Members of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry met online for their 22nd annual “Conversation” last week. Source: Australian Jewish News.
The Catholic delegation was led by Bathurst Bishop Michael McKenna, the chair of the Bishops Commission for Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue, while the Jewish delegation was chaired by Jeremy Jones, former president of the ECAJ, who is the director of international and community affairs at the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council.
Mr Jones told the meeting that this year’s Conversation marked the 55th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the Vatican document that “heralded a dramatically different relationship between Catholics and Jews, which has led to the flourishing of dialogue and cooperation”.
Issues discussed included the transmission of faith, timeless messages which transcend temporal circumstances, what it means to choose life, challenges which are specific to women and men respectively and universal messages from specific teachings.
“For two archbishops, three bishops and other Catholic clerical and academic figures to come together with four rabbis and a diverse group of lay Jewish leaders, in a spirit of goodwill and genuine desire to learn from each other, is something of great value,” Mr Jones said.
Australian Catholics, Jews in conversation (Australian Jewish News)