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Belgian Catholic Prelate Urges Jews to Identify ‘harmful’ Texts

Leo Joseph Cardinal Suenens, Archbishop of Mechelin-Brussels, urged Jews today to make clearly known what they feel is inappropriate or harmful in the Christian presentation of Judaism. The prelate made the statement in a meeting with Philip E. Hoffman, chairman of the board of governors of the American Jewish Committee, who is currently visiting Europe to study developments in Jewish-Christian relations. Cardinal Suenens said that dialogue was essential to overcome misunderstandings between Catholics and Jews.

Earlier, Mr. Hoffman visited the Catholic University of Louvaine, where a major research program is underway to determine those Roman Catholic texts and religious materials which may promote anti-Jewish prejudices. Cardinal Suenens expressed the hope that similar investigations could be undertaken in other lands.