The Holy See should be changed to the ‘holy lie’. Since when Jews are not to be converted?! Not trying to convert a Jew is like sending a Jew straight to hell. If the ‘Holy See’ doesn’t do anything to convert Jews, it means that is ruled by some other god which is not the one in the Bible.
“Joint Statement on the Meeting of the Bilateral Commission of the Delegations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See’s (Jerusalem, December 16/17, 2015; Tevet 4/5, 5776),” Source: press.vatican.va
1.- The Bilateral Commission of the delegations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews held its thirteenth meeting in Jerusalem at the offices of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung on the subject of “Migrants and Refugees – threat or opportunity?” .
2.- Chief Rabbi Rasson Arousi, acting Chairman of the Jewish delegation, welcomed Cardinal Peter Turkson, Chairman of the Catholic delegation, and his colleagues. This was followed by a minute of silence in memory of Cardinal Jorge Mejia the first Catholic co-chair of the Bilateral Commission who had passed away since the last meeting was held. Tributes were paid to his historic contribution to the transformation in Catholic-Jewish relations, especially to be noted at a time of celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate. The participants also sought to convey wishes for a full and speedy recovery to Chief Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen.
4. It was accordingly most appropriate that this meeting of the bilateral commission focused on the enormous current humanitarian crisis in the form of hundreds of thousands of refugees seeking asylum and the challenges this poses.
5. The presentations and discussion highlighted a number of issues:
I. The tensions between the obligation to welcome and “love the stranger as yourself” (Lev. 19:34) while meeting one’s responsibilities to one’s own identity, society, community and specific religious mission.
II. The challenge posed by migration raises a question mark regarding the fullness and authenticity of human existence and experience. It raises moral demands for respect for human dignity that no decent conscience can ignore.
III. Accordingly, Jews and Christians are called
a. To address these challenges and to do the utmost to ensure that the Divine Image, (Genesis 1:27) in which all humanity is created, is respected and fostered fully among migrant and refugee populations.
b. To recognize immigrants as a blessed resource to be welcomed and respected for their human dignity, and as potential, to contribute to the positive growth and development of society.
c. To help influence public opinion and legislatures to regulate and more effectively implement immigration procedures, mindful of the preferred destinations of migrants themselves.
6. The Bilateral Commission was treated to a presentation on Israeli initiatives to address the plight of refugees and victims of conflict.
|Rabbi Rasson Arousi
(Chairman of the Jewish Delegation)
|Cardinal Peter Kodwo Turkson
(Chairman of the Catholic Delegation)
|Rabbi David Brodman||Patriarch Fouad Twal|
|Rabbi Professor Daniel Sperber||Archbishop Bruno Forte|
|Rabbi David Rosen||Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto|
|Mr Oded Wiener||Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo|
|Rabbi Shmuel Shapira||Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, O.F.M.|
|Msgr. Pier Francesco Fumagalli|
|Father Norbert Hofmann, S.D.B.|