Rabbi Yair Hoffman the posek of Yeshivaworld Blog, paskened that the visit of R' Gluck, (the Chief Rabbi of the "Palisades Parkway") to the Pope was permitted, since the matter of discussion between R' Gluck and the irrelevant Pope was "Pikuach Nefesh"!
Rabbi Hoffman writes:
"As mentioned in a previous article, actually meeting with the pope and developing good will with the pontiff is certainly worthwhile to pursue. The song and dance was, in this author’s opinion, not something that should have been tacked on. Of course, it is likely that the askanim posed the questions to their Rabbinic authorities and Poskim, who may have felt that under the circumstances of the issues being discussed with the pope – it was warranted. The fact is that Reb Tzvi Gluck’s work is so important and is a matter of Pikuach Nefesh that it may indeed, trump many of these other issues – in order to get the message out. On the other hand, it could be that the message could have been made without the singing and dancing."
Excuseeeeeeeeeee me........ R' Gluck discussed a matter of "pikuach nefesh?" ..... that's interesting because you yourself wrote in the psak and the The Yeshivaworld Blog reported that the purpose to meet the "Old Christian Kocker" was because of Jewish graves?
Question #1 to R' Hoffman:
What was the "pikuach nefesh?"
Crazy me, I thought that "pikuach nefesh" only applies to people still alive and breathing.....
Question #2 to R'Hoffman:
You write that:
"Of course, it is likely that the askanim posed the questions to their Rabbinic authorities and Poskim, who may have felt that under the circumstances of the issues being discussed with the pope – it was warranted. "
Well if they "posed the question to their Rabbinic authorities," why do we need your psak?
Didn't they get a psak?