Archbishop Dolan to Lead US Bishops on Jewish Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C., OCT. 23, 2009 ( Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, appointed Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York to be Moderator of Jewish Affairs for the episcopal conference.

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The archbishop succeeds Cardinal William Keeler, retired archbishop of Baltimore, in that role. The appointment, effective Nov. 11, is for five years.

Cardinal George, who is also the archbishop of Chicago, issued a statement to announce the appointment, noting the New York Archdiocese’s «long history of cooperation and friendship between Catholics and Jews.»

«Since the Second Vatican Council, important strides in this relationship have been made through dialogue and collaboration in countering racism, anti-Semitism and other offenses against human dignity,» he said. «Our episcopal conference […] has sought to contribute to the work of reconciliation between the Church and the Jewish people after centuries of mutual estrangement.

«While we look back with gratitude on nearly a half century of progress in these efforts at healing and renewal, we also know that important and pressing challenges lie ahead for us.»

On Nov. 11, Archbishop Dolan will participate, along with Cardinal Keeler, at the semi-annual consultation between the U.S. bishops and the National Council of Synagogues.

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