Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Roman Catholic-Jewish Relations

Adopted by the CCAR at the 98th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis

WHEREAS the Central Conference of American Rabbis views with gratification the growth in opportunities for dialogue and shared social action involving members of the Roman Catholic and Jewish communities since the promulgation of Nostra Aetate by the Second Vatican Council in 1965, and

WHEREAS we salute the decades of effort and achievement toward reconciliation of Dr. Gerhardt Riegner of Geneva and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations, as well as those of Johannes Cardinal Willebrands of Utrecht and his Vatican associates, and

WHEREAS the CCAR views with deepest appreciation the crossing of the Tiber by Pope John Paul II to visit the Rome Synagogue as a signal of great and lasting significance,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the CCAR affirms and joins in the intent of the Resolution on Jewish-Roman Catholic Relations passed unanimously by the Board of Trustees of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations on May 19, 1985, which urges member congregations

To establish Jewish-Roman Catholic dialogues in the local community to create better understanding of each other's faith and tradition;

To utilize the joint publication, The Challenge of Shalom for Catholics and Jews , to establish joint discussion and action programs on nuclear disarmament, poverty, social justice, and other issues of common concern;

To exchange texts and to review educational material in use in the local parish and synagogue to eliminate mutual misunderstanding about Jews and Roman Catholics; and

To encourage exchange of teachers and to promote team teaching involving Jewish and Roman Catholic clergy and educators on the seminary level and in schools of education and religious schools wherever appropriate.