CNA Staff, Nov 10, 2020 / 04:05 am
An English Catholic archbishop said Tuesday that the late Rabbi Jonathan Lord Sacks helped to advance Catholic-Jewish relations in harmony with St. John Paul II and Pope Francis.
Archbishop Kevin McDonald, chairman of the English and Welsh bishops' Committee for Catholic-Jewish Relations, hailed the U.K.'s former chief rabbi as a wise, prophetic, and inclusive leader.
Sacks died Nov. 7 at the age of 72, after being diagnosed with cancer last month. He was buried in small ceremony a day later.
McDonald, the emeritus archbishop of Southwark, told CNA Nov. 10: "I would say that one of the main contributions Jonathan Sacks made to Catholic-Jewish relations was that he understood and appropriated the importance of 'Nostra aetate.' That document, published in 1965, was a defining document for Catholic-Jewish relations and, indeed, for Christian-Jewish relations generally."