Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations

COMING EVENTS
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Announcing a special series to mark the upcoming canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.
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The Popes and the Jewish People

The Story of a Transformed Relationship


WHEN RACISM AND THEOLOGY MIX

THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014 ▪ 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Haub Executive Suite, McShain Hall, 5th floor 

In the late 19th and into the 20th century, the widespread attitude of Catholics and other Christians was that Jews were divinely destined to suffer and be on the margins of society. As this presentation will show, this sentiment contributed to the growing power of racial antisemitism, making the lives of Jews in Europe more precarious. It was in this climate that Pope Pius X stated that "we cannot concede Judaism any further validity." 

Kevin Spicer

GUEST SPEAKER:  Kevin Spicer, C.S.C., Ph.D., a priest in the Congregation of the Holy Cross, is the James J. Kenneally Distinguished Professor of History, Stonehill College, Easton, MA, and the author of Hitler’s Priests: Catholic Clergy and National Socialism and Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler’s Berlin.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; NO REGISTRATION NEEDED.


THE LEGACIES OF SAINT JOHN XXIII AND SAINT JOHN PAUL II

A panel discussion of Pope Francis’ homily at the April 27th canonizations

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014 ▪ 7:00-8:30 PM
Presidents’ Lounge, Campion Hall

  • Philip A. Cunningham, Director, Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations
  • Adam L. Gregerman, Assistant Director, Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations
  • Shawn Krahmer, Chair, Department of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Rocco Palmo, Journalist, Whispers in the Loggia

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; NO REGISTRATION NEEDED.

 

 John XXIII and John Paul II

Also part of the series:

Three interfaith dialogues on papal and other texts across these decades

Facilitated by Dr. Philip A. Cunningham and Dr. Adam L. Gregerman.

 

CAN WE BEGIN TO TALK TO EACH OTHER?

THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014  ▪  7:00 – 8:30 PM
Haub Executive Suite, McShain Hall, 5th floor

Pope John XXIII’s convening of a great church council in the 1960s was an opportunity to start a new relationship between Jews and Catholics. But there were powerful forces at work on all sides that made any conversation difficult.

 

HOW CAN “THE DIALOGUE” CONTINUE WHEN WE STRONGLY DISAGREE? 

THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014  ▪  7:00 – 8:30 PM
Haub Executive Suite, McShain Hall, 5th floor

Although rapprochement with Jews was a personal priority for Pope John Paul II in the 1980s-1990s, a series of controversies threatened to cancel early steps toward a new interreligious relationship.

 

CAN WE LEARN FROM OUR DIFFERENCES?

THURSDAY, APRIL, April 24, 2014  ▪  7:00 – 8:30 PM
Presidents’ Lounge, Campion Hall   

Despite periodic missteps, Catholic-Jewish interactions became widespread. Pope Benedict XVI broke new ground on key theological questions about the “new relationship,” even while his eventual successor, Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis), was experiencing that new relationship with the Jewish community in his native Argentina.

 

Registration for the dialogue series is now closed.

Please contact Dr. Cunningham (pcunning@sju.edu) with any questions.