Belgian Bishops’ Unit Adopts Program to Strengthen Jewish Relations, Fight Bigotry

A sub-commission on Christian-Jewish relations, established by the Conference of Belgian Bishops, informed the Belgian Jewish community today that it had adopted a sweeping action program to strengthen Catholic-Jewish relations and combat anti-Semitism. The chairman of the sub-commission is Prime Minister Gaston Eyskens. He presided last week at sessions of the sub-commission at which its program was ratified. Members of the sub-commission met today at the headquarters of the Central Jewish Consistory of Belgium, the central representative organization of Belgian Jewry, with Jewish community leaders to inform them of the program the Catholic group had adopted.

The spokesman for the delegation announced that the sub-commission would seek to coordinate initiatives in Belgium on Christian-Jewish relations; would serve as representative body in a position to intervene against all manifestations of anti-Semitism from the pulpit, in teaching, in the press, radio and television, and would seek to promote relations between Christians and Jews by giving Christians objective information about Judaism and teaching respect of that religion. The delegation also voiced the assurances that it would refrain from any form of proselytism of Jews. Spokesmen for the Consistory expressed gratification over the Catholic action and expressed readiness to work with the sub-commission provided that the collaboration would not be placed within the framework of Christian ecumenism.

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