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Jewish Documents and News Releases

Consultation with the National Council of Synagogues

Documents and Reports

Peace and Friendship, December 2014 

Joint Statement on Building Peace and Understanding, 2014
Concern over religious violence

Reflections on Covenant and Mission, August 12, 2002
Joint USCCB-NCS document exploring Covenant and Mission in Jewish- Catholic contexts

Filled with Sadness, Charged with Hope: A Joint Reflection on the Events of September 11, November, 28, 2001
Condemnation of terrorism and pledge of prayer

Joint Statement on Children and the Environment. November 20, 2000
Concern over environmental health risks to children

Joint Statement Condemning Acts of Religious Hatred, November 20, 2000
Response to attacks on synagogues

Reconciliation And Hope: A Reflection on the Occasion of Pope John Paul II's Historic Pilgrimage to Israel, March 13, 2000
Applauding John Paul II's visit to Yad VaShem and the Western Wall in Jerusalem

To End the Death Penalty, November 9, 1999
Shared understanding of the sanctity of human life precludes use of capital punishment

Reflections on the Millennium, May 5, 1998
Encouraging national reflection on human, economic, and ecological liberation

Joint Statement on Dealing with Holocaust Revisionism, March 14, 1994
All educational institutions and their publications should reject attempts to deny the realities of the Shoah

Joint Statement on Pornography, December 7, 1993
Leaders denounce pornography as a violation of the Creator's gift of sexuality and the dignity of persons

A Lesson of Value: A Joint Statement on Moral Education in the Public Schools, June 19,1990
Schools inherently teach values and must not shirk some responsibility for the moral formation of children

News Releases

Consultation with the Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America

Documents and Reports

Created in the Divine Image: Orthodox Jewish-Catholic Statement on Marriage, September, 2008

Joint Statement on School Choice, October, 2006

News Releases


Documents and Reports

Educating about One Another, November 7, 2013
Blog post by Fr. Crossin about Jewish and Catholic efforts to educate about one another in their leaders' formation programs

Reflections on Seminary Education, October 2013
Presentation given by Fr. John Crossin regarding CARA study about seminary curriculum regarding ecumenism/ interreligious dialogue

Letter from Chairman of Bishop's Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Affirms Friendship with Jewish Dialogue Partners, January 15, 2013
Bishop Madden writes to USCCB dialogue partners following offensive comments from a Bishop of the St. Pius X Society regarding the Jewish people

Reply Letter to Rabbis Concerning the Note on Ambiguities, October 2, 2009
Bishops respond to letter from dialogue partners regarding the June "Note on Ambiguities"

Statement of Catholic Principles for Catholic-Jewish Dialogue, October 2, 2009
The six points about Catholic-Jewish Dialogue mentioned in the Bishops' letter to rabbis concerning the Note on Ambiguities

A Note on Ambiguities Contained in "Reflections on Covenant and Mission", June 18, 2009
Doctrinal clarifications about the 2002 document

Catholic Teaching on the Shoah: Implementing the Holy See’s “We Remember”, February, 2001
A guide for Catholic school teachers on teaching the Shoah

God’s Mercy Endures Forever: Guidelines on the Presentation of Jews and Judaism in Catholic Preaching, September, 1988
Guide from the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy

Criteria for the Evaluation of Dramatizations of the Passion,1988
Bishops' committee guide on catechetical principles and practical application of Nostra Aetate regarding depictions of the Passion

Guidelines for Catholic-Jewish Relations,1985
General principles and recommended programs

Statement on Catholic-Jewish Relations,1975
USCCB statement included in pastoral letter

Guidelines for Catholic-Jewish Relations, March, 1967
Bishops' Committee document reflecting on Nostra Aetate

News Releases