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Vatican says Catholics should not try to convert Jews, should fight anti-semitism

Rabbi David Rosen and Cardinal Kurt Koch attend a news conference at the Vatican on December 10, 2015 to present a major new document which draws the Church further away from the strained relations of the past with Judaism. Photo: Reuters/Tony GentileCatholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism, the Vatican said on Thursday in a major document drawing the Church further away from the strained relations of the past. It was the latest move on a host of issues, such as gay rights and re-marriage, that the Vatican or Pope Francis have made showing a desire to be more compassionate and open and to move further away from entrenched traditions. In the past, for example, Catholic prayers have denounced Jews for not believing in Jesus. Jews have also accused the World War Two papacy of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust, a charge the Vatican denies. The new document from the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews stressed recent Vatican teachings that the two religions were intertwined and that God had never annulled his covenant with the Jewish people. “The Church is therefore obliged to view evangelization (spreading Christianity) to Jews, who believe in the one God, in a different manner from that to people of other religions and world views,” it said. It also said Catholics should be particularly sensitive about the significance to Jews of the Shoah, the Hebrew word for the Holocaust, and pledged “to do all that is possible with our Jewish friends to repel anti-Semitic tendencies”. “A Christian can never be an anti-Semite, especially because of the Jewish roots of Christianity,” it said.
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Posted: December 10, 2015 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=8897
Categories: NewsIn this article: Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, Jewish-Christian relations, Vatican
Transmis : 10 décembre 2015 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=8897
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, Jewish-Christian relations, Vatican