We’ve all been misunderstood at some point in our lives. And there have been times when we wish we could have expressed ourselves more clearly. And, surely, there have been times when we’ve been flat-out wrong. Precious are those few opportunities to clarify or correct ourselves. Certainly we’ve all regretted missing such an opportunity.
Turns out the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is no different.
In June of this year the USCCB issued a document titled “A Note on Ambiguities Contained in ‘Reflections on Covenant and Mission.'” If you missed it, you can be forgiven; in its humility, the USCCB released its rare corrective document with little fanfare. The message was received loud and clear, however, by those to whom it pertained.
In 2002 the USCCB released “Reflections on Covenant and Mission,” a document on Catholic-Jewish relations prepared by advisors to the bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Religious Affairs and the National Council of Synagogues. “Reflections” grew out of the Catholic-Jewish dialogues at the time and has colored the ongoing dialogues ever since.
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