Jewish Faith, Circumcision, and Religious Freedom

Geroge Roberts Writes at MOJ: In a previous post, I stressed the importance of standing up for the religious freedom of people of every faith, not just those who share our own convictions.  In view of a recent development in Germany, I here wish to say that Christians, especially those of us who are Catholics, should be particularly outspoken in defending the rights of Jews and the Jewish people.  It is not simply the memory of past crimes committed by Christians, including leaders of the Church, against Jews—crimes sometimes committed in the very name of Christian faith.  It is the fact that we are taught by our Church, and so we believe, that the Jews are the chosen people of God, bound to him in an unbroken and unbreakable covenant.  Moreover, for Christians, Jews are, in the words of Blessed Pope John Paul II, our “elder brothers in faith.”  From a Christian point of view, the Jewish witness in the world has profound and indispensable spiritual meaning.

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