25/06/2012 10:45 am
Catholic-Jewish dialogue was the subject of the fifth annual John Paul II Lecture on Interreligious Understanding held at the Angelicum University in Rome on 16 May 2012.
Cardinal Kurt Koch, Head of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, gave this year's lecture charting the historical developments in Catholic-Jewish dialogue made possible by the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate .
"Over the past decades both the 'dialogue ad extra' and the 'dialogue ad intra' have led with increasing clarity to the awareness that Christians and Jews are dependent on one another and the dialogue between the two is as far as theology is concerned not a matter of choice but of duty. Jews and Christians are precisely in their difference the one people of God who can enrich one another in mutual friendship. I do not have the right to judge what Judaism may gain from this dialogue for its own purposes. I can only join Cardinal Walter Kasper in expressing the wish that it recognises that 'separating Judaism from Christianity' would mean 'robbing it of its universality', which was already promised to Abraham."
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