The Christian Broadcast Network website reports today (March 3, 2011) that Pope Benedict XVI makes a sweeping exoneration of the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ in his new book, "Jesus of Nazareth--Part II."
Interpretations to the contrary have been used for many centuries to justify the persecution of Jews.
In his book, Pope Benedict deconstructs a Bible passage in which the crowd at Jesus' trial says, "His blood be on us and on our children."
The Pope writes that Jesus' blood "does not cry out for vengeance and punishment, it brings reconciliation. It is not poured out against anyone, it is poured out for many, for all."