Tuesday, July 31, 2007


The designation Hebrew Catholic may seem incongruous. But not to David Moss, president of the Association of Hebrew Catholics.

Moss recently moved the organization�s U.S. headquarters here and plans a number of upcoming programs to better explain its message.

"Hebrew is the ethnicity. Our religious observance is Catholic," Moss said.

"There are tens of thousands of Jews in the Catholic Church. ... (The association was formed because) it is time once again for the Jews who entered the Church to come together and live out their eternal calling, their vocation to give collective witness to the truths that God has revealed � first in the Old Covenant, written in the Old Testament, and then the truth of the New Covenant, the New Testament."

The Association of Hebrew Catholics was begun in 1979 in Israel by two Hebrew Catholics � Father Elias Friedman, a Discalced Carmelite friar, and Andrew Scholl, a Holocaust survivor.

"That was the very year I entered the Church," said Moss, who was raised in Conservative Judaism.

Moss, 65, and his wife, Kathleen, 62, recently moved the U.S. headquarters of the Association of Hebrew Catholics to the Central West End. "God brought us here, with the blessing of Archbishop (Raymond) Burke."

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