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Vatican Council Expected to Vote on Jewish Issue Early Next Month

Informed sources here said today that the amended text of the declaration on Catholic relations with non-Christian religions, which includes the much-discussed draft on Jews, may be distributed the week of October 4 to the prelates at the Ecumenical Council, and put to a vote a few days later.

The amendments to the draft were those proposed by the prelates when they overwhelmingly endorsed the draft, rejecting any Jewish responsibility for the crucifixion of Jesus, last November 21 at the third session of the Council. Between the third and fourth sessions, proposals were made to drop the word “from the text, but assurances were given that the essential meaning of the draft would not be changed before the final vote.