Strengthen Ties Between Jews and Vatican
Hope for the once rocky relationship
- Duration 5:55
- Date Oct 31, 2011
Hope for the once rocky relationship
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To rabbi -- -- Clarence is a director of enjoy religious affairs with the American Jewish Committee and he's here to discuss that.
Good morning good morning or good to be here you know I'm just reading on now foxnews.com one of the Palestinians -- -- -- UN vote.
United Nations cultural agency UNESCO is in a test vote of recognition grants full membership to Palestinians over threat of defining.
By the US obviously these -- these kinds of things are.
Creating the mix in the in the not only do it Jewish.
Have a relationship with your issue is relationships as well I mean your thoughts on that.
-- The Jewish community agency the American Jewish Committee.
Believe strongly that the only way to achieve -- just.
And thoughtful piece and meaningful one is with -- -- negotiations between the two parties.
Short circuit routing it through the United Nations until all of the details are worked out.
I -- what's the state of Jewish Catholic relations because this is been.
A source of tension but how does it stand today.
When you look at it from the perspective of -- two millennia.
It's a fantastic really him.
Because there was a revolution Catholic Jewish relations.
During the middle of the twentieth century in 1965.
Americans who know mr.
The relationship between Catholics and Jews hopefully on a permanent basis doesn't mean there aren't issues.
But compare it to.
For the first century's camp and then -- situation today to dramatic change.
Well let's go well -- -- -- a -- a topic because that is you talk about that the second Vatican council that basically rejected the idea that Jews are responsible for that the death of Christ the Jesus.
And this -- and this -- the major change and then Jewish.
As a Catholic relations because I think the most where Protestants sort of didn't get the message.
They might have still kind of lingered with that -- you have to get that impression well.
All Christian denominations.
Had -- of -- about this issue.
The Catholics became the model.
There was a concern over centuries that the accusation.
Of the aside led to violence against Jews and created the end in this.
That may have.
-- Give credence to the possibility of genocide.
-- The Pope John Paul the second he really was the probe that took Vatican two.
Literally I mean really went -- he what it and he.
First pilgrimage to Al twits.
On -- -- not just you know PR visit but he also was at the western wall.
And he was polish -- we understood.
The plant you know the Jews during the Holocaust and he understood that.
How is Pope Benedict then with the relations between -- Well I believe that Pope Benedict the sixteenth has demonstrating.
That Pope John Paul the second -- hate to see.
Was not to be the exception -- -- but to be the model.
To be followed.
There are some very significant things that Benedict the sixteenth has done including state visit to Israel.
And a visit to got the -- into the holocaust memorial there and he spoke.
In recent years at the synagogue in Rome.
Which is what for the Pope John Paul the second had done it was the first to do it invented that followed in his footsteps.
But it but there's been a few bumps in the road one of them has been the -- communication.
Of -- I guess the society of saint Pius the -- One of them was a holocaust denying bishop.
It at what is that dog into the relationship.
I mean it's not been.
The consideration the lifting of the ex communication independence.
SS PX that's society.
And and the Holocaust denial among them.
Was quite unfortunate.
I just with a little Google researching could have been known -- -- but.
Those who have not to raise the resolution of no -- politics.
That's why it's even more relevant.
To the Catholic Jewish relationship I think the Vatican understands.
Our position on that.
No one -- -- -- and I think the most prominent in this one of these bumps in the road has been -- -- application process of Pope Pius the twelfth.
And -- always been a controversy about this -- whether or not his actions during World War II.
Peter save Jews or or basically caused them more pain and suffering and from.
Is that clear yet I mean obviously Pope Benedict feels like as if Pope -- with the twelve has.
Deserve this and he's going forward with the -- application process you know he had a normal life.
Deserving of sainthood but how does -- and with the Jewish community feel about that.
It's understandable why the Jewish community and hopefully all people of goodwill.
I would be concerned.
About an internal Catholic process.
Leads to sainthood.
For the Pope during the Holocaust to win all the information is not yet know.
Yes we appreciate the process that the Vatican is going through.
But I think that the Vatican in the post holocaust era has been.
Incredible -- Looking closely at its own role in all of that and they should be no exception.