Christian-jewish Dialogue Does Not Aim at Conversion, Priest Declares

A priest who is assistant director of a study course in Judaism for Catholic parochial school teachers in Chicago has called for “in depth” programs to educate Catholics about Jews and Judaism and “to put the nature of the State of Israel in its proper perspective.”

Father John Pawlikowski, writing in The Reconstructionist in response to recent Jewish criticism of Jewish-Christian dialogue, said that “Christians must root out any idea that the present stage of dialogue aims at conversion.” He noted that the “variegated nature of present day Judaism” will make scholarly dialogue difficult. He said that Christians must become familiar with names like “Baeck, Kaplan, Heschel, Wiesel and Soloveitchik”.

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