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Press Release: Renewed Need for Catholic Re-Education on “Nostra Aetate” with Youth Spotlighted by Anti-Semitic Soccer Match in Miami

PJTN Leader Laurie Cardoza Moore Calls for Re-Education of a New Generation to Follow the Lead of the Roman Catholic Church in Condemning Antisemitism in Recognizing the Values of “Nostra Aetate”

Renewed National Spotlight on Rise of “New Antisemitism” Arises in the Wake of Miami Student Conflicts on the Soccer Field

(Nashville, Tennessee) February 22, 2023 – Last week’s incident in the Miami-Dade school district of on-field anti-Semitic slurs causing violence to break out between Catholic and Jewish high school soccer teams has brought a national pro-Israel Christian organization into the mix. The mid-game skirmish between Scheck-Hillel Community School and Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School, made national news after a fight reportedly erupted over slurs of “Hitler was right,” and “dirty Jews” made during the face-off between the Catholic and Jewish teams.

Laurie Cardoza Moore, Founder and President of Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN) is this week calling upon Archbishop Thomas Wenski, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Miami, to host a special screening of her organization’s films on “Nostra Aetate,” for Catholic students under his jurisdiction.

Noted Cardoza Moore in making her request: “In the wake of Catholic youth being exposed to a virulent new generation of antisemitism in America, I am calling on Catholics both nationally and globally to follow on a program of education of young people of the faith to renew their commitment to the lead of the Roman Catholic Church’s unprecedented rejection of antisemitism, this as we rapidly approach the 60th anniversary of ‘Nostra Aetate.’”

The declaration of “Nostra Aetate,” the formal document of the Catholic Church that decries hatred, persecutions and displays of antisemitism against the Jewish people was signed by Pope John Paul VI following its adaption in 1965.

“The remarkable story of the declaration of “Nostra Aetate” is today known by far too few young Catholics, Protestants, Jews and other people of conscience,” noted Cardoza Moore in her communication to the Archbishop. “In ‘Nostra Aetate,’ the Catholic Church formally acknowledged that Jews are not responsible for the death of Jesus, it cited the elimination of the deocide narrative, and recognized that the eternal Jewish covenant with God and their rights to their ancient homeland, Israel, has not been broken. It further states that Christianity sprang from Jewish roots and is inextricably intertwined with Judaism.”

The founder in 2005 of PJTN, Laurie Cardoza Moore also serves as a Special Envoy to the UN for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches (WCICC) and a deacon of WCICC. She has had the opportunity to meet in Rome with Cardinal Koch, President of the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, and Gary Krupp, President and Founder of the Pave the Way Foundation, in discussion of Jewish-Catholic unity.

Now well into the 21st century, Holocaust deniers and a new generation of those that hate the Jewish people continue to propagate the lies espoused in the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, a book that has been an enduring threat for Jews globally since its dissemination from Russia over 100 years ago. The false libels contained in and spawned by that book were the foundation of the Nazi extermination of six million Jews and even today are being proliferated openly on the internet to engage a new generation of Jew hatred aimed at young people.

Cardoza-Moore noted in closing: “As we saw last week on a soccer field in Miami-Dade, ignorance continues to breed an age-old hatred to a new generation. These young people are the future leadership of America, and our hope for continued support of Israel as our strongest committed ally and friend. I am calling on the Archdiocese of Miami including Archbishop Thomas Wenski and Cabinet Secretary of Education, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Miami, Jim Riggs, to host an educational forum including the screening of our films for the purpose of bringing healing to Catholic and Jewish relations that will impact and educate our most valuable asset: our children.”

Media Contact: Jackie Monaghan—Sr. Media Advisor
(615) 390-0792

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