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Fifty Years of Catholic-Jewish Relations: The Gains and the Challenges


November 5, 2015
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
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Kehillah Hall, Hillel at Stanford

Lecture by John Pawlikowski, OSM (Catholic Theological Union). Sponsored by Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, the Stanford Humanities Center, and Hillel at Stanford. Free and open to the public.

The fifty years since the passage of Vatican II statement on interreligious relations, Nostra Aetate, the church’s perception of its relationship with Judaism and the Jewish People has undergone a radical transformation. Christianity has come to recognize that its links with the Jewish tradition are indispensable for its own self-understanding. While not all points of tensions have been removed the relationship is now viewed through a fundamentally positive lens exactly opposite to the fundamentally negative lens that prevailed for centuries. The gains