Honoured: Cardinal Edward Clancy, pictured with (left) Sr Marianne Dacy, the
Christians and Jews talking to one another is a step in the right direction, even if some Jewish people are still “hurdles”, said Henry Mendelson, president of
the NSW Council for Christians and Jews.
Mr Mendelson was speaking at the recent annual general meeting of the council at which Cardinal Clancy and the retired Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Harry Goodhew
were honoured for their work in fostering relations between the Christian and Jewish communities in New South Wales.
He spoke of Cardinal Clancy’s “vision and empathy” as being a major factor in “moving on”
from the shaky relations of the past.
“The way forward is probably one which still has many problems to overcome but we are talking with one another and that has to represent an important step in the right
direction,” said the outgoing president.
“On the other hand, we still have huge hurdles on the road to understanding the other, particularly in some segments of the Jewish community, and I hope that some of
these may be scaled in the not too distant future.”
He added that the double tribute demonstrated the progress that has been made in the last two to three years.
Speaking for NSW Catholics, the
Catholic Institute’s Fr Joseph Sobb said: “Cardinal Clancy’s many contributions to the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Jewish community will have a long lasting impact.”
The Catholic and
Anglican archdioceses are sponsoring bodies of the NSW Council for Christians and Jews.