Catholic and Jewish Leaders Call for an End to Middle East Conflict

December 22, 2003

Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

On December 22, 2003 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reported that delegates of The National Council of Synagogues and The U.S. Catholic Bishops Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs met on December 11, 2003, at St. Marys Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD to discuss their concern for a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They commended The National Interreligious Leadership Delegation of Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders which met in Washington on December 2 to announce its historic initiative urging the greater involvement of the United States in forging a just and secure peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The Catholic co-chair, Cardinal Keeler also announced that in 2004 the BCEIA will publish a collection of official Catholic documents from the Pontifical Biblical Commission, the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, Pope John Paul II, and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops urging "an overriding preoccupation on the part of Catholic preachers and teachers to avoid representations of the life and death of Jesus that might give rise to anti-Jewish sentiments."