Religion: A Jew No More

A Roman Catholic cannot be a Jew, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled last week. Before the, court was the case of Father Daniel, a Polish-born Jew who was converted to Catholicism and became a Carmelite friar (TIME, Dec. 7). He had claimed Israeli citizenship under provisions of the country's Law of Return, which declares: "Every Jew shall be entitled to come to Israel as an immigrant." Speaking for the court, Judge Moshe Silberg expressed deep sympathy for Father Daniel's desire to "identify himself with the people he loves," and suggested that the priest might still be considered a Jew as the...

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