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Vatican document on Judaism praised by Jews


A document that was released quietly by the Vatican has been drawing much praise in the media over the weekend. The following report comes from Ananova and a lengthier report from the NY Times can be found at the link below.

A leader of Rome's Jewish community has praised a new Vatican document that says Christians should respect the Jewish wait for a messiah.

The document says both Christians and Jews share the wait, although Jews are waiting for the first coming and Christians for the second.

The Vatican did nothing to herald the birth of the document, the work of its most important theologian, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

"The Jewish wait for the messiah is not in vain," it says.

"It will be interesting to see what the various strands of Judaism and Catholicism will take out of it," said Tulia Zevi, a leader of Italy's Jewish community. "It took a long time to be born and will take a long time to grow up."

It appeared in Rome bookstores as a small volume called "The Jewish People and the Holy Scriptures in the Christian Bible."

"There was no intention to hide it," said a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini.

Some saw the document as a departure from "Dominus Iesus," the declaration issued by Ratzinger last year that challenged the idea that "one religion is as good as another." That raised criticism from some Jewish and other non-Catholic scholars.

Some speculated the church kept publication of the new document quiet because it was worried about dissent within its ranks.

"It is very interesting it was kept in the cooler," Zevi said. "People are questioning why."

A leader of Rome's Jewish community has praised a new Vatican document that says Christians should respect the Jewish wait for a messiah.

The document says both Christians and Jews share the wait, although Jews are waiting for the first coming and Christians for the second.

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21-Jan-02