AJC Interreligious Director Co-Chairs Catholic-Jewish Conference; Pope Pius XII, Vatican Archives Discussed

November 11, 2008 – Budapest – The International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee (ILC), holding its 20th conference in Budapest, has expressed deep regret over certain polemical and intemperate statements being made over the controversy concerning the role of Pope Pius XII during World War II.

Cardinal Walter Kasper and Rabbi David Rosen, co-chairs of the ILC, declared: “We reiterate our commitment to a relationship based on mutual respect and sensitivity. Disagreements between us which inevitably occur from time to time must always be expressed in a manner that reflects this spirit and not in language that only exacerbates tension.”

Cardinal Kasper noted that the concerns of the Jewish community have been clearly conveyed to the Holy See at the highest level.

Ten days ago, the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), at a Papal Audience with Pope Benedict XVI, requested that all archival material be made available for independent scholarly review before any far reaching decisions are made by the Holy See concerning persons and policies during World War II.

Rabbi Rosen is the American Jewish Committee (AJC) international director of interreligious affairs, and chair of IJCIC. Cardinal Kasper is president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

The ILC is the convened body of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews and the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC).
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