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Catholic Church endorses Jewish call for end to anti-Semitism

Posted by SCMO on 23rd February 2015 in Christianity | Bishop John Keenan, anti-semitism, Jewish, community
Catholic Church endorses Jewish call for end to anti-Semitism. The Catholic Church in Scotland has endorsed the all-party statement condemning anti-Semitism and released by the Jewish community today. Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley said; "In 1965, Pope Paul VI in the document Nostra Aetate proclaimed; "in her rejection of every persecution against any man, the Church, mindful of the patrimony she shares with the Jews and moved not by political reasons but by the Gospel's spiritual love, decries hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone.    This unequivocal denunciation of anti-Semitism ushered i...

Cardinal and Rabbi mark Catholic-Jewish link

Posted by SCMO on 16th November 2005 in Christianity |
In a historic ceremony on Tuesday 15 November 2005, the leaders of Scotland's Catholic and Jewish communities came together at the Edinburgh home of Cardinal Keith O'Brien to celebrate 40 years of friendship.  The reception was timed to mark the 40th anniversary of a document produced by the Catholic Church's Second Vatican Council, titled, "Nostra Aetate" (a Declaration On The Relation Of The Church To Non-Christian Religions).  This 1965 document was described by cardinal O'Brien as "truly a ground breaking document." He added, "it recognized the truths within the other religions of the world; it condemned religious discrimination and persecution, and specif...

St. Andrew's Conference

Posted by SCMO on 30th November 2012 in Christianity |
...y.   The Jewish and Muslim communities are also deeply concerned by the rise of aggressive secularism; in particular, its attempts to redefine marriage and impose a new orthodoxy on the culture, the aim of which is to silence traditional believers and force them to depart from the Public Square.  Adding; We need secular allies also, especially civil and political leaders.   Even in these troubled times, there remains an enduring respect and admiration for the Church because of its commitment to serving the poor and its contribution to education, health care and human dignity.   This compassion is the practical and public expression of a Catholicism that i...


Posted by SCMO on 2nd April 2005 in Christianity |
...ions with Jewish families in his native Poland, and at a more private level he was considered by many Jewish people as a personal friend.  He had prepared for that visit many years before, when he became the first reigning Pope to go to the Roman synagogue, there to greet his older brothers in the faith .  Though it is too early to offer a rounded view of such an extraordinary life, I believe the late Holy Father will be particularly remembered as the Pope of human dignity.  Right from the outset of his pontificate the appeal to humanity to be aware of its own dignity was a kind of leitmotif.  That deep-rooted consciousness of the infinite worth of every hu...

Requiem Mass - Diocese of Dunkeld

Posted by SCMO on 8th April 2005 in Christianity |
...with 100 Jewish leaders and called for renewed commitment to stronger dialogue between Jews and Christians.  The Chief Rabbi in Great Britain called the Holy Father s pilgrimage to the Western Wall, that sacred Jewish shrine, as one of the great healing moments of our time.  At the heart of all John Paul II did, was a desire for peace and healing. He worked tirelessly to promote peace, in the Middle East, in Africa, anywhere where conflict tarnished the teaching of Christ and his Gospels.  John Paul II was a great champion of the poor, of the underdog. As he himself said, he was the voice of those who had no power to speak for themselves.  He put great em...


Posted by SCMO on 5th April 2005 in Christianity |
...uding the Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities.  MPs and MSPs from the Glasgow area will also be in attendance, as will civic leaders from local authorities within the Archdiocese.  On Thursday, a solemn Requiem Mass will be offered at St Aloysius Church, Rose Street, Garnethill, Glasgow at 12.30pm to allow city office workers and shoppers to gather in prayer for the late Pope.  Each day this week and next, St Andrew's Cathedral will remain open from 7.30am every morning until 6pm every evening for prayer.  Each parish in the Archdiocese has opened a book of condolences. These will be bound together to form a single book of condolence from the Archdiocese of...
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