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September 17, 1965 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-09-17

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aide in Home
Over `Deiteide' Issue
• Continued from Page 1 •
proved by the last session of the Editorial in America

Variety of ORT Courses for Polish Jewish Students

LONDON (JTA) — Officials of from Warsaw. In addition to the
the Polish ORT announced a wide courses for new students, there
Council, must prevail under the
variety of courses to be offered in will also be refresher classes for
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
present Council rules.
Poland during the coming aca-
to The Jewish News)
JewiSh workers seeking higher
(Pressure by Christian Arabs
NEW YORK—In an editorial on demic year, which began this
was still being exerted on the the opening of the fourth session week, according to a dispatch classification in their present jobs.
Vatican from Syria. According to of the Ecumenical Council in
a dispatch from Damascus, Christ- Rome, America, the Jesuit weekly,
ian communities in the Syrian said Wednesday that the world was
town of Aleppo organized a pro- eagerly awaiting the council's
cession to protest the Council's final decrees and it warned that
declaration on the Jews. The "There will be keen disappoint-
demonstrators, who sent telegrams ment if a strong unequivocal di-
to Eastern bishops in Rome, urg- rective regarding the relation be-
ing them to block passage of the tween Christians and Jews is not
document, carried placards read- issued."
* *
ing "Christianity will never absolve
Jews of deicide," and "the Pope Bells in Old Jerusalem
will not frustrate the hopes of the Churches Against the Schema
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
Arab peoples.")
to The Jewish News)
Final approval of the Ecumenical
JERUSALEM — Bells of some
Council's draft declaration on Christian communities in Jordan-
Catholic-Jewish relations has never held Old Jerusalem- will toll Thurs-
been seriously endangered since day to express "deep concern" over
the overwhelming majority vote of the Ecumenical Council draft de-
provisional approval last Novem- claration repudiating the ancient
ber, during the third Council charge of Jewish responsibility for
session, a West German Jesuit the crucifixion of Jesus, it was re-
leader said.
ported here Wednesday.
Rev. H. Hirschmann, professor of __. The Mayor of Old Jerusalem
the Jesuit order at Frankfurt Uni- told reporters that the decision to
versity, declared at the German use that form of protest was made
Bishops press panel that this was by Christian leaders in those com-
true despite all rumors to the con- munities when he visited them
trary. The provisional vote of ap- Monday to discuss the draft de-
proval was 1,691 for, 99 against and claration. He said he had also
four abstentions. The declaration sent a message of protest to Pope
repudiates once and for all the Paul VI.
ancient charge that the Jews, past
(Related Story on Page 8)
or present, had any responsibility
for the crucifixion of Jesus. It is
part of a document on the Catholic Israeli Trade Exhibition
Church's relations with all non-
Christian religions, including the Opens in London Store
Moslem and Buddhist faiths.
LONDON (JTA) — An Israel
Father Hirschm'ann explained exhibition opened here Monday at
that any schema adopted by a two- Selfridge's, one of London's larg-
thirds majority is considered as est department stores. The display
virtually accepted, and cannot be launched Israel's drive to increase
changed thereafter except by a its share in Britain's imports. The
majority vote of the prelates. He first Israeli trade and cultural ex-
added that competent Council com- hibition in Britain, it showed
missions can propose only amend- mostly food and fashion items,
ments formulated on the basis of as well as coins and other archaeo-
proposals contained in positions of logical artifacts. •
On your next trip to Europe—or anywhere in the wortd.e,
Council members who voted "yes,
enjoy the dedication to service that has made us a favorite,
with reservations." However, Prof.
welcomed to the opening by
among international travelers. Kosher food? Of course.
Hirschmann stressed, such pro- was
posed amendments can be only al- Sir Rex Cohen, the store's chair-
specify with your reserVations. Please, contact your_
ternative formulations to those man. Others attending the open-
Travel Agent or Lufthansa German Airlines.
originally accepted. If such amend-
ments do not receive a majority, London Chamber of Commerce,
the original text remains valid, he Marks and Spencer, the Anglo-
Israel Chamber of Trade in Lon-
German Airlines
don, the United Synagogue and the
1242 Washington Blvd.,
It was known, he said, that, for board of trade.
Detroit 26, Michigan. WOodward 3-6250
the sake of clarity and to avoid mis-
understanding or misuse, a number
of such alternatives were examined
and formulated for the draft by
the Secretariat for the Promotion
of Christian Unity, which adopted
the initial strongly-worded draft.
For the community to remember and for
He declared, however, that these
all our organizations to keep absolutely open!
proposals did not change the sub-
stance of the text adopted in No-
vember and could not alter the
draft in essence.
Prof. Hirschmann noted that
fears had been voiced by "one
has been set as the date for the
part" of the Church concerning
possible reprisals against Catholics
in the Middle East, stemming from
the sweeping dismissal of deicide
charges against the Jewish people.
He said there was no reason to
minimize such fears, but that it
was equally true that the Ecu-
menical Council could not give
"decisive weight to such consider.
ations of expediency."
to be held
Predicting that there would still
be "much opposition" at the
Council to the declaration before
final approval and promulgation, he
and to mark the 10th anniversary of the great University in Israel
said that the declaration was im-
portant also in its Moslem and
Buddhist elements, and that it
would most probably remain a
separate document and not incor-
porated in the "Constitution of the
Church" schema. This had been
Our best wishes go forth to the entire community for a Very Happy New Year
proposed during the third session.

