Offence Taken

Francisc Dobos, a senior Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Bucharest, who referenced fear of the coronavirus during a sermon about Christian disciples’ fear of Jews said that people who accused him of anti-Semitic speech were “biased” against him.

On the ninth of April, in a filmed greeting ahead of Easter, Dobos spoke about how the disciples of Jesus “feared the Jews,” adding “And here in the bracket we should read: feared the virus.”

In his reply to criticism from the Romania Center for Monitoring and Combatting Antisemitism, he wrote, “Someone interpreted my words as equating Jews with a virus. I was shocked that some made such an association."

You have to be so careful when you say things on social media. If there is an opportunity to take offence people will grab it.

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