A Survey of Jewish Reaction to the Vatican Statement on the Holocaust
In march 1998, the Vatican released a long-awaited statement on the Catholic Church and the Holocaust. In a preface to the document, entitled We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah, Pope John Paul II expressed his hope that it would ‘help to heal the wounds of past misunderstandings and injustices’. Eighteen months after the publication of the document, it seems now possible to conclude that, however sincere the Vatican’s intentions, the pope’s hopes will almost certainly not be realized. Indeed, far from healing, the document has succeeded largely in re-opening, if not actually deepening, old wounds. Not only did it divide the Catholic intellectual and journalistic communities. More importantly, I think, it bewildered and frustrated many Jewish readers and bitterly disappointed others. It also called forth a literary response from Jewish intellectuals and organizations that, while especially vigorous in the immediate wake of the document’s publication, had force and feeling to last more than a year. Since the energy driving these responses appears to have subsided, it seems possible now to undertake a comprehensive survey of Jewish reaction to We Remember and to attempt to account for its intensity and duration.
Main Topic: Holocaust and Memorial Holocaust Commemoration Holocaust Jewish - Christian Relations Restitution and Reparations
Link to article (paywalled), A Survey of Jewish Reaction to the Vatican Statement on the Holocaust
A Survey of Jewish Reaction to the Vatican Statement on the Holocaust. . 2001: 1351-1362. https://archive.jpr.org.uk/10.1007/978-1-349-66019-3_89