New Vatican Document: Catholics Should Not Seek to Convert Jews


VATICANThe Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews released a document on Dec. 10 that emphasizes the Jewish roots of Christian faith, and stresses that God first revealed himself to the Hebrews.

“The Church is therefore obliged to view evangelization to Jews, who believe in the one God, in a different manner from that to people of other religions and world views,” the document says. “In concrete terms this means that the Catholic Church neither conducts nor supports any specific institutional mission work directed towards Jews.”

The Vatican document also says: “A Christian can never be an anti-Semite, especially because of the Jewish roots of Christianity.”

At a press conference introducing the Vatican document, Rabbi David Rosen of the American Jewish Committee expressed satisfaction with the forthright statement that Catholics should not engage in programmatic efforts to convert Jews.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. This is very much appreciated and we are very grateful. However the statement should not be exaggerately sensationalized. I have not read the original document. But we should read carefully the sentences stated. “View evangelization to Jews in a different manner” does not mean that “Catholics are forbidden from evangelizing Jews”, it only states that it should be done “differently”, for example because else it usually backfires, for example because since Pope Roncalli (John 23) there is sensitivity and respect which now is almost taken for granted (even though it should never be taken for granted), for example because this statement is from the Committee for Relations with the Jews, which obviously needs some diplomatic wording to even exist….. Also, and more disturbingly, the second part rules out institutionalized missionary work targeting Jews, like the sort of thing the evangelic protestants do, but does not object to proceed with brainwashing and “conversion” of the weak and unlearned people who get targeted, after having been exposed to those theory and having befriended some catholic individual, perhaps at a difficult moment in their lives. I look forward to the day our Catholic friends will state that all misguided Yidden should follow the path of their ancestors.