ZOA Praises Vatican Document Repudiating Mission To Convert Jews

Notice this example of a change in Catholic opinion about Jews. Prior to 1960 Jews were "perfidiuos" in Catholic Masses.
Only 16 years earlier, this "perfidy" was gasses in German concentration camps.

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Zionist Organization of America
News Release

ZOA Praises Vatican Document Repudiating Mission To Convert Jews

NEW YORK, December 11, 2015 -- The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has praised the Vatican for issuing a document repudiating a mission to convert Jews, a position to which the Catholic Church historically subscribed. According to the document issued by the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, Christianity and Judaism are intertwined and G-d never annulled his covenant with the Jewish people. Accordingly,Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism.

The Vatican document, issued on the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Catholic rejection of the concept of collective Jewish guilt for Jesus' death, states, "The Church is therefore obliged to view evangelization to Jews, who believe in the one God, in a different manner from that to people of other religions and world views." It also pledged the Catholic Church to be particularly sensitive to the significance to Jews of the Shoah and "to do all that is possible with our Jewish friends to repel anti-Semitic tendencies ... In concrete terms this means that the Catholic Church neither conducts nor supports any specific institutional mission work directed towards Jews ... [there is now a] principled rejection of an institutional Jewish mission ... [Catholics should] bear witness to their faith in Jesus Christ also to Jews [but in] a humble and sensitive manner, acknowledging that Jews are bearers of God's word" ('Catholics should not try to convert Jews, Vatican says in landmark document,' Jerusalem Post, December 10, 2015).

ZOA National Chairman of the Board Dr. Michael Goldblatt said, "The ZOA praises the Vatican for affirming that it no longer seeks to convert the Jews to Christianity and, more importantly, that there is no need to, even in Catholic terms, owing to the pre-existing, unbroken covenant between G-d and the Jewish people.

"This is a welcome contrast to the fact that, until the early 1960s, prayers at Catholic Masses on Good Friday, the day commemorating the death of Jesus, labelled Jews 'perfidious' and called for their conversion.

"We earnestly hope that this will prove a landmark in Jewish-Catholic relations and serve as the basis for a future of mutual harmony, understanding and respect.

"While we cannot fail to remain disappointed and perturbed by certain other Vatican positions over the years -- such as this year recognizing a nonexistent Palestinian state and thus encouraging a regime that promotes the murder of Jews and which has largely depopulated historically Christian cities under its control -- we welcome this clear statement which goes further than any previous one to leaving behind the historic contempt of the Jews for rejecting the divinity of Jesus."

About the ZOA

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is the oldest and one of the largest pro-Israel organizations in the United States. With offices around the country and in Israel, the ZOA educates the public, elected officials, the media, and college/high school students about the truth of the ongoing Arab war against Israel. The ZOA works to strengthen U.S.- Israel relations through educational activities, public affairs programs and our work on Capitol Hill, and to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias in the media, in textbooks, in schools and on college campuses. Under the leadership of such presidents as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, and current President Morton A. Klein, the ZOA has been - and continues to be - on the front lines of Jewish activism. www.zoa.org. For more information contact Mort Klein 212-481-1500.

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Hi John,

Yes, indeed good example of your stance in the previous discussion. As a Catholic myself, I was delighted when the Church finally joined Jesus's admonition to be understanding and kind to everyone. However, my concern remains that balance in speech is as important as balance everywhere else. I would be disappointed, for example, if your legitimate disquiet about past Church injustices towards Jews prompted you to prevent me from expressing my position on, say, Zionist expansion into traditionally Palestinian territory. In my view, big difference between not agreeing with what someone does and not agreeing with what someone is.

I was listening to a discussion on NPR today, and one of the speakers mentioned that one of the reasons Donald Trump is the front runner in the Republican race is that he has struck a cord among the folks who are quite tired of political correctness. When an educator is ousted from her position for expressing that it is OK for little kids to wear American Indian costumes for Halloween, then we know balance in speech has gone out the window.

Marcy

That press release is surreal! The Zionists just had to attack the Palestinian people, whom they have robbed and exiled, in the very same document.
Can't people realize that Islam, Christianity, and Judaism are all the same religion? It's that one-god stuff which causes all the trouble. Has anyone ever seen two Buddhists fighting over the size of the ferry boat?
Harland Harrison