ROME (Nov. 8)
Replying to critics of the declarations on Jews promulgated by Pope Paul VI, Augustin Cardinal Bea today analyzed that new document and proved that the absolution of the Jews from collective guilt for the killing of Jesus is supported by the New Testament.
Cardinal Bea’s defense of the declaration appeared in the latest issue of Civilta Cattolica, organ of the Jesuit Order. In his article, he rejected the claims of some Catholic prelates who still insist that the Jews were guilty of deicide. Cardinal Bea is president of the Secretariat for the Promotion of Christian Unity and the principal proponent of the declaration on relations with the Jewish religion.
(Thirty-one high-ranking Catholic clergymen who are participating in the Ecumenical Council at the Vatican concluded a four-day visit to Israel today on the invitation of Archbishop Georges Hakim, of Nazareth. Among the prelates are John Cardinal Heenan, archbishop of Westminster, England, and William Cardinal Conway, archbishop of the ancient lrish See of Armagh.)