Ecumenism: Catholics & Jews: How Close?

"What was good in Jesus' teachings was not new," runs an old Jewish saying, "and what was new was not good." This basic conflict between Judaism and Christianity lay at the heart of two skirmishes last week in Rome and Chicago. Both were triggered by the Vatican Council's agenda chapter on Jews.

Proposed by German-born Augustin Cardinal Bea, the "Jewish Chapter" reflects Bea's concern over the way the Nazis were able to misuse Christian beliefs in oppressing Jews. By absolving the Jewish people of the sole responsibility for Christ's crucifixion, the chapter, Bea...

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