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2005-NOV-07: U.S. Congress recognizes anniversary of Nostra
Aetate: According to the Institute on Religion and Public Policy:
United States House of Representatives will vote on
H.Con.Res. 260, a resolution recognizing the 40th anniversary of the
Second Vatican Council's Declaration on the Relation of the Church to
Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate, and the continuing need for
mutual inter-religious respect and dialogue.
Introduced by Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ), the resolution calls upon
the House of Representatives to recognize the significance of the
Catholic Church's document as well as to encourage the continued
implementation of the ideals it professes; commemorates the 40th
anniversary of Nostra Aetate; celebrates the historic relationship
between Jews, Catholics and other religions worldwide that has resulted;
expresses the need for continued interreligious dialogue and cooperation
between all people of all faiths; condemns anti-Semitism; and encourages
the United States to be a leader in ending religious intolerance and
Upon introducing the resolution, Congressman Holt described Nostra
Aetate as a catalyst for open discussion between faiths: "This month we
mark the 40th anniversary of a watershed moment in interfaith relations,
especially Catholic-Jewish relations. As we commemorate this historic
declaration, we need to remember that its essential message - the need
for interreligious dialogue and religious tolerance - is vitally
important today more than ever."
"I applaud Representative Holt for introducing such an important
resolution and call on the House of Representatives to vote
overwhelmingly in favor of it," commented Institute President Joseph K.
Grieboski. "This resolution recognizes the universal message of
coexistence set forth in the Nostra Aetate. Religious respect and
understanding in every capacity advances Man's efforts to grow in peace
as one people."
In Nostra Aetate, the Roman Catholic church
centuries-long teachings that:
- All of the Jews in Palestine circa 30
responsible for the execution of Jesus.
- All Jews who are currently living are also responsible for Jesus'
- God has rejected Jews because they murdered Jesus.
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Copyright © 2005 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2005-NOV-08
Latest update: 2005-NOV-08
Compiler: B.A. Robinson