The Holocaust, Never to be Forgotten: Reflections on the Holy See's Document We Remember

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Paulist Press, 2001 - History - 92 pages
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"The Holocaust, Never to Be Forgotten provides thought-provoking reflections by significant leaders in the Jewish-Christian dialogue on the landmark declaration of the Catholic Church issued by the Vatican in 1998 that acknowledges and seeks forgiveness for the participation of Christians in the terrible evil of the Nazi persecution and systematic annihilation of the Jewish people, which is called in all of its horror simply "the Holocaust" (in Hebrew the Shoah). The book contains the full text of the Holy See's document, with its introduction by Pope John Paul II himself, as well as the explanatory address to the American Jewish Committee by Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, the president of the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations With the Jews. It also contains essays by two important theological thinkers, one a Jew and one a Catholic, both deeply concerned with interreligious dialogue. Rabbi Leon Klenicki sums up a number of Jewish perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of the statement, while noted theologian Avery Dulles, S.J., explores the various Catholic responses to the Holocaust in the past and how this document breaks new ground. Cardinal Cassidy's statement explains both the background to the document, emphasizing the central importance of repentance (teshuvah) to the document, and its unequivocal rejection of those who deny the Holocaust ever happened."--Jacket.

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We Remember A Reflection on the Shoah Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews
Commentary by Rabbi Leon Klenicki
Commentary by Avery Dulles SJ
Address by Edward Idris Cardinal Cassidy

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Page 9 - It is appropriate that, as the Second Millennium of Christianity draws to a close, the Church should become more fully conscious of the sinfulness of her children, recalling all those times in history when they departed from the spirit of Christ and his Gospel and, instead of offering to the world the witness of a life inspired by the values of faith, indulged in ways of thinking and acting which were truly forms of counter-witness and scandal".
Page 10 - Very few of those who entered the camps survived, and those who did remained scarred for life. This was the Shoah. It is a major fact of the history of this century, a fact which still concerns us today. Before this horrible genocide, which the leaders of nations and Jewish communities themselves found hard to believe at the very moment when it was being mercilessly put into effect, no one can remain indifferent, least of all the Church, by reason of her very close bonds of spiritual kinship with...

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