EDITORS NOTE: Since the rabbis have only one flimsy document, Nostra Aetate, to build their Noachide church upon, others must be created.
Synod outline says Bible is source of Christian unity, bond with Jews
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Bible is a source of Christian unity and is evidence of Christianity's special bond with the Jewish people, said the outline for the next world Synod of Bishops.
The theme of the synod, scheduled Oct. 5-26, 2008, will be: "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church."
... Christianity and Judaism are "grounded in the same covenant, because God, who is always faithful to his promises, has not revoked the first covenant" with the Jewish people, it said.
Croatian Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, told reporters, "We would be happy if everyone said this is no longer a problem, but it is a question that must be asked."
"Our relationship with the Jewish people is very special, and we hope every shadow of anti-Semitism has disappeared," he said.
The archbishop said his office had not begun drawing up a list of the guests who will be invited to the synod, but he did not rule out the possibility of inviting a Jewish representative along with the delegates from other Christian churches. Such guests participate but do not vote at the synods.
The outline specifically asked bishops to report on any incidents in which the Scriptures are misused "to ferment attitudes of anti-Semitism," a problem usually associated with readings about the passion of Jesus and the role of the Jewish leaders of his time.
Fighting anti-Semitism will be among issues discussed at the world summit of Catholic bishops next year, according to The Associated Press. Pope Benedict XVI has recently approved a 60-page document that asks bishops to examine sacred texts and how they may be misconstrued to promote anti-Jewish sentiments.
The need to step up the fight against anti-Semitism will be a key issue for the world's Roman Catholic bishops at a meeting at the Vatican next year.
An entire section of a preparatory document released by the Vatican on Friday is devoted to the Church's relationship with Jews, noting the "close associations of the two in faith" and calling for efforts "to overcome every form of anti-Semitism."
The 60-page document, which was approved by Pope Benedict XVI, outlines the suggested topics and includes a questionnaire to be answered by local bishops.
After asking if priority is given to dialogue with the Jews, the questionnaire calls on bishops to investigate the use of biblical texts to "ferment attitudes of anti-Semitism."
"Much has already been done, but everything must be done to dispel every shadow," the
synod's general-secretary, Bishop Nikola Eterovic, said during a news conference to present the agenda for the October 2008 meeting.
No reciprocal effort from the rabbis is planned, of course.