“One can not be Christian and anti-Semitic at the same time,” Cardinal Koch affirms.
The “Nostra Aetate” should be “occasion to look to the future” because “the last 50 years the remaining open issues were not all resolved” and “very likely remain always open,” but “many rabbis believe that the time is ripe to deepen some theological issues. ”
The statement comes from Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, speaking at the Pontifical Gregorian University during the International Meeting “Nostra Aetate, the Leaven of Good”, organized on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the conciliar declaration.
A document that, according to Cardinal Koch, “has lost none of its relevance and maintains its orientation towards the dialogue in relations between Jews and Christians.”
Entering specifically on the Jewish theme, the cardinal pointed out that “it can not be considered one of the many non-Christian religions”; the Church “with Judaism has a unique and special relationship” as noted by John Paul II on April 3, 1986 during his visit to Rome’s synagogue.
At a time like ours, marked by waves of anti-Semitism, “one can not be Christian and anti-Semitic at the same time,” concluded Cardinal Koch citing Pope Francis.