WASHINGTON — U.S. Roman Catholic bishops Monday threw their support behind American Jews who have been seeking a meeting with Pope John Paul II to discuss the Vatican decision to grant Austrian President Kurt Waldheim an audience.
In a statement issued in Washington, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops said such a meeting would be appropriate because of the controversy caused by the Vatican action.
"I see the wisdom of considering further dialogue at some appropriate level with a representative international Jewish agency," said conference President John May, the archbishop of St. Louis. "How this may be done is beyond my particular competence to determine."
May's statement was the first official U.S. Catholic response to the Vatican announcement that John Paul had agreed to meet with Waldheim on Thursday.