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US Jewish groups: Dialogue at risk following bishops’ clarification on Church's mission

August 21, 2009

Two months after the US bishops’ doctrine committee published its Note on Ambiguities Contained in Reflections on Covenant and Mission, two major American Jewish organizations, joined by Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform rabbis, say that the new document puts interfaith dialogue at risk. “A declaration of this sort is antithetical to the very essence of Jewish-Christian dialogue as we have understood it,” they wrote in an August 20 letter to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The doctrine committee’s June document offered “a clear affirmation of the Church’s belief that Jesus Christ in Himself fulfills God’s revelation begun with Abraham and that proclaiming this good news to all the world is at the heart of her mission.”

 


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