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November 05, 1965 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-11-05

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Friday, November 5, 1965-3

Jews Declared Innocent' in Blood-Libel Case

(Continued from Page 1)
riched himself by the confiscation
of the property of the Jews tor-
tured to death.
The historic declaration on
the Jews, repudiating the charge
that the Jewish people are col-
lectively responsible for the cru-
cifixion of Jesus and deploring
anti-Semitism was promulgated
Oct. 28 by Pope Paul VI in the
splendor of St. Peter's Basilica,
thus becoming a decree binding
for every member of the Catho-
lic church.
The 2,312 prelates attending
the public session of the Ecumen-
ical Council, cast "pro forma"
votes on the declaration which the
Council approved Oct. 15 by a
ballot of 1,763 to 250. The Oct. 28
vote was 2,221 in favor of the
declaration, 88 against it and three
bishops abstaining. The promulga-
tion of the decree, which orders
that Jews must never again be
presented as "rejected or ac-
cursed," took place on the seventh
anniversary of the election of Pope
John XXIII, the late pontiff who
instituted a friendlier approach
of the Catholic church to the Jew-
ish people.
In promulgating the declaration
on the Jews and four other
schemas, Pope Paul told the as-
sembled prelates:
"May our Christian brothers,
still separated from the full com-
munion of the Catholic church,
wish to contemplate this new
manifestation of its renovated face.
May such contemplation come also
from the followers of other reli-
gions and, among them, those who
have the same relationship to
A b r a h a m, especially the Jews.
They are certainly not objects of
reprobation or distrust but of
respect, love and hope."
Although the "yes" votes
represented an overwhelming
majority, it was nevertheless
considered significant that 88
"hard-core" opposition votes
were recorded in a public ses-
This was regarded at the very
least as an odd manner of ex-
pressing disapproval toward the
Ecumenical Council and its head,
the Pope. It was noted that the
other four decrees were accepted
with near-unanimity by the pre-

`Anglo-Arab Relations
Not at Israel's Expense'

LONDON (JTA)—George Thom-
son, British minister of state for
foreign affairs, reiterated here that
better relations with the Arab
states will never be sought "at the
expense of Israel."
The British statesman, who re-
turned recently from a tour of
Middle East capitals, which in-
eluded Jerusalem, also told a large
and distinguished gathering at a
dinner of the Anglo-Israel Associa-
tion that "there are no - serious
problems between Britain and
Israel." He added that Britain's
policy was to "seek friendly rela-
tions with all countries in the
Middle East."

At the opening of the promulga-
tion session, the entire body joined
in singing the traditional "Tu es
Petru," honoring the pontiff as the
successor of Peter, and Psalm 132.
The choice of that Psalm for this
ceremony was also considered as
a significant bow to the Jews. That
Psalm is a paean to King David,
starting with "Lord, remember
David and all his afflictions," end-
ing with "His enemies will I clothe
with shame; but upon himself shall
his crown flourish."

Jesuit Organ America Says
Original Text More Effective
NEW YORK (JTA) — The Jesuit
weekly America welcomed the
promulgation of the declaration
concerning relations of the Catholic
Church with the Jews as an "af-
firmation of our common spiritual
patrimony and the rejection of
In an editorial in the magazine's
issue dated 0 c t. 29 America
pointed out that it had earlier ex-
pressed its inability to accept the
reasons given for dropping the
word "deicide" from the draft
document or the shift regarding
anti-Semitism from "condemn" to
"deplore," and it still is not
persuaded by the reasons given.
"While we understand t h e

political pressures and theological
problems that forced the changes,
we feel that in these respects the
original text would have better
achieved the goal intended.
"Still, as Cardinal Bea insists,
the substance denoted by `deicide'
and `condenmare' remains: the
church has solemnly decreed that
no basis exists in the religion of
Christ for 'hatred, persecutions,
displays of anti-Semitism directed
against Jews at any time and by
anyone.' That much should be
clear to the whole world."
The New York Times, comment-
ing in an editorial on the Vatican
declaration on the Jews, said: "In
this declaration 'on the relation
of the Church to non-Christian reli-
gions' it can be said, despite minor
disappointments over wording, that
the ecumenical spirit and purpose
of Pope John have been fulfilled."
American Jewish Committee
Welcomes Promulgation Act
NEW YORK (JTA) — Morris
B. Abram, president of the Amer-
ican Jewish Committee, welcomed
the promulgation by Pope Paul VI
and the Vatican Council of the
declaration on the Jews as "a
turning point in 1,900 years of
Jewish-Christian history" and as
"the climax to an unprecedented
effort to bring about a new era in

relations between Catholics and
Stating that the declaration's
rejection of the charge of Jew-
ish collective guilt for the cruci-
fixion and its repudiation of anti-
Semitism are "significant clarifica-
tions of Church teachings," Abram
added the hope that they would
help "purify the climate or rela-
tions between Christians and Jews
throughout the world."


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