FRIBOURG, Switzerland (CNS): Switzerland’s Catholic bishops have acknowledged that the Church “failed in its obligations toward the Jewish people” during the Nazi era.
“Too little was done to protect and save the persecuted people,” the Swiss bishops’ conference said in a March 9 statement.
The Swiss Church’s admission of fault came as Pope John Paul II was preparing to deliver a sweeping apology for Church failures in the past millennium.
Switzerland’s bishops, who first asked forgiveness for Christian anti-Semitism in 1997, said they were preparing a document detailing “the failures of our country and our Church with regard to Jewish refugees”.
The document was to be published on April 14, the bishops said.