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September 17, 1971 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-09-17

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~ elicTheologianBaCks IsraertJetusalem Rights

YORK. x.trA)
A Ger-
man tichalar.:..deiCribed as the
World's -leading-Catholic theOlogi-
an. hatairpressectthe opinicai that
there are _no .theolOgical grounds
for. Christians to .oppose either Is-
sovereignty - osier Jerusalem
or the State of. Israel itself. The
vieW9 of Father Karl. Rohner,- now.
Professor emeritus in the theologi-
cal school - of Munich University,
are contained in_a statement in
Sterna, an independent Jewish
publication edited by Rabbi
Eugene B. Borowitz.
Father Rahner's leading status
as -a theologian' was. cited by an
official of Herder and Herder, the
leading Catholic publishing house,
which publishes his writings.
Father -Rohner expressed his
views in :response to an inquiry
from —Rabin Borowitz, who is a
Member Of the faculty of the Jew-
ish institute-of-Religion, the New .
-York branch-of the American Re-
form Seminary. •
Asserting that.. the papacy had
-. "intensified" r-e n--e w e d debate,
Rabbi HoroWitz noted that last
May, the official 'Vatican publica-
tion, Osservatore Romano, .refer-
red 'to the Judaization of Jeru-
"saleni at the expense of the non-
Jewish population," and that last
•June, Pope - Paul VI spoke -to the
College of Cardinals about _Jeru-
salem's "mysterious destiny" and
called for 'internationalization of
' the city.
Rabbi Horowitz reported he
wrote - to - Father -Rainier . in an ef-
fort to "clear up" the issue. of
whether control of Old Jerusalem
Was - "a theological problem for
contemporary Roman Catholics,"
specifically whether :"the-old no-
tions - about Jerusaleni.- wern'to be
found in modern Catholic litera-
...ture and, more imPortant, What
his-- teaching on this topic was."
"I cannot see that 'the return
of Jernialem to Israel



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a ? Wad- Uibolughtal problem for
a Christian such that matters
of faith would compel him to
oppose the return."
He noted that after the Crus-
ades, "Christians accepted the
domination by Mohammedan peo-
ples and states as a fact, without
being prompted by their -faith to
undo that fact." He said: "I there-
fore do not accept the .notion that
Christians ought to oppose on
grounds of faith, the Israeli sover-
eignty = over Jerusalem, especially
since Christians are well aware
of the ties by which the people
of the New Covenant are spiritual-
ly connected to the Tribe of Abra-
ham."
Father Rihner added that Chris-
tian "dogmatic reasons would be
grounds for opposing this sover-
eignty only if there were a deci-
sive objection on theological
grounds to the very existence of a
Jewish state." He said: "I am not
aware of such objections or of
such a theolOgical. problem that.
Christians have intensively con-
sidered in- theological terms."'
_The theologian wrote that he did

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not know Whit had prompted the .
Pontiff to support the internation-
alization of Jernsalem but sug-
gested that One possthle reason
was "the desire for a peaceful
compromise between Israel and the
Arab states and the opinion that
the 'holy, places' of Christianity
would best be safeguarded in this
manner." He suggested that there
might be differences "abbut the
weightiness. of these reasons" but
that in any case, they do not in
my opinion comprise a real theolog-
ical problem?'

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ROSH HASHANA
BEGIN A HAPPY AND
WONDERFUL YEAR

Lillian Wald Joins
the Hall of Fame

NEW YORK —Gov. Nelson A.
Rockefeller paid tribute to the
"inspired purpose . . . understand-
ing heart and outstanding admin-
istrative - capacity" of tha noted
humanitarian, Lillian D. Wald,
upon her installation in the Hill
of Fame for Great Americans at
- New York Universlly.
• "The- entire= life,. the career, the
ideals and the accomplishments of
:this gracious, lady place her in the
ranks of the great -Americans. of
all time," said the governor in
a message read'iluring the cere-
mony by -Prof.- -Russell. D.
director of the Hall- of Fame. -
"There are 'thousands of peo-
ple living today in happy cir-
cunistances who owe their posi-
den, their - achievements, to the
Henry SU:ea Settlement or to
one of the other . organizations
she founded and directed- for so
many fruitful years," Rocke-
feller continued. "That -. Lillian
Wald should now be taking her
placein your pantheon of the
immortals -of--our country is . the -
greatest satisfaction to all of us
who value the humanitarian
spirit which is the - Underlining -
theme of our democracy:"
The -ceremony honoring Miss
:Wald, who gained worldwide rec-
ognition for her innovations in the
fields of nursing, educaticin and
social referm,- was held at NYC's
tan.
Town Hall-in midtown Manhat
A - bronze bust of Miss Wald was
' . presented. to the Hall of - Fame
by Mrs.'. Eve -Reese, executive
rector of the Visiting' Nurse Serv-
ice of -New York; and was un-
veiled by: Aaron -Rabinowitz,
- chairman of the Lillian D
Hall - of Fame Committee, who
was a pupil at the Henry , Street
'Settlement in 1896 and a longtime -
friend- of Miss Wald. '

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