Amsterdam (Jan. 5)
Msgr. Anton Ramselaar, for more than 30 years chairman of the Roman Catholic Council for Christians and Jews in Holland, has died at the age of 81. He was active in promoting better understanding by Catholics of Jews and of Israel. He visited Israel many times.
At Vatican Council II, Ramselaar made great efforts to promote better relations by the Roman Catholic Church toward Jews. He said the church contained “absolute prejudices” against Judaism and Israel. He said that by denying the roots of Christianity in Judaism and Jewish history, Christianity was creating a phantom with no relation to reality.