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Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

 

Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Buenos Aires and Pope Francis embrace after visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem (CNS photo/Paul Haring)Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, Chair of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Issues Statement on Rising Antisemitism

In response to the deadly attack on a kosher market in Jersey City, NJ on December 10, 2019 and the notable rising tide of antisemitic actions that have occurred recently, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton and chair of the U.S. Bishop's Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs issued a statment condemning the actions and reaffirming the Church's solidarity with the Jewish people.

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Other Catholic leaders have also spoken out in solidarity with the Jewish brothers and sisters. Please see below for a sampling of statements from various Catholic leaders and organizations:

  • Statement from His Eminence Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, in response to attack in rabbi's home
  • Statement from His Eminence Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the attack at a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, NY
  • Statement from Most Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany, in response to antisemitic attacks
  • Statement from Most. Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop of Rockville Centre, on antisemitic attacks in the New York area
  • Statement from Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, on stabbing attack at rabbi's home
  • Statement from Most Rev. Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., regarding recent antisemitic attacks
  • Letter of Solidarity from the Sisters of Sion (Canada-USA Region)
  • Reflection from Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, on the World Day of Peace

Save the Date

The 2020 National Workshop on Christian Unity will be March 22-26 in Houston, TX. The theme is, “Welcoming All as Christ.”

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020 Theme Announced

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated annually January 18-25, is an opportunity for Christians worldwide to join together in prayer for visible Christian unity, "that they all may be one."  (cf. John 17:21) The theme for 2020, prepared by a group of Christians from Malta, is "They Showed Us Unusual Kindness" (cf. Acts 28:2). Please stay tuned for more information.

Welcome From the Chairman

Bishop Joseph C BamberaWelcome to the website of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (SEIA), office for the Bishops Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (BCEIA). The website contains important pastoral, academic, and historical resources of the work of the Secretariat and the Committee. BCEIA has an expansive mandate to foster relationships with our sisters and brothers in Christ, as well as other people of faith from the various major religious traditions. The results of BCEIA dialogues and conversations are available on the SEIA webpages. They will inform you of the important progress of our work over the past fifty years, as well as provide resources for various types of dialogue that you can use in your parish and family. | MORE

Welcome from the Executive Director

Dialogue: What we do

"Dialogue is our method, not as a shrewd strategy but out of fidelity to the One who never wearies of visiting the marketplace, even at the eleventh hour, to propose his offer of love (Mt 20:1-16). The path ahead, then, is dialogue among yourselves, dialogue in your presbyterates, dialogue with lay persons, dialogue with families, dialogue with society. I cannot ever tire of encouraging you to dialogue fearlessly."
- Pope Francis, Address to the U.S. Bishops, September 23, 2015

"I cannot ever tire of encouraging you to dialogue fearlessly." - Pope Francis

“Dialogue” first entered the Church’s vocabulary as the method of approaching the modern world Pope Saint Paul VI promoted. This illustrates the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, which produced Unitatis Redintegratio and Nostra Aetate, the foundational documents that guide the Church’s relations with other Christian bodies and religious communities. Thus, the Church committed itself irrevocably to building fruitful relationships with others: fostering bonds of friendship, mutual understanding, and constructive collaboration.

The bishops of the United States established the Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (BCEIA) as part of this endeavor. It sponsors a number of dialogues with other Christian communities and members of other religions in the United States or North America. In most cases, these dialogues parallel those that the Holy See sponsors at the universal level.

Each dialogue has its own scope, method, and aim. We invite you to use this website as a resource in exploring the complexities of the Church’s dialogues in the United States. Here, you will find pastoral, academic, and historical resources to help all grow in understanding and appreciation.



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