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Anti-semitism Must Never Find Place in Catholic Religion, Archbishop Cooke Declares

May 1, 1968
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Archbishop Terence J. Cooke, of New York, said here today that “we Roman Catholics are more than ever convinced that anti-Semitism should never find a basis in the Catholic religion and must never find a place in any Catholic’s life.” The Archbishop spoke at a luncheon tendered him by the American Jewish Committee. It was his first appearance at a public event arranged in his honor by a Jewish group since his investiture.

Archbishop Cooke noted that “the pursuit of justice in civil rights and the resolution of our serious urban problems” are areas in which the cooperation of Jews and Roman Catholics “can bear rich fruit.” He paid tribute to the American Jewish Committee as an organization that “has always given distinguished service to the cause of all brotherhood and has worked earnestly to promote the welfare of all God’s children on earth.”

Judge Joseph M. Proskauer, honorary president of the AJC, presented Archbishop Cooke with a silver-covered Bible. He referred to the Jewish declaration adopted at the second Vatican Council as “the Magna Carta of human fraternity.”

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