Pope’s words it is usually twisted or sensationalized by the media. It is best to wait until the book comes out and read this passage in context.
I trust that the Pope said what is exactly correct: the Jews today, and Jews in history, are not to be held responsible for the killing of Christ. It was their leaders, the mob and the Romans at that time — the contemporary Jewish leaders and Romans did kill Christ in the first century. We must remember however that MANY Jews — including priests (Acts 6:7) — followed and believed in Christ, then and thereafter. Jews today and throughout history are obviously not morally responsible for the death of Christ any more than an American living today is personally responsible for the slavery of the 19th century.