Two very small but I think extremely important meetings have occurred recently, the first in England in the summer of 2010 and the second in December of 2011. The meeting was between Lord Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and Pope Benedict XVI. While they are the chief representatives of different faiths, the two men have a tremendous amount in common. Lord Sacks said that, “Soul touched soul across the boundaries of faith and there was a blessed moment of meeting”.
These two men are very conscious of the weakening state of religious values throughout Europe and both have warned individually and now warned together the need for Europe to regain its religious soul based on faith. The Chief Rabbi told those listening to him, “Christians need to come to grips with what it means to be a creative minority.” The Rabbi stated, “If there is one thing Jews know how to be, it is a creative minority. So my proposal is that Jews and Catholics should seek to be creative minorities together. A duet is more powerful than a solo.”
Because leaders on both sides are aware of the religious threat confronting the modern age, this meeting is being used to initiate a range of activities to capitalize on the importance of this meeting of two like-minded men of God.