Catholics shouldn’t try to convert Jews, says new Vatican document

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Pope Francis touches the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City on May 26, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Andrew Medichini/Pool

Pope Francis touches the stones of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City on May 26, 2014. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Andrew Medichini/Pool

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(RNS) One expert calls it the first time active conversion of Jews was so clearly repudiated in a Vatican document.

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  • Jerrod

    This is an important transition which hopefully will be adopted throughout the Church. Pope Francis is creating a remarkable legacy.

  • Betty Clermont

    This is just a restatement of the 50-yr-old document Nostra Aetate produced during the second Vatican Council and promulgated by every pope since then. If the Vatican states this is “new,” then that only proves that the raison d’etre of this pontificate is to churn out a headline every week about the “great” pope. Meanwhile, Catholics are still drifting away since they aren’t so easily fooled.

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  • Karen

    Go and teach the Gospel all over the world. Jesus said that – if the Pope said not to do it the Pope is dead wrong!

    Jesus said he will return when the Jews are converted – so Jesus wants them converted.

    The Pope is wrong! We are to convert with love and perseverance the entire world to Jesus!

  • Dante

    Good thinking. Let’s harass our Jewish neighbors. And if “love” and “perseverance” don’t work, bring back the Inquisition and Third Reich. They sure turned out well. After all, Jesus wants them converted, Christians have a monopoly on faith, and if they won’t convert then what other choice do Christians have?

    Oh wait, Pope Francis has a better idea….

  • jeff

    You Gotta Be Kidding

  • jeff

    You gotta be kidding me!!

  • JesusWasAJew

    News flash, Jesus fulfilled Jewish prophecy. Jesus was a Jew. Nobody should be converted to Catholism.

  • DTG

    Law of averages. Catholics no longer prosletyze. Militant Islamists prosletyze fervently. Soon no Catholics left, only militant Islamists.

  • Kevin Boyle

    So the Catholic Church declares that Christ made a mistake. The Pharissees were not wrong and do not need to be ‘saved’, nor even corrected.
    Note the following….
    “…..Christ is in hell drowning in boiling excrement….” According to the Talmud (Gittin 57a)

    Catholicism is occupied territory.

  • “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Jesus/Yeshua (John 14:6). This of course applies to all people. For all have sinned. All need forgiveness. Receive Him as Lord and Savior/Messiah, and turn away from sin. Trust in His finished work on the cross to save you, rather than trusting in your own works. Then you will enter God’s rest and know His peace that passes all understanding. God Bless

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  • Be Brave

    Rabbi’s, Pope’s and Priest’s and Republican Dominionists, Leftist Democrat’s, European Secularists and of course no Imam . . . do not overrule Yeshua the Messiah. The Apostles and disciples were commissioned by the Messiah to preach the Gospel and to convert the lost. But, those that refused the Apostles, were to be left alone to the eventual fate that awaits them. And, per Jesus, He was in charge of their fate.

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  • Charlenec

    Agreed agreed agreed!!! This is killing me that the communication has been put out to the Catholic/Christian faith, and to the world, that Catholics do not need to try to convert those of the Jewish faith! Nowhere does it say in the bible that we are to “go out to the world and proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, except those that are Jewish, leave them alone”! That is so wrong on so many different levels. And this is the reason I am a Christian first above my Catholicism because all it takes is for the Pope and the Vatican, which are man made, to make things up and now they become the word of God! I don’t care if you are black/white, Jewish, Hindu, Jehovah Witness, Jesus is the way, truth and life and I am not going to exempt anyone from hearing the word of God when I have the opportunity to share it, this is just nonsense.

  • abralissa

    Thank you stating that. We can’t give up on anyone of any faith. Proclaim the Gospel! Amen!

  • Nancy

    If in Latin, the word perfidious means unbelieving, why not translate this word accurately?

    Salvation comes from The Jews through Jesus The Christ.
    God Is Love. Love exists in relationship,
    “Let Us Make Man in Our Image.” – The Ordered Communion Of Perfect Love, The Blessed Trinity

    http://www.usccb.org/bible/john/1

  • Nancy

    11
    “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.h
    12
    This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.i
    13
    * No one has greater love than this,j to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

    To Love one another as Christ Loves us, it is necessary to desire Salvation for one another.

  • Garson Abuita

    Really? The Talmud called Jesus “Christ”?

    Always beware of people whose citations are ridiculous from the outset.

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