Today is January 28, 2020 -

Jewish-Catholic Relations

J.J. Goldberg, editor-at-large of The Forward, wrote, “Most Jews probably heard about Vatican II annulling the deicide charge, but few have heard about all the other reforms in Catholic teaching since 1965. Jewish leaders and institutions have done shamefully little to tell folks in the pews about them.”

A few weeks ago, the Vatican issued a new document, “A Reflection on Theological Questions Pertaining to Catholic-Jewish Relations on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of ‘Nostra Aetate’”, which is potentially very exciting for Jews and very important for Catholic-Jewish relations.

Important issues discussed in the new document include: the Covenant between God and the Jewish people, whether Jews need to believe in Jesus, and should Catholics be trying to convert Jews.

As conversion of Jews is a primary goal of Jews for Jesus, this new document really has them quite riled up.

I agree with J.J Goldberg.  This is good stuff and we should know more about it.  I therefore extended an invitation to our friend, Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, to help us understand this good news (pun intended).

I learned yesterday that the Bishop has accepted my invitation to speak with us.  We’ll start working on the details next week.  Stay tuned.

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