The German Curial Cardinal Walter Kasper has conceded that the centuries of anti-judaism in the Catholic Church was ther breeding ground for anti-Semitism of the 20th Century. The question: "Is Jesus the Messiah?" was for Jews and Christians the foundation of their identity, Kasper said to the news magazine "Focus", according to a preliminary report. But from this it is not necessary to make a conflict.
"We should recognize the difference in others," said Kasper. It was clear that for a devout Catholic anti-Semitism constitutes a sin.
Kasper said the trip by Pope Benedict XVI to the Holy Land to serves the purpose, inter alia, to improve the living conditions of the Christian Palestinians. "Many young Arabs do not have equal opportunities to be accepted in society, although they have a better education than they used to have," said Kasper. Also, the mass emigration of Arab Christians to Europe or America causes him concern. "We want on our pilgrimages not only to see dead stones," said the cardinal, who is responsible for the dialogue between Jews and Christians is responsible. The Vatican was clearly for a two-state solution in the Holy Land.