We compliment The Times for publishing Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler's comprehensive and no-nonsense summary of Catholic-Jewish relations (Editorial Pages, Dec. 19), "Catholic-Jewish Progress Goes On." It is the mirror image of an address delivered, on the previous day, by Archbishop Roger Mahony before a meeting of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.
We have only one criticism of Schindler's article. When he states that "Christianity assigns Judaism only an antecedent role and not a role of full religious equality," he overlooks the expanding effort by Christian theologians since the middle of our century and by the Roman Catholic Church since Vatican II to properly acknowledge Judaism as a living religion sharing with the Church the Hebrew Scriptures as a common heritage.
Pope John Paul II, speaking to the worldwide liaison committee of Jewish and Catholic leaders at the Vatican in October, 1985, expressed the hope that "the study of and reflection on theology will become more and more a part of our exchanges for our mutual benefit." There was no hint of paternalism or triumphalism in his words: "A positive view of each of our religions with due respect for the identity of each will surely emerge as is already the case in so many places."