In a meeting with the Chief Rabbis of “Israel” at “Heichal Shlomo” (meaning “Solomon’s Temple”) on May 12, 2009 Benedict XVI, inter alia, sang high praises for the joint Vatican – Chief Rabbinate commission which on March 20, 2007 issued a document which fraudulently claimed a biblical basis for the talmudic “Noahide Laws.”
A great source of satisfaction for me since the beginning of my pontificate has been the fruit yielded by the ongoing dialogue between the Delegation of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s Delegation for Relations with the Catholic Church. I wish to thank the members of both delegations for their dedication and hard work in implementing this initiative, so earnestly desired by my esteemed predecessor Pope John Paul II, as he said during the Great Jubilee Year of 2000.
Our encounter today is a most fitting occasion to give thanks to the Almighty for the many blessings which have accompanied the dialogue conducted by the Bilateral Commission, and to look forward with expectation to its future sessions …
As the Declaration Nostra Aetate makes clear, the Church continues to value the spiritual patrimony common to Christians and Jews and desires an ever deeper mutual understanding and respect through biblical and theological studies as well as fraternal dialogues. May the seven Bilateral Commission meetings which have already taken place between the Holy See and the Chief Rabbinate stand as evidence! I am thus grateful for your reciprocal assurance that the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Chief Rabbinate will continue to grow in respect and understanding in the future … (Benedict XVI address to Chief Rabbinate of “Israel” at Heichal Shlomo, Jerusalem, May 12, 2009)