U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Emphasizes Recommitment to Relationship with Jewish Group

U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Emphasizes Recommitment to Relationship with Jewish Community

WASHINGTON – In 1965, Pope Paul VI issued the Vatican Council’s declaration about different world religions, Nostra Aetate (“In our time”), marking a key milestone within the relationship between the Catholic Church and Judaism. Because the sixtieth anniversary of this prophetic doc approaches, the U.S. Convention of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has issued a press release urging all believers in Christ as soon as once more to decry all “hatred, persecutions, shows of anti-Semitism, directed in opposition to Jews at any time and by anybody.” (Nostra Aetate, 4).

The total Committee’s assertion follows:

“Greater than ever, members of the Physique of Christ should now turn into conscious of their religious ties to the Jewish individuals chosen first to listen to the Phrase of God. In his letter to the Romans, Saint Paul spoke of the Church as wild shoots grafted onto an olive tree, that’s, the Jews. He cautioned: “you don’t help the basis, the basis helps you.” (Rom 11:17-24) In consequence, the Church should take care to guard that very same root from which she continues to attract sustenance as all await in diverse methods the approaching of the Messiah. (cf. Nostra Aetate, 4). The rising development of antisemitic incidents has turn into much more painful in gentle of the Church’s relationship to the Jewish custom and our connections to the Jewish individuals in dialogue and friendship.

“Starting with the management of St. Paul VI, who guided the drafting and approval of Nostra Aetate via the Second Vatican Council and persevering with with out interruption to the current day with Pope Francis, the Catholic Church has frequently fostered and advisable that mutual understanding and respect which is the fruit, above all, of biblical and theological research in addition to of fraternal dialogues. (cf. Nostra Aetate, 4)

Over the past six many years, the USCCB’s Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has been proud to construct partnerships with the Nationwide Council of Synagogues, the Orthodox Union, and the newly established Trendy Orthodox Group, selling these optimistic relations so inspired by the Council. In every of those exchanges, leaders within the Catholic and Jewish faiths have discovered to come across one another in a spirit of fine will and a honest want to encourage our respective trustworthy to stay collectively in a society more and more numerous in its racial, ethnic, non secular, and political make-up.

“As we speak, nevertheless, these similar classes are being challenged by the re-emergence of antisemitism in new types. Outraged by the deeply hurtful proliferations of antisemitic rhetoric, each on-line and in-person, and the violent assaults on Jewish people, properties, and establishments, we want to convey our honest help to the Jewish individuals. As Pope Francis has said, ‘A real Christian can’t be an antisemite.’ (Tackle to Members of the Worldwide Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, June 24, 2013).

“We should stay ever vigilant of the varied methods during which these risks come up. In unequivocal phrases, we condemn any and all violence directed on the Jewish individuals, whether or not motivated by non secular, racial, or political grievances. We moreover denounce any rhetoric which seeks to demonize or dehumanize the Jewish individuals or Judaism as a spiritual custom. We proceed to remind ourselves of the shared religious patrimony that is still the inspiration of our relationship with the Jewish individuals. We affirm that the Jewish individuals can’t be held chargeable for the demise of Christ or be depicted as rejected or accursed in theological discourse. It should at all times be remembered that Jesus, Mary, and his apostles had been all Jewish. Lastly, we stay agency in our dedication to a simply political answer – a safe and acknowledged Israel dwelling in peace alongside a viable and unbiased Palestine.

“As companions and neighbors, we search to foster bonds of friendship between members of the Physique of Christ and the Jewish individuals. With this in thoughts, and in gentle of the upcoming sixtieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, we recommit ourselves to broadening the implementation of the instructing discovered inside that prophetic doc. Within the almost six many years for the reason that promulgation of Nostra Aetate, the connection between the Church and the Jewish individuals has continued to develop and strengthen with mutual respect and admiration. Might God proceed to bless us with a renewed friendship and a mutual understanding that in the future will enable us to deal with the Lord and stand as brothers and sisters to serve him ‘shoulder to shoulder.’ (Soph. 3.19).”

Members of the Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs:

Most Reverend David P. Talley, Chairman
Bishop of Memphis

Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera
Bishop of Scranton

Most Rev. David D. Kagan
Bishop of Bismarck

Most Reverend Denis J. Madden
Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore

Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton
Bishop of Steubenville

Most Rev. Wm. Michael Mulvey
Bishop of Corpus Christi

Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski
Archbishop of St. Louis

Most Rev. Alfred A. Schlert
Bishop of Allentown

Most Rev. Peter L. Smith
Auxiliary Bishop of Portland in Oregon


An earlier model of this assertion included a typographical error within the verse quotation of the Book of Sophaniah (Zephaniah) – the right verse is Sophaniah 3:9.


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