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Vatican will not intervene as Jewish groups criticize US bishops

August 25, 2009

The Vatican will not become involved in a conflict between American Jewish groups and the country's Catholic hierarchy, the inter-religious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee reports. Rabbi David Rosen reports that during a meeting last week in Rome, Cardinal William Levada-- the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith-- told him that the Vatican would not take a public stand on a statement released by the US bishops' doctrinal committee, saying that Catholics should never cease to evangelize. The statement drew criticism from American Jewish leaders, who said that Catholics should renounce any attempt to convert Jews as a condition of inter-religious dialogue.

 


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