Malta Minute with the Catechism: The Trial of Jesus

  • Program #: 43
  • Description: Who is responsible for the death of Jesus? The Catholic Catechism emphatically states that neither the Jews of Jesus' time nor the Jews of our time should be considered rejected or accursed as a consequence of the Lord's Passion. Not all the Jews in the religious hierarchy were opposed to him. Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimethea were two prominent men who were secret disciples. The Acts of the Apostles notes that many priests were obedient to the faith and some belonged to the party of the Pharisees. St. James reported to St. Paul that many thousands believed in the Lord and were also "zealous for the Law." The religious authorities were not in unanimity as to what to do with Jesus. The Pharisees threatened excommunication to his followers. The Sanhedrin having declared him a blasphemer "“ but without power to execute "“ turned him over to the Romans as a political anarchist. (Because of all the historical complexity) concerning Jesus' trial and the Jews, the Catechism cautions we must leave judgment as to the participants to God alone. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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