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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NOVEMBER 4, 1990 PAGE 13 dTwentyfiveeJ years ago, I was a stu- educational and spiritual value. At the Jll"ent at the Hebrew Union College same time, it warned that it is wrong rOI[ Seaainary in Cincinnati. My fellow stu- :~[1 dents and I shared concerns, even an- Rabbi Leon Klenlcid Ill~I , gUlsh, over papers to write, Talmudic questions posed by teachers and other i[[~~hr~i Why couldn't I remember other teachers such as the Catholic philosopher who introduced me to the novels of Elie Wiesel? Or 0w re The the teacher who #llction of their faith commitment. L ]l Catholic Church was debating its very introduced me to [[ r01e and existence in the 20th century, the thought of W ll facing contemporary problems as well Jacques Maritain, tlac{[ questions of the past. It was during a great French P .[I Vatican II that the "Church began an Catholic philoso- "to baptize the Seder by ending it with New Testament readings about the Last Supper or, worse, turning it into a pro- logue to the Eucharist." One of the rec- ommended prayers reads: "For the vic- tims of the Holocaust, their families and all our Jewish brothers and sisters,,that the violence and hatred they experi- enced may never again be repeated, we pray to the Lord." Tremendous changes have occurred in the past quarter-century. Yet tremen- dous challenges face us in the coming 25 years. The challenge for the Church is to continue to implement these offi- a alysis of the Catholic,/Jewish rela- pher? Why could cial documents, recommendations and : '11 ti0nship that considered two millennia I recall only the condemnations of anti-Semitism so that [] fJewish pain and of Christian spiritual evil rather than they reach Catholics in every walk of ai .I arrogance. It signaled the beginning of the Catholic in- life. tlant[lanew moment in history, fluences for good in my spiritual life? Twenty-five years ago, Vatican II da r[I At lunchtime in Cincinnati, the stu- Could it be that we Jews have becomebishops and cardinals from all over the [I nts and professors would discuss the habituated to focusing on painful world also issued a document on Juda- ,t0t ents in Rome. Opinions were divided, memories? ism and Catholic-Jewish relations. Nostra- 'utr| [ , lere were those who did not believe The last 25 years have marked an in- Aetate No. 4 (Our Time), directed to credible change, a remarkable growth in Catholics, is also a challenge for Jews. o,,I d It be that we Jews spiritual richness in the relationship be- It faces us with a response: To under- have become habituated to tween Catholics and Jews. Who would stand Christianity. focusing on painful memo- have thought in Cincinnati, or in faraway Should we continue to focus on the Buenos Aires, that the Catholic Church images of the past, memories of events i i| II'[LaS would publish such a document as The that we never experienced in our own I ~| I~ Church and Racism- Toward a More Fra- " generation? Can we deny Christian re- tat there would be any change, that ternal society, stating that anti-Zionism pentance and signs of friendship? Or ,li3|thlicism would never ~:eckon with "serves at times as a screen for anti- can we finally acknowledge Christianity 0itt or aco the eternal actuality of Semitism, feeding on it and leading to as a legitimate faith commitment that ii;i'God/Israel covenant. Others were it," or that American bishops would is- has brought millions of people to God, /I /l mewhat more optimistic. While ac- sue a document titled God's Mercy En- and as a partner in hope? ' ] [ . Wledgin= that there would be dures Forever - Guidelines on the Presenta- As we reflect on the 25th anniversary /I, lges, they were not sure that they tion of Jews and Judaism in Catholicof Nostra Aerate, let us recognize our ' [ I " 0Uld be implemented in Catholic life Preaching, directing preachers to take roles together and let us welcome the : henefit the Catholic/Jewish relation- care that their explanations of New Tes- next 25 years as a challenge for Chris- l1 hip. tament texts do not open themselves to tians and Jews togethers. ,[1, I'low did I feel, a student from over- anti-Jewish interpretations. -.L- ' ][. nelmingly Catholic Argentina? I was God's Mercy... was truly a remarkable / l, decisive. Bad memories came unwdl- extension of Vatican II. It recommended II to my mind of Catholic right-wing that, during Holy Week and the Easter ..... [ I aChers in high school who were quiteul en i . .. season, Catholics attend a Passover Seder, "Debt," from page 1 A Vatican official, meanwhile, warned that the dollar's falling rate of exchange and the recent decline of world finan- cial markets was clouding the budget picture for 1990. The Vatican had operating expenses of $142.5 million in 1989 - slightly higher than in recent years and slightly more than anticipated in a 1989 esti- mate. Income totaled $87.8 million, also higher than estimated, leaving the $54.7 million deficit - far less than the pro- jected shortfall of $78.2 million. It was $11 million more than 1988, but less than the record $63.8 million deficit posted in 1987. Most of the 1989 deficit was macte up by the worldwide Peter's Pence collec- tion, a papal discretionary fund that has been applied to, Vatican spending in recent years. In 1989, Peter's Pence totaled $48.4 million - down nearly $5 million from the previous year. The remainder of the 1989 operating shortfall - $6.3 million - came from the Vatican City State, which has a budget figured separately from the Holy See. The city state, which includes the Vatican Museums, Post Office and technical offices, had a $12.4 million surplus in 1989, the statement said. Let [ :, I tl/i C tho, Dl, tory ili:[ "ff[ about your i! E.xtra copies of this handy formalweax, ii resource book are available ";I personal.llt.Thafswhyweinststna Goorg0 Vakoubian.u., for $1.25 each. Please send to: Directory . tl I . Call or visit for your free catalog. 10 i I1327 Arcade Ddv~. ~ Rock. AR 72212. 5011225-5959 little RocJk, ~ 7ZZ 1 7 i ( 2 blocks west of Parker Cadillac )