AJC Sees American Prelates ‘disappointed’ over Weakened Schema

Some leaders of the Catholic Church hierarchy in this country are seriously “disappointed” over the text in the draft schema dealing with the “deicide” charges against the Jewish people, to be presented to the next session of the Ecumenical Council at the Vatican, a high spokesman for the American Jewish Committee declared here today.

Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum, national director of the interreligious affairs department of the American Jewish Committee, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency:

“We are informed reliably that there is a specific reference to the role of the Jews in the crucifixion in the draft schema. But we are informed that the formulation is weak and indecisive, when contrasted with the language contained in the version introduced at the second session of the Ecumenical Council. Catholic prelates have expressed to us their serious disappointment over this text, and have indicated their determination to restore the decree to its more decisive form, in which the concept of the collective guilt of the Jews for the crucifixion will be rectified.”

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