NEW INTERFAITH PUBLICATION MARKS 30 YEARS SINCE VATICAN
II'S `NOSTRA AETATE' ON CATHOLIC-JEWISH RELATIONS
New York, NY, October 25, 1995...Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the
historic Vatican II declaration Nostra Aetate, the Anti-Defamation League
(ADL) has just released a new interfaith publication written by two leaders
in American Catholic-Jewish relations. Celebrating the 30th Anniversary
of the Vatican II Declaration Nostra Aetate (No. 4) on Catholic-Jewish Relations:
Programs and Resources by Rabbi Leon Klenicki, Director of the ADL Interfaith
Affairs Department, and Dr. Eugene J. Fisher, Associate Director, Secretariat
for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the National Conference of
Catholic Bishops, explores the impact of Nostra Aetate on interfaith dialogue,
and includes an innovative chapter on the Jewish understanding of Christianity.
"Vatican II and the publication of the Nostra Aetate document,"
said Rabbi Klenicki, "marked a special moment in the history of the
Church and its relation to other religions, especially to Judaism. Nostra
Aetate repudiated the centuries-old Christian teaching of contempt for Judaism
and the Jewish people. This change in theological attitude was the result
of a profound reckoning of the soul on the part of the leadership of the
Rabbi Klenicki was one of several Jewish leaders who met with Pope John
Paul II in New York recently, and he and Dr. Fisher have also just published
Spiritual Pilgrimage: Texts on Jews and Judaism 1979-1995, a book of the
Pope's writings, speeches and homilies on the importance of Judaism and
the Jewish people, which documents the extraordinary role played by Pope
John Paul II in the historic dialogue between Jews and Catholics.
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