American Jewish Committee lauds Cardinal Kasper, noting opposition to proselytism

The American Jewish Committee presented its Isaiah Interreligious Award to Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, at the conclusion of its annual meeting on April 30.

“Cardinal Kasper has made some of the most far-reaching statements regarding the Catholic Church and Judaism, has firmly opposed attempts to proselytize Jews and has been a champion in the struggle against anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism,” said Rabbi David Rosen, the American Jewish Committee’s international director of interreligious affairs.

“I am deeply moved by this high distinction and I cannot but express my deep gratitude to AJC for the honor conferred upon me as a German, as a Catholic theologian and as President of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with Jews,” said Cardinal Kasper. “I am deeply grateful that I have been able to contribute to making a difference in relations between our two communities and to a healing process of the deep wounds inherited from the past.”

“We strive together to make a difference in the world, working for the good of our children and the children of our children so that atrocities such as the Holocaust can never happen again,” Cardinal Kasper added.

Editor’s note: The Cardinal is flat-out wrong on this issue. The pope ought to tell him so. The Great Commission still applies to Jews, as well as everyone else. Jesus made no exceptions.

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