Jewish criticism of the present Christian evangelistic campaign in America is causing many Christians to rethink at titudes. toward Judaism, according to a Jewish leader in New York.
For the first time some Churches were recognising Judaism as "a permanent living faith" and the Catholic Church was playing an important role in this development, Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum said.
The new attitude, he said, was the result of "the mustard seed planted by the Second Vatican Council" in its declaration on the relationship of the Catholic Church to non-Christian religions.
In an interview commenting on a new American Jewish Committee report on the campaign, Rabbi Tanenbaum said: "Catholics are making an extremely constructive contribution to turning a conflict situation into one leading to mutual respect."
Vatican ll "faced in a fundamental way its relationship to the Jewish people," he said, "and this is now having a broad impact in local communities" of Catholics and Protestants.
In Jerusalem, the Israeli government has told the leaders of Christian communities that violence against missixtaries will not he condoned.