Vatican call to combat antisemitism

December 13, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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Australia’s B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) has applauded the latest statement from the Vatican on the need  for Catholics to work with the Jewish people to fight antisemitism.

Dvir Abramovich

Dvir Abramovich

In a new document, “The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable” published  by the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, the Vatican pledges, “to do all that is possible with our Jewish friends to repel anti-Semitic tendencies” and notes that, “History teaches us where even the slightest perceptible forms of anti-Semitism can lead: the human tragedy of the Shoah in which two-thirds of European Jewry were annihilated.” The document also states that  Catholics should not try to convert Jews, stresses that the two faiths have a “unique” relationship and observes that God never annulled his covenant with the Jewish people.

Dr. Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the ADC, said:  This a forceful and significant statement from the Vatican. It is heartening that this new publication emphasises the critical necessity of “combating all manifestations of racial discrimination against Jews and all forms of anti-Semitism,” both in light of history’s tragic demonstration of “where even the slightest perceptible forms of anti-Semitism can lead” and the “Jewish roots of Christianity” itself.

This welcomed document will further enhance  the positive bond of friendship that the Church, Israel and the Jewish people have enjoyed and reflects the major role that Pope Francis has played in improving Jewish-Catholic relations. It is extremely important that the Vatican continues to make its voice heard about the dangers of religious intolerance and the scourge of anti-Jewish bigotry. We are also pleased that the document calls on Catholics to refrain from actively attempting to convert Jews, though we are discomforted that the document does not include a reference to the centrality of Israel in Jewish life and that it rejects as conflicting with Christian faith a principle that confers equal legitimacy in a “Jewish path without Christ” alongside Christianity.”



One Response to “Vatican call to combat antisemitism”
  1. Lynne Newington says:

    A name you never hear mentioned within the Jewish community [or outside for that matter] who bears much of the work in the fight against anti-Semitism within the Catholic Church was Isaac Jules, in 1947, co-founding the Judeo-Christian League.
    I doubt if he ever received a Papal Knighthood, but he warrants recognition when plaudits are being handed out and names of latter day saints acknowledged.
    Jules met with Pope John XXIII back in the 60’s and shared with him his views and understanding of how the teaching of theology was linked to the development of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, he then assigning Cardinal Bea to investigate Catholic -Jewish relations through a Vatican II special mandate.
    How many decades has it taken to get to this point.
    I’ve mentioned many times over the years as an act of goodwill, why haven’t the works still widely read, respected and in library’s around the world written by Fathers of the Church and their anti-Semetic teachings been removed.

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