ADL Commends Polish Episcopate for Declaring Anti-Semitism a Sin

New York, NY, October 28, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended the Polish Episcopate for declaring, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, that anti-Semitism is a sin and for stressing the importance to the church of Catholic-Jewish dialogue.

The Polish Episcopate’s pastoral letter asserted that “anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism are sins against the love of thy neighbor” and that, “Christian-Jewish dialogue must never be treated as ‘the religious hobby,’” but “…should increasingly become part of the mainstream of pastoral work.”

Rabbi David Sandmel, ADL Director of Interfaith Affairs, issued the following statement:

As we celebrate 50 years of progress in Catholic-Jewish relations since the Vatican II document called Nostra Aetate, it is heartening that the Polish Church saw fit to state unequivocally that anti-Semitism is a sin and that any effort to see Judaism as accursed must be rejected.      

With Anti-Semitism surging in Europe, this statement by the Polish Church could not have been more timely and should be a moral example to leaders, institutions and individuals throughout the European continent.