In Associated Press article about Pope Benedict XVI’s new book, the writer says that within its pages, the Pope totally and specifically exonerates the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ.

“The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit who writes frequently about spirituality, said the pope’s new book was a ‘ringing reaffirmation’ of Nostra Aetate, which was passed during the Second Vatican Council, with the pope putting his ‘personal stamp on it in a way that’s irrefutable.'”

It remains to be seen whether the highly regarded intellect of this Pope and his momentous affirmation of the Jewish people’s innocence of deicide will change centuries’ old hate and blame. But it can’t hurt, can it?