Documents and Statements

The following page is filled with most of the principal documents and statements available in English that have helped to chart and mark the direction and discussions of Christian-Jewish understanding and relations since the Second World War. Also included at the bottom of the page is the inclusion of Jewish-Christian-Muslim documents. Happily, Jews and Christians have been communicating with each other with greater frequency and specificity on matters of theology, social action and political concerns. Numerous statements and declarations from local communities of Jews and Christians have also been developed which are not able to be included here.

Background Documents

Balfour Declaration (November 2, 1917); League of Nations Palestine Mandate (July 24, 1922)

The Churchill White Paper (June 1922)

MacDonald White Paper (November 9, 1938)

UN General Assembly Resolution 181--Partition Plan (November 29, 1947)

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December 10, 1948)

Roman Catholic Documents and Statements

Nostra Aetate (October 28, 1965, Vatican II Document)

Gaudium et Spes, Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (December 7, 1965)

Guidelines and Suggestions for Implementing the Conciliar Declaration Nostra Aetate (December 1, 1974)

US Catholic Bishops Statement on Catholic Jewish Relations (November 1975)

Notes on the Correct Way to Present Jews and Judaism in Preaching and Catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church (June 24, 1985)

John Paul II: Allocution in the Great Roman Synagogue (April 13, 1986)

Pope John Paul II: Address to Jewish Community Leaders, Sydney (November 26, 1986)

Criteria for the Evaluation of Dramatizations of the Passion (1988)

NCCB Guidelines on the Presentation of Jews and Judaism in Preaching (1988)

Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops in Poland (January 1991)

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Guidelines for Catholic-Jewish Relations (November 2, 1992)

Fundamental Agreement Between the Holy See and the State of Israel (December 30, 1993)

Statement of the German Catholic Bishops 50th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation (January 23, 1995)

Statement of the Polish Catholic Bishops 50th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation (January 23, 1995)

Statement by the Catholic Bishops in the Netherlands, 'Supported by One Root' (1995)

Statement by Catholic Bishops' Conference, Role of Switzerland During WWII (March 1997)

Declaration of Repentance by the Roman Catholic Bishops of France (September 30, 1997)

We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah (1998 Vatican Statement)

Catholic Bishops of Italy Letter to the Jewish Community of Italy (March 1998)

Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Responds to 1998 'We Remember' document (March 6, 2000)

Pope John Paul II Asks for Forgiveness (March 12, 2000)

Catholic Canadian Bishops: Jubilee: Renewing Common Bonds with the Jewish Community (Oct. 13, 2000)

The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible (2001 PBC Vatican Study)

Statement of Iraqi Patriarchs and Bishops (April 30, 2003)

Reflections on Covenant and Mission by the Consultation of the National Council of Synagogues and the Delegates of Bishops Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (August 12, 2002)

Declaration Responsibility in Today's Pluralistic Society" by the Discussion Group "Jews and Christians" of the Central Committee of German Catholics

Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, Closing Address at ICCJ (July 27, 2005)

Pope Benedict XVI on the Occasion of His Visit to the Synagogue of Colone (August 19, 2005)

Pope Benedict XVI Meets with Chief Rabbi of Rome (January 16, 2006)

Protestant Documents and Statements

Resolution of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, U.S.A. (1979 )

Synod of the Evangelical Church of the Rhineland, Germany Statement (January 12, 1978/1980)

Ecumenical Considerations on Jewish-Christian Dialogue (July 16, 1982)

United Church of Christ Statement on the Relationship with the Jewish Community (June 30, 1987)

Evangelical Lutheran Church to the Jewish Community (April 18, 1994)

Alliance of Baptist Statement on Jewish-Christian Relations (March 4, 1995)

Statement by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (July 16, 1995)

British Columbia Conference of the United Church of Canada (May 4, 1996)

Southern Baptist Convention Resolution on Jewish Evangelism (June 1996)

General Conference of the United Methodist Church (1996, USA)

Task Group of Uniting Church, Australia Recommends Ongoing Jewish-Christian Relations (July 1997)

Council of the President of the Lutheran Church of Australia 'Lutherans and the Jews' (July 1997)

The Evangelical [Protestant] Churches in Austria and the Jews: 'Time to Turn' (October 28, 1998)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Guidelines for Lutheran-Jewish Relations (November 16, 1998)

A Declaration of the Lutheran Church of Bavaria: 'Christians and Jews' (June 1999)

United Church of Canada, 'Bearing Faithful Witness' (1999)

United Methodist Resolution Calls for Yom HaShoah Observance (May 12, 2000)

Evangelical Church, Germany: Christians and Jews: 50 Years After Weissensee Dec. (November 9, 2000)

An Ecumenical Response to Dabru Emet (February 24, 2001)

Consultation of the Lutheran World Federation (September 13, 2001)

Declaration of North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church on Christians and Jews (September 22, 2001)

An American Baptist Response to Dabru Emet (June 2002)

Discussion Document by Swedish Theological Institute in Jerusalem (April 30, 2002)

European Lutheran Commission, A Response to Dabru Emet (May 12, 2003)

Presbyterian Church (USA) Statement Abhorring Violence Against Jews (May 29, 2002)

A Statement on Jewish-Christian Relations From the Alliance of Baptists (April 25, 2003)

European Lutheran Commission on the Church and the Jewish People (May 10, 2003)

'Bearing Faithful Witness,' Statement On United Church – Jewish Relations Today (August 2003)

Office for Mission & Ecumenical Affairs, Protestant Church in Hesse and Nassau (November 4, 2003)

Concerns About 'The Passion of the Christ': Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (January 6, 2004)

Statement by European Lutheran Commission on the Church and the Jewish People (LEKKJ), (May 9, 2004)

Statement from the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (July 20, 2004)

Statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Holocaust Memorial Day (2006)

Orthodox Christian Documents and Statements

The Serbian Orthodox Church Regarding AntiSemitic Posters (March 24, 2005)

Ecumenical (Christian) Documents and Statements

WCC Guidelines on Dialogue with People of Living Faiths and Ideologies (1979)

Statement Hungarian Bishops and Ecumenical Council of Churches in Hungary (November 1994)

Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation in Hamburg: Renunciation of Mission to Jews (1995)

Statement: Lutheran, Anglican & Roman Catholic Bishops on Christian-Jewish Dialogue (June 25, 1996)

A Sacred Obligation, Christian Scholars Group Statement (September 1, 2001)

World Council of Churches: Ecumenical Considerations for Dialogue (2002)

Nine Christian Churches in Canada Letter Against Anti-Semitism (December 8, 2003)

Christian-Jewish Dialogue Group, Montreal (CJDM) Statement on the Use of Terrorism (April 19, 2004)

The Passion of the Christ, Jewish Pain and Christian Responsibility (Sept 2004)

Jewish Documents and Statements

Statement of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (1988)

IJCIC Response to 1998 Vatican Document, We Remember

Rabbinic Committee for Interreligious Dialogue Statement (March 14, 2000)

Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Rabbinical Assembly (March 14, 2000)

Dabru Emet: A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity (September 10, 2000)

Central Conference of American Rabbis Statement (March 14, 2000)

Christian-Jewish Documents and Statements

10 Points of Seelisburg: International Council of Christians and Jews (1947)

Jewish and Orthodox Christian Dialogue (October 29, 1979)

Statement: Synagogue Council of America & USCCB on Moral Education in Public Schools (June 19, 1990)

ICCJ Report, Search for Common Religious Basis, Contributing Towards a Better World (March 1, 1993)

Statement by Synagogue Council of America and USCCB on Pornography (December 7, 1993)

Synagogue Council of America and USCCB Statement on Holocaust Revisionism (March 14, 1994)

Statement by National Council of Synagogues & BCEIA of USCCB on the Millennium (May 5, 1998)

Report by National Council of Synagogues & BCEIA of USCCB on the Death Penalty (December 6, 1999)

Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding Applauds Papal Act of Repentance (March 13, 2000)

International Council of Christians and Jews Statement in Response to Papal Apology (March 15, 2000)

The Vatican and the Holocaust, A Preliminary Report (October 2000)

Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee Recommendation on Education (May 4, 2001)

Filled with Sadness, Charged with Hope: Jewish-Christian Response to September 11, 2001

International Council of Christians and Jews Statement on Middle East Crisis (April 25, 2002)

Statement by the Vatican's PCRRWJ and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel (February 26, 2003)

Statement by the Vatican's PCRRWJ and the chief Rabbinate of Israel (December 2, 2003)

Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations statement on 'Passion of Christ' (January 3, 2004)

Statement by Presidents of Council of Christians and Jews (UK) on Anti-Semitism (January 27, 2004)

Joint Declaration of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee (July 5-8, 2004)

More Christian-Jewish Statements

Jewish-Christian-Muslim Documents and Statements

The Madrid Declaration issued by the World Conference on Dialogue (2008)

Declaration of Religious Leaders on the Holy Land (January 21, 2002)

Jews, Christians and Muslims: The Way of Dialogue (1988)