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Chilean Primate Says Vatican Must Absolve Jews of Deicide Charge

The Ecumenical Council sitting in the Vatican must adopt a declaration “clearly absolving the Jewish people” of the charge of deicide, Raul Cardinal Silva, Chile’s topmost Catholic primate, declared here today upon his return from Rome.

“The Church, ” he said, “must declare clearly that absolution of the Jewish people from the charge of deicide is not a political matter, with or without reason, many Jews have believed that part of the cause for their persecution and for the painful sufferings of their people is from the disgrace suffered by them due to the charge of deicide. We want to rub out this charge as an act of mercy and love to these people. We must remember that many of Christianity’s leaders were themselves Jews. “