This is what a co-worker is trying to tell me. He attends a Scripture/Faith study at his parish, and they’ve been learning about Sr. Rose Thering. She was a Dominican nun who fought against anti-Semitism and was instrumental in getting the following phrases added to the Vatican II document “Nostra Aetate”:
"…what happened in his passion cannot be charged against all the Jews, without distinction, then alive, nor against the Jews of today,” and “The Jews should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God.”
My co-worker claims that these statements changed Church teachings or (in the words of Wikipedia, which echoes his view) “reversed church policy” regarding the Jewish people. Here’s the Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Thering
Those phrases in “Nostra Aetate” sound like a clarification to me (and a paving of the way to better Christian-Jewish relations), and although I’m sure there has been anti-Jewish sentiment by some in the Church over the centuries, I don’t recall ever reading that “Nostra Aetate” changed Church policy in this regard; however, I can’t really find anything that directly refutes this.
Can anyone shed some light on this? I believe that the phrase “reversed church policy” in the Wikipedia article needs to be challenged.
Thanks very much!
P.S. On a related note, Sr. Thering also viewed “The Passion of the Christ” as anti-Semitic. Here’s one of her comments (also noted in the Wikipedia article) about the movie: “The whole thing was made as if the Jews killed Jesus, and Pilate came off a saint.”