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October 06, 1978 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-10-06

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24 Friday, October 6, 1918

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Pope John Paul's Tie to Jews Traced to His Mother

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By RABBI MARC H
TANENBAUM
(Copyright 1978, JTA, Inc.)

household of a Jewish fam-
ily.
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Add 'n Type
In March 1977, at a meet-
Religion is more caught ing of the joint Vatican-
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than taught, the Anglican International Jewish
divine Dean Inge once Committee concerned with
wrote. If there is truth to Catholic-Jewish relations,
that maxim — as I believe Cardinal Luciani saw fit to
there is — Pope John Paul I recall his mother's experi-
seems to have "caught" ences as deeply formative of
PODIATRIST, FOOT SURGEON
favorable attitudes toward his own personal attitudes
the Jewish people and toward Jews.
Takes Pleasure In Announcing That
The affable cardinal
Judaism from his mother,
and that may prove to be warmly recalled that the
DR. LEONARD H. GOLDSMITH
more promising for the fu- Jewish family was very
PODIATRIST, FOOT SURGEON
ture of Catholic-Jewish re- kind to Mrs. Luciani and
lations under his papacy their faith in Judaism
than anything that he greatly impressed her.
Will Hereafter Be Associated Wtih Him
The cardinal said that his
might have been taught.
Albino Luciano's mother mother passed her re-
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worked as a maid in the spect for that Jewish
family and their religion
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Jewish Chronicle, Cardinal
Luciani then condemned_
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(Editor's note: This ar-
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the sudden death of Pope
John Paul I last week.)

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massacres, and pledged to
lend his efforts to uproot the
sources of anti-Jewish
hatred in Christian cul-
tures.
That deeply human
and empathic apprecia-
tion of both the grandeur
and the tragedy of
Jewish life apparently
carried over to Cardinal
Luciani's spontaneous
understanding of the im-
portance of Israel to the
Jewish people.
In an interview that he
gave to Maariv Dec. 8, 1972,
he declared: "I certainly
view favorably the return of
the Jews to Palestine, and
believe that, after being
dispersed for all these yars,
they are at least entitled to
a state of their own."
While noting that there
were those in the Catholic
Church who believed that
the modern-day Jewish
state contradicted one of
Christianity's historic dog-
mas which viewed the
wretched state of the Jews
among nations as a
punishment for not accept-
ing Jesus as Messiah, the
cardinal told Maariv:
"I, however, do not view
the return of the Jewish
people to its land as a con-
tradiction of any religious
- principle of Christianity. It
does, perhaps contradict . . .
traditional beliefs preva-

Conviction Upheld

WASHINGTON (JTA)- —
The conviction of Dr.
William R. Perl, the founder
of the Jewish Defense
League branch in the Wash-
ington area, for illegal re-
ceipt of a rifle and attempt
to damage property used by
two Soviet officials was up-
held last week by the
Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals in Richmond, Va.

But the court ordered a
new trial on his conviction
for conspiracy. All the
charges against the 72-
year-old retired psychology
professor stemmed from a
plot May 23, 1976 to shoot
out the apartment windows
of two Soviet officials living
in Prince George's County,
Md., a suburb of Washing-
ton. -
The shots were never
fired because Reuven Lev-
Tov, a foimer chauffeur for
the Israeli Embassy who is
now a U.S. citizen, used
blank cartridges supplied
by the FBI.
The Appeals Court re-
jected Perl's claim that he
and been entrapped into
committing the crime by
Lev-Tov and the FBI. But
it overturned the conspi-
racy charge because U.S.
District Court Judge
Edward S. Northrop of
Baltimore failed to fully
correct an erroneous in-
struction telling the jury
it could consider Perl's
dealings with Lev-Tov as
well as with other un-
identified persons.
Perl, a Holocaust sur-
vivor, was involved in the
incident as a protest to
Soviet treatment of Jews
who want to emigrate to Is-
rael.

lent in the Christian world
over the centuries, but that
can be overcome." And, as if
for emphasis, he added, "For
my part, I have no doubt
that-there is a link between
the Jews and Palestine."
Turning to the issue of
Jerusalem, Cardinal Lu-
ciani stated that (Christian)
"pilgrims returning from
Jerusalem said the _ y were
very satisfied . . . The
church does not wish to con-
trol Jerusalem, only to wor-
ship in the holy places."

The practical implica-
tions of Pope John Paul's
direct and open feelings
toward Jews and Israel
were perhaps most
clearly reflected at his
first weekly general
audience on Sept. 6, 1978,
when the Pontiff asked
the cheering crowd of
some 10,000 to pray for "a
special intention very
close to my heart" — that
"a just and complete
peace" may emerge from
the Camp David summit
talks. Such a "just solu-
tion" could come about,
the Pope said, only if the
problems of "the Palesti-
nians, the security of Is-
rael, and the holy city of
Jerusalem" were solved.
This conflict, he added,
"which has been fought
for more than 30 -years in
the land of Jesus has al-
ready caused so many
victims and so much suf-
fering, both among Arabs
and Israelis."
This is the first time that
any Pope has spoken in such
balanced terms about Arabs
and Israelis, and it is cer-
tainly the first clear and
unambiguous recognition
by any recent Pope of the
needs of "the security of Is-
rael."

Jews Express
Condolences
on Pope's Death

NEW YORK (JTA) —
American Jewish organiza-
tions have expressed shock
and sadness over the death
of Pope John Paul I who died
last week of a heart attack
after serving only 34 days.-
They sent messages of con-
dolence to the Vatican and
to American Catholic
organizations and leaders.
The Jewish groups
pointed out that the world
had lost a great spiritual
leader and noted his sen-
sitivity and understanding'
of the suffering and hopes of
the Jewish people. They
also said he understood the
meaning of Israel and
Jerusalem for the Jewish
people.
Among those sending
condolences were the
American Jewish Commit-
tee, the Conference of
Presidents of Major. Ameri-
can Jewish Organizations,
the American Jewish Con-
gress, the Anti-Defamation
League of Bnai Brith, the
National Jewish Commu-
nity Relations Advisory
Council, the National
Council of Jewish Women
and the Chicago Board of
Rabbis.
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