Church's 'Unique' Ties With Jews
Related by Head of Vatican Secretariat
(13irect JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)
HOUSTON — A cardinal of the
Roman Catholic Church told an
American Jewish leader that he
considered the church's relations
with the Jewish people something
"unique" ordained by God.
Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum, di-
rector of the department of reli-
gious affairs of the American Jew-
ish Committee, described his con-
versation with Johannes Cardinal
Willebrands in the Vatican last
May 30 to the Houston chapter of
Cardinal Willebrands was re-
cently named by Pope Paul VI to
serve as president of the Secretar-
iat for Promotion of Christian
Unity, succeeding the late Augus-
tin Cardinal Bea. According to
Rabbi Tanenbaum, Cardinal Wil-
lebrands said he felt strongly that
the "Jewish question" must re-
main with this secretariat rather
than with that of non-Christian
"It is true that Christian unity
Is one thing, a separate thing,
and Christian-Jewish relations is
a separate thing, but they belong
side by side," Cardinal Wille-
brands told him, Rabbi Tanen-
Friday, June 13, 1969-3 ,
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Teachers' College Tightens Admission Policy
BOSTON (JTA) — The Hebrew college entrance examination board
The Catholic leader said his Teachers College of Brookline plans examinations.
church s Isguhdtd good arnedl a ot itohnesr s withd to institute two changes in admis- The second change involves
- sion policies as part of a continu- transfer of credit for courses taken
recognized that other religions ing effort to improve the academic at other schools. In addition to the
have great books as their sources status of the school, according to usual evaluation of records of such
of inspirations. "But they are writ- Philip W. Lown, board Chairman. courses, students applying for
ten by a man or men of great Starting with the 1969-70 academic transfer of credit will be required
talent; they are now, however. year, admission will be based not to pass a written examination in
divine books. You have received only on graduation from the He- ) the course for which credit is
God's book, and we have it brew High School but also on sec- , asked. A specially-appointed facul-
through you, by the grace of God," ondary school records and scores ty admissions committee will han-
in scholastic achievement tests and dle admissions, Mr. Lown added.
Rabbi Tanenbaum recounted.
He said Cardinal Willebrands
thought "The Jewish people pre
serve special values, very impor-
tant and precious, and they are of
permanent meaning. The Jewish
people and Judaism have a per-
manent mission in the world, and
we must work together side by
side to serve God's people and to
help bring the kingdom to the
whole human family," the cardinal
was reported to have said.
Rabbi Tanenbaum reported that
while at the Vatican, he also met
with Father Cornelius Rijk, direc-
tor of the Vatican Office for Cath-
olic-Jewish relations, who said he
planned to increase theological
dialogues around basic questions
arising out of intertesta mental
studies and a better understanding
of Judaism, the Jewish people and
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