Vatican Official: Jews "Emotional" on Prayer
Interesting story via Reuters about the Vatican's latest reaction to Jewish groups' objections to the Good Friday prayer. The prayer, recited during Good Friday services of Holy Week in the traditional Latin Mass, called for the conversion of the Jews. The Vatican revised the prayer in February and last week sought to assure Jews that it sustains "the bonds of esteem, dialogue, love, solidarity and collaboration between Catholics and Jews.
The latest development is an article written by Cardinal Walter Kasper, in charge of relations with Jews, in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. In it, according to Reuters, he wrote that, "The reactions from Jews are in large part not motivated in a rational way, but in an emotional way. But one should not write them off too quickly as being caused by hypersensitivity."
He added: "One must always be mindful that dialogue between Jews and Christians will remain, by its nature, always difficult and fragile and that it demands a great amount of sensitivity from both sides."
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