retariat would submit to the Con-
ciliar Fathers, would be one to
substitute another word or phrase
for the term "deicide" which was
used in the version of the declara-
tion overwhelmingly approved at
last year's session of the Council.
This substitution, according to
the news agency's sources, would
not modify or distort the meaning
of the original version. The agency
noted that some bishops were de-
termined to retain the terminology
previously approved and that,
therefore, any decision on this
textual change would have to be
by vote of the Council.
The Secretariat decided to sub-
mit this change to the Council in
deference to suggestions made by
some of the bishops who supported
the declaration at the last session
with reservations attached to their
votes. Another reason for the sub-
stitution, the Vatican source stated,
was to avoid "confusion and mis-
understanding," particularly be-
cause of the "different interpreta-
tions given to the issue by Arabs
and Jews."
Ansa also indicated that the
declaration on relations with non-
Christians, including the Jews, as
well as the proposed declaration
on religious freedom, may not be
included in the Schema de Ec-
clesia (On the Church) or attached
as an appendix to it as originally
planned, but may be issued in-
dependently. The motivation for
this was said to be the desire to
underline more strongly the
religious nature of the declaration
on the Jews, and to rule out any
possible political interpretations.
The likelihood that the Vatican's
declaration on Jews will be voted
on within a few days. was indicated
here at a press conference by
Julius Cardinal Doepfner, one of
the Council's four moderators. Sup-
porters of the document, which
had been overwhelmingly ap-
proved at the last session of the
Council, were optimistic that the
declaration, which exonerates the
Jews from the charge of deicide,
would be adopted.
Cardinal Doepfner, who told the
newsmen that the opinion of the
Fathers on the document would
be known in a few days, said that
the work of Augustin Cardinal
Bea's Secretariat for Christian
Unity, the body responsible for
preparing the text, has been "ex-
The prelate said that the new
formulation of the text will be such
as to avoid any misunderstanding,
either from the viewpoint of its
doctrinal substance or from the
viewpoint of the significance which
the declaration will have in the
world, "particularly in the Arab
world." His remarks were inter-
preted here as confirming the re-
port by the Ansa Italian News
Agency, last weekend, that one of
the changes proposed by the Sec-
retariat was the substitution of an-
other expression for the term
"deicide." It was generally believ-
ed here that there are no other
significant changes in the amended
In reply to a question, the Card-
inal told the press conference that
there was no reason why the vot-
ing on the amended text should
not be taken during discussions on
other schemas, again raising the
possibility of an early vote on the
d eclaration.
While some reports indicated
that certain of the amendments
would change aspects of the
declaration regarded as essential
by its supporters, it was pointed
out here that, unless such amend-
ments are accepted by a Council THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
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