Importance of Dialogue Based on Sincere Esteem
second international Catholic-Jewish scholars' colloquium, like
the first, was held at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas
(the Angelicum). The Pope's statement lists the sponsors of both
colloquia. There follows here the statement of Nathan Perlmutter,
director of the Anti-Defamation League, and then the response and
welcoming statement of the Pope during his audience with the participants.
reflection is part of the proper response of human intelligence
and so gives witness to our conscious acceptance of God's gift.
At the same time, the other human sciences, such as history, philosophy
and art, also offer their own contribution to an organic deepening
of our faith. This is why both the Jewish and Christian traditions
have always had such high appreciation for religious study. Honoring
our respective traditions, theological dialogue based on sincere
esteem can contribute greatly to mutual knowledge of our respective
patrimonies of faith and can help us to be more aware of our links
with one another in terms of our understanding of salvation.
November 6, 1986
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