Official Statements and Documents - Jewish Relations


Papal statements:

Ecclesia In Europa, Post-Synodal Exhortation of Pope John Paul II, June 28, 2003.  See esp. paragraphs 55 - 56 on “In dialogue with other religions” from Section II: Bearing witness in unity and dialogue.

Collection of Papal Statements: A helpful, though now dated, collection can be found in Spiritual Pilgrimage: Texts of Jews and Judaism 1979 – 1995, compiled by the Anti-Defamation League, edited by Eugene J. Fisher and Leon Klenicki, Crossroad, New York, 1995.

See also The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College for a more complete collection of recent papal statements.

Documents of Vatican II and the Roman Curia:

Vatican II Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions  (Nostra Aetate), #4, (1965).

Vatican II Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium), # 16, (1964).

Vatican II Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes), #22, (1965)

Guidelines and Suggestions for Implementing the Conciliar Declaration Nostra Aetate, #4 (1974) – Issued by the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews (Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity)

Notes on the Correct Way to Present the Jews and Judaism in Preaching and Catechesis in the Catholic Church (1985) – Issued by the CCRJ

We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah (1998) – Issued by the CRRJ

The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible (2001) – Issued by the Pontifical Biblical Commission

Documents and statements of the American Bishops:

Guidelines for Catholic-Jewish Relations (1967) – Prepared by the Secretariat for Catholic-Jewish Relations and issued by the Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (BCEIA), NCCB.  Updated and revised, 1985

Within Context: Guidelines for the Catechetical Presentation of Jews and Judaism in the New Testament (1986) – Issued jointly by the Secretariat for Catholic-Jewish Relations, NCCB, Adult Education Department, USCC, Interfaith Affairs Department, ADL.  Updated 1993.

Criteria for the Evaluation of Dramatizations of the Passion (1988) – Issued by the BCEIA, NCCB

God’s Mercy Endures Forever: Guidelines on the Presentation of Jews and Judaism in Catholic Preaching (1988) – Issued by the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy (BCL), NCCB

Catholic Teaching on the Shoah: Implementing the Holy See’s We Remember (2001) – Issued by the BCEIA, NCCB

Collection: Catholics Remember the Holocaust contains the text of the Vatican statement We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah and the statements of other national bishops’ conferences, with an introduction and commentaries – Issued by the BCEIA, NCCB.

Additional Resources: Other statements by the Bishops’ Committee on Liturgy on Celebrating the Seder, on the Good Friday Reproaches, and on the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust are available.