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Keeler on Catholic-Jewish relations

As he steps down as moderator of Jewish affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal William Keeler has some advice for his successor: Keep your ears open.

"I saw this most recently on a conference call that we had with Jewish and Catholic leaders on the document "Covenant and Mission," he tells The Baltimore Jewish Times. The statement by the bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs initially characterized interfaith exchange with Jews as an opportunity to proselytize the Jews.

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"We agreed that we would change the two sentences from that which were a concern" Keeler tells the Jewish Times. "Put that into historical context and I just have to say that the relationships are superb and that we are making progress all the time."

Keeler says he told Pope Benedict XVI that Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York was "the ideal person" to succeed him. He also discusses his appreciation of his faith's Jewish roots:

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