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Anti-semitism in U.S. Discussed at California Inter-religious Parley

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“Anti-Semitism is still very much alive both in its rabid variety, not only in Europe and South America, but even in the United States in its polite or genteel forms, as we practice it in our own country,” Father Edward H. Flannery of Rhode Island, told the annual Inter-religious Institute at the Loyola University here today.

Speaking before hundreds of key religious and lay leaders from all parts of Southern California, he described anti-Semitism as “the chief stumbling block in the path toward better Jewish-Christian relations and to the progress of Jewish-Christian dialogue.” He called upon Catholic teachers, preachers and journalists to combat religious prejudice. Joining in the call was Dr. Franklin Littell, president of Iowa Wesleyan College.

Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum of the American Jewish Committee called for both grass roots involvement in the ecumenical movement in this country and the establishment of an international center to study Jewish-Christian relations. “Unless the ecumenical movement becomes part of the grass roots community and does not remain the sole concern of the elite professional leadership of the three faith communities, a situation will develop with a number of ecumenical generals and an infantry dragging behind,” he said.

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