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JEWISH PRAYER, NO CHANGE IN THE DOCTRINE OF THE COUNCIL. NO TO ANTISEMITISM

Because of "grief in some areas of the Jewish world" after the publication of the new Oremus et pro Iudaeis for the 1962 Missale Romanum, "the Holy See ensures that the new wording did by no means intend to express any change in the position of the Catholic Church towards the Jewish, especially on the grounds of the doctrine of the Second Vatican Council, in particular in the ‘Nostra aetate' Declaration", which remains, as stated by Benedict XVI himself, "a milestone on the way of the reconciliation of the Christians with the Jewish people". This was written in a release published by the Vatican Newsroom today. "The Council Document, in the light of other Declarations - about the Holy Scriptures (Dei Verbum 14) and the Church (Lumen gentium 16)", states the release, "expresses the fundamental principles that did and do support the brotherly relationships of esteem, dialogue, love, solidarity and cooperation between Catholics and Jews. Just by carefully looking into the mystery of the Church, the ‘Nostra aetate' recalls the very special bond by which the People of the New Testament is spiritually tied to the descendants of Abraham and rejects any attitude of contempt or discrimination for the Jewish, firmly disavowing any form of anti-Semitism". In repeating that "the continuation of the attitude expressed by the "Nostra aetate" Declaration is also proven by the fact that the Oremus for the Jewish contained in the 1970 Roman Missal is still fully in force and is the ordinary form of the Catholic prayer", the Holy See "wishes that the explanations contained in this release will help dispel any misunderstanding and reasserts the firm wish that the progress made in the mutual understanding and esteem between Jews and Christians over the last few years will grow even more".
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