With all who knew Father Edward H. Flannery and all who are concerned about relations between the Catholic and Jewish faith communities, I mourn his death. He was an early and effective pioneer in encouraging Catholics in the United States on how best to implement Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council's charter for fostering positive Catholic-Jewish relationships. Early on, I was deeply moved by the history he recounted and analyzed in his book, The Anguish of the Jews. He came willingly into local dioceses, bringing both information and inspiration to many of us in different parts of the United States. May he rest in God's peace.
Cardinal William H. Keeler
Episcopal Moderator for Catholic-Jewish Relations
National Conference of Catholic Bishops