Fears Allayed Over Latin Mass
Fears that the Vatican was set to reintroduce a controversial prayer including calls for Jews to convert appeared to be allayed yesterday after the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England assured the Jewish community that the contentious part would be omitted.
Pope Benedict XVI was rumoured to have backed the reintroduction of the Latin Mass which was outlawed by the Second Vatican Council in 1965 in an effort to develop stronger relations with the Jewish community.
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David Geffen, Chief Executive of the Council for Christians and Jews, told TJ that Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor personally assured him that the prayer will not include any references to Jews if it is reintroduced.
Geffen said: “Even if it goes ahead it should not contain those bits because of the Second Vatican Council. I have every confidence that what he said is true.”
A Vatican spokesperson said a final decision on the content had not yet been made.
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