Dialogika

Christian Conversion of Jews?

 

In the aftermath of the Shoah and a renewed Christian appreciation of the Jewish people's covenantal life with God, the question has arisen if Christians ought to continue long-standing efforts to try to persuade Jews to accept baptism into the Christian community. In the Catholic community this question has arisen with particular intensity since the August 2002 publication of an American dialogue document called Reflections on Covenant and Mission and the February 2008 promulgation of a revised Tridentine Rite Good Friday prayer for Jews.

 

Title Date Author
Communiqué from the Secretariat of State on the Tridentine Good Friday Prayer April, 2008 Written by Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone
Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct June, 2011 Written by World Council of Churches, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, World Evangelical Alliance
Covenant and Witness May, 2011 Written by Hebraic Heritage Christian Center
Jewish Week: "Conversion Diversion" November, 2002 Written by Eric J. Greenberg
The Times of the Gentiles March, 2011 Written by Pope Benedict XVI
Church should not pursue conversion of Jews, pope says March, 2011 Written by John L. Allen, Jr.
Absp Koch: Tridentine prayer not a call to mission to Jews July, 2010 Written by Patricia Biel, Le Temps
Jewish outreach: No time to 'stand still' July, 2010 Written by Adam Miller, Baptist Press News
Catholics pray for 'Jews' conversion' April, 2010 Written by Lisa Palmieri-Billig
Should Jews proselytize? Should anyone? March, 2010 Written by Brad Hirschfield
Reflections on the August 2008 "Berlin Declaration on the Uniqueness of Christ and Jewish Evangelism in Europe Today" of the Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance March, 2010 Written by Executive Board, International Council of Christians and Jews
Statement on Jewish-Christian Dialogue June, 1996 Written by New York Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic Bishops
Resolution on Jewish Evangelism June, 1996 Written by Southern Baptist Convention
Letter from IJCIC to Pope Benedict XVI on His Visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome January, 2010 Written by Internation Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations
Thoughts on Jews and Judaism (interview excerpts) October, 2002 Written by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Reply from Cardinal George to Various Letters October, 2009 Written by Cardinal Francis George
Letter of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion to Several American Bishops September, 2009 Written by Sisters of Our Lady of Sion
Jewish Interfaith Leaders Respond to Bishops' Letter of Oct. 2 October, 2009 Written by National Jewish Interfaith Leadership
Statement of Principles for Catholic-Jewish Dialogue October, 2009 Written by Francis Cardinal George, et al.
US Bishops' Reply to Jewish Letter of Concern October, 2009 Written by Francis Cardinal George, et al.
Bishops Clarify Statement on Dialogue with Jewish Community October, 2009 Written by USCCB Office of Media Relations
Op-Ed: "A Precarious Moment in Catholic-Jewish relations" September, 2009 Written by ADL: Abraham H. Foxman
"A Counter-Revolution in Jewish-Catholic Ties" August, 2009 Written by J.J. Goldberg
"Vatican stays out of Catholic 'mission' conflict" August, 2009 Written by AP: Matthew Wagner
National Jewish Interfaith Leadership Letter on USCCB "Note on Ambiguities" August, 2009 Written by National Jewish Interfaith Leadership
Response to Statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Covenant, Mission, and Dialogue July, 2009 Written by David Berger and Fabian Schonfeld
"Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Examines Note on Covenant and Mission" July, 2009 Written by USCCB Office of Media Relations
NCR: "New Rows Deepen Old Ruts in Catholic-Jewish Relations" June, 2009 Written by John L. Allen, Jr.
ADL Troubled by U.S. Bishops' Statement that Appears to Green Light Missionizing of Jews June, 2009 Written by Anti-Defamation League
"Revised Catholic Statement on Conversion Worries Jews" June, 2009 Written by RNS: Kevin Eckstrom
"USCCB Clarifies Key Points From Reflections On Covenant And Mission Statement (2002)" June, 2009 Written by USCCB Office of Media Relations
"A Note on Ambiguities Contained in 'Reflections on Covenant and Mission'" June, 2009 Written by Committee on Doctrine and Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, USCCB
Statement of the Jewish Members of the Discussion Group "Jews and Christians" June, 2009 Written by Jewish Members of the "Jews and Christians" Discussion Group of the Central Committee of German Catholics
Address to Pope Benedict XVI May, 2009 Written by Yona Metzger
Joint Statement October, 2004 Written by Vatican-Israeli Rabbinate Bilateral Commission
"An Open Message to the Pope" May, 2009 Written by Shear Yashuv Cohen
"The Church's Confession of Christ in the Christian-Jewish dialogue" April, 2009 Written by Gerhard Ludwig Mueller
Preface to the 2nd Edition of "No to Mission to the Jews - Yes to Dialogue between Jews and Christians" May, 2009 Written by Hanspeter Heinz
"The Church's Commitment to Christ and the Christian-Jewish Dialogue" May, 2009 Written by Chairman of the German Bishops Conference
The Gospel and the Jewish People - An Evangelical Statement March, 2008 Written by World Evangelical Alliance
Catholic Church Sticks to its Position on Mission to the Jews April, 2009 Written by Gernot Facius
"The Berlin Declaration on the Uniqueness of Christ and Jewish Evangelism in Europe Today" August, 2008 Written by Theological Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance
"No to Mission to the Jews — Yes to Dialogue Between Jews and Christians" March, 2009 Written by Discussion Group "Jews and Christians," Central Committee of German Catholics
"Christians and Jews: Starting Over—Why the Real Dialogue Has Just Begun" January, 2003 Written by Luke Timothy Johnson
"Reflections on Covenant and Mission" July, 2005 Written by Edward Idris Cardinal Cassidy
"The Relationship of the Old and the New Covenant as One of the Central Issues in Jewish-Christian Dialogue" December, 2004 Written by Walter Cardinal Kasper
"To the Editors" Correspondence between Avery Cardinal Dulles and Luke Timothy Johnson February, 2003 Written by Avery Cardinal Dulles and Luke Timothy Johnson
"Theology's 'Sacred Obligation': A Reply to Cardinal Dulles" October, 2002 Written by Mary C. Boys, Philip A. Cunningham, and John T. Pawlikowski
"Covenant and Mission" October, 2002 Written by Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.
"All Israel Will Be Saved" October, 2002 Written by Francis Martin
Reflections on Covenant and Mission August, 2002 Written by BCEIA-NCS Consultation
"The Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews: A Crucial Endeavour of the Catholic Church" November, 2002 Written by Walter Kasper
"Study Outline on the Mission and Witness of the Church" March, 1977 Written by Tommaso Federici
"Judaism's Way to Salvation" March, 2008 Written by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn
"Striving for Mutual Respect in Modes of Prayer" April, 2008 Written by Walter Cardinal Kasper
Letter from the Secretary of State of the Holy See to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel May, 2008 Written by Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone