February 26th, 2009

Charlotte Knobloch warns against Church anti-Semitism

Berlin – The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany , Charlotte Knobloch, has warned against anti-Jewish tendencies in the Christian Churches . She told the Welt Online newspaper that recent events demonstrated "how deeply rooted anti-Semitic sentiments are, especially in fundamentalist factions of the Catholic Church". "The matter-of-factness with which Jews are called, privately or openly, "murderers of Jesus" in an enlightened society is distressing," she said. Knobloch called on church leaders to clearly distance themselves from anti-Semitic groups in the Churches during the "Week of Fraternity". She stressed that it was not enough just to condemn anti-Semitism and that it was the moral duty of the Churches to actively combat anti-Semitism within their own ranks. The President of the Central Council also said that the historically compromised Christian mission to the Jews should have no place in modern society. On Sunday, Charlotte Knobloch and the Federal President, Horst Köhler, will take part in the opening ceremony of the "Week of Fraternity" at the Schauspielhaus theatre in Hamburg . (26.02.2009)