The Netherlands : Bishops organize a day of Judaism

Source: FSSPX News


On January 17, for the first time, the Dutch Bishops’ Conference organized a day of Judaism. Mgr. Adrianus Van Luyn, the bishop of Rotterdam and president of the Bishops’ Conference since January 8, 2008, declared : “The commitment  of Jesus as teacher, Prophet and Savior can not be understood if one detaches Him from His Judaism”.

The bishops visited the historical Judaic Museum and the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. The day also included a conference on the practical and theological aspects of  dialogue between Jews and Christians.

Mgr. Van Luyn, also president of the Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), advised parishes to follow the example given by the bishops. The joint dialogue between the two religions must not be limited to pragmatic questions, according to the bishop of Rotterdam. The discussions on faith could prove enriching as much for Christians as for the Jews. Mgr. Van Luyn stated that, because of the fundamental links between the two religions, dialogue with the Jews was more important for the life of Christians than that with Islam. (Source : Apic)