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The Outrageous loud Libel: Universalistic Elements
American Incidents Recalled
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WSU Professor Moss'
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Reminiscences of Two Columnists,
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Legends Depicting Liberalism
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Noted Protestant Charges; teicide'
Deletion Results From Arab Pressure
Interregnum for British Jewry:
Search for Chief Rabbi Goes On
By S. J. GOLDSMITH
JTA Correspondent in London
(Copyright, 1965, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)
LONDON—It seems the cry of "Habemus Papam" (We have a
father) was premature after all. British Jews are stiA searching for a
Chief Rabbi. But let me recapitulate the story.
Dr. Israel Brodie retired in May, on his 70th birthday. I saw him
the other day. He looks 10 years younger. He told me . he was enjoying
his retirement because now he had time on his hands to study Torah
and read the philosophers.
The office of the Chief Rabbi is time- and health-bonsuming, and
leaves the incumbent no opportunities for study or reflection, It is a
kind of vicious circle, the late Dr. Hertz once told m (he preceded
Dr. Brodie as Chief Rabbi). They want a "Talmid Haharn." All right.
But then they take up all his time with communal squabbles and he
cannot live up to the injunction that a Jew must study Torah all day
and every day. Dr. Brodie was even more preoccupied and harassed
than Dr. Hertz. And the next Chief Rabbi will be busier still. The
Reform and Liberal leaders already demand "Ecumenism;' even before
there is a Chief Rabbi to put it, into practice.
Dr. Jacob Herzog was unanimously elected—even those who did not
like his candidature voted for him to have unanimity—and Acted to
come here from Jerusalem before the High Holy Days. Th e were
told that he would come in November, since his convalescence, after an
operation, was not as speedy as had been expected. And Low the an-
nouncement that he would not assume his post on doctor's orders.
Those who know Herzog well assure us that his illness was genuine
and that he needed a long time to recover completely. This may be so.
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Although, as a Jewish Telegraphic Agency report from Rome stated on Wednes-
day, the Archbishop of Westminster John Cardinal Heenan told a press conference at
the Vatican that he was bound by secrecy not to give out any information about the
Vatican Council draft declaration on non- Christian religions, it became known this
week that, yielding to Arab pressures, the term "deicide" is being omitted from the
long-debated declaration on the crucifixion.
The statement, it is reliably reported, will, in a general way, condemn anti-Semi-
The new revelations discredit purported "disclosures" in the current issue of
Harpers Magazine, by F. E. Cartus, described as "the pseudonym of a Roman Catholic
observer who has watched developments at the Vatican Council," that American Catholic
bishops already have formed a "subcommission for Jewish Affairs" in anticipation of
favorable action by the Ecumenical Council on the declaration on Catholic-Jewish rela-
tions. Cartus' claim is that such a subcommission is a unit of a "Commission for Ecumeni-
Meanwhile, in the October issue of Ramparts, the liberal Catholic magazine
published in Menlo Park, Calif., due off the press this week-end, the prominent Protes-
tant author and lawyer, William Stringfellow, predicts that "barring the intervention of
the Holy Spirit, Vatican II seems certain to compromise theology for the sake of politics
and, thus, to guarantee the future of a divided Christendom."
Stringfellow's appraisal of what can be expected from the Ecumenical Council,
now in its fourth and final session in Rome, is contained in the magazine's four-part
"Pessimist's Guide to the Vatican Council," including "A Jew's Lament" by Arthur
A. Cohen, "A Catholic's Foreboding" by Ramparts publisher Edward M. Keating and
"A Protestant's Disenchantment" by Stringfellow.
The magazine's cover, a painting by Barnaby Conrad of Pope John XXIII with
a tear in his eye, sets the tone of the issue which traces the battle over church suprem-
acy between bishops and popes from Council of Constance in 1417 to the present. It
shows how the continuing struggle may determine decisions to be made in the next
three months on such hotly debated questions as religious liberty, the Declaration on the
Jews, birth control and the use of nuclear arms, among others.
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