The Synod of the Bishops for the Middle East : Report from Rabbi David Rosen

Source: FSSPX News

The first Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, held at the Vatican from October 10-24, was a meeting of representatives from the seven Eastern Catholic Churches on the topic: The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness. “Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul(Acts 4:32).

Report from Rabbi David Rosen

During his long intervention in English on October 13, Rabbi Rosen admitted to “having been surprised to find Catholic clergy and sometimes even hierarchy from some countries not only ignorant about contemporary Judaism but often even about Nostra Aetate itself,” and about the documents and the teachings concerning Jews and Judaism that result from it. The rabbi was quick to recognize that there is still “widespread ignorance about Christianity in the Jewish world, especially where there is little or no contact at all with modern Christians.”

Concerning “the Judeo-Christian relationship and the Middle East”, the rabbi rejoiced that the “relationship today between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people is a blessed transformation,” no doubt “without historical parallel.” “Naturally this striking transformation in the way the Jewish people is viewed and presented,” he explained, “still had and has to contend with the influence of centuries, if not millennia, of the ‘teaching of contempt’ towards Jews and Judaism, which obviously is not eliminated overnight nor even over forty-five years.” “Israeli Jewry still has a long way to go in overcoming the negative past,” stated the rabbi, “but there is no question that attitudes have changed” since the “historic visit” of John Paul II to the Holy Land in 2000.

Special Synod of the Bishops for the Middle East :

An ayatollah at the Synod
Presentation of the Synod
Opening of the Synod
Intervention of the Shiite ayatollah Seyyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad
A Lebanese bishop vigorously denounces the Koran
The final message of the Synod Fathers
The synod’s final propositions
The close of the Synod