Catholic-Jewish Relations

I came across a well written op-ed by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove of The Jewish Week regarding Catholic-Jewish relations. I thought I would share it with all of you. Here is an excerpt:

Jews will sense an immediate point of identification with Cardinal Dolan’s “in-reach” message to his flock. Jewish leadership also agonizes over those in our midst for whom “secularism has choked the seed of faith.” Jews and Catholics alike believe that religion must serve as a counter-cultural corrective to the prevalent hedonistic and consumeristic mindset offered by secularism. Our turn to ritual, sacred text and God signal an abiding belief that religion should never be reduced to a mere self-help section in a bookstore. Our laws, traditions and beliefs are intended to address the questions embedded within every searching, human soul.

Of course, neither community is immune to the challenge of fundamentalism. At one and the same time we ask that our faith be passionate and authentic but also infused by an abiding humility that God’s Will remains forever beyond the reach of any of us.  “Ever ancient and ever new,” Jews and Catholics share the paradoxical expectation that our faith will both transcend and address our human condition.

You can read the whole op-ed here.

4 Responses to “Catholic-Jewish Relations”

  1. AndyP/Doria2 says:

    I know I can come off as the resident gadfly Your Eminence but taking a line from your article above, I believe you do indeed owe us.

    You owe us an explanation of what our mission truly is. Maybe an article on this blog site about what the teaching on how we are to treat our Jewish cousins as there are many like me out here who have infinitesimally small ministries and study our Catholic faith daily and try to pass it on to as many people as possible.

    What I mean is teaching taught by Church fathers and even our Lord Himself to go and teach to all nations what He taught, baptizing ALL in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. About the Most Holy Eucharist and people not having any life in them who do not partake in this immense gift.

    When did this teaching change?

    When were the new dogmas of NOT spreading the Word to the Jewish people begin?

    How do we answer our fallen away Catholics friends when they ask us these questions? How do we show them we are serious about our faith when Jewish people are off limits?

    How do we express the importance of Baptism when we do not even try to Baptize certain groups?

    I’m not being a wise guy here Your Eminence. I truly believe we deserve answers to the question about when we became and internal faith and the practice of converting the world to Christ ceased.

    I don’t see this teaching anywhere in our history. It seems to be a recent dogma of faith.

  2. Bonnie Waletzko says:

    AndyP/Doria2 did you not read Cardinal Dolan’s message by clicking to read the whole op-ed?
    After reading it I could see a path way to our mission…begin with a smile! Show Jesus to everyone first…let Him shine through your smile. Then you can bring out the Catechism for any questions your new friends might have.
    None of the Truth has change; but we can change to help make the Truth more visible to others. We know the Truth; there are sometimes more than one way to get the Truth ‘out there’ where people are more apt to see Him. That is our mission; we each are unique individuals and just as Jesus Christ had 12 very different Apostles picked out …we, too, must carry on with building on that fire; we do have the spark to start with. And like Cardinal Dolan suggests…start with a smile.

  3. CatholicMom says:

    Hi, Andy, did you not read the whole op-ed where you can click on ‘here’?

    Cardinal Dolan is on the right Path. We, as Catholics, need to be on the same mission of introducing Jesus to all people. How does Cardinal Dolan do this? He starts with a smile!

    Jesus chose 12 apostles; unique individuals, all fired up with a mission from Jesus Christ. Our mission is derived from the Apostle’s mission. Our mission is to reflect God’s love to others. [Love thy neighbor]. Smile and you will surround yourself with people interested in ‘what you have’. What you have is Love and a love for the mission which is to impart the Peace of Christ to all you meet. It is that Peace that only He can give…He gives it to you so you can give it to others.
    During Mass we are given this Peace from Jesus Christ through His priest and we are to pass this Peace on to others. It just gets us started for our mission. When you gather new friends around you who are filled with questions, start with a smile, the Catechism, and the Bible.

    The Peace of Christ to you, Andy!

  4. Bonnie W and Catholic Mom seem to be missing the main point of AndyP’s post, which is: “Who developed the Catholic Church’s current policy stating that Jews are no longer worthy of evangelization, and on precisely what is that policy based?”

    I for one, would like a straight answer to that question from Cardinal Dolan, along with full particulars. So far, all we have is silence.

    Incidentally, when Jews and Zionists ask us to “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem” they are inadvertently invoking Jesus Christ, who IS the ONLY Peace of Jerusalem … and who is also the only answer to all the Middle East’s (and the world’s) problems. Somebody needs to explain that to them, before things get even worse.

    Selflessly sharing divine truth is what Catholic evangelization is all about … smile or not … and everyone (no exceptions) needs to hear that Gospel message … ASAP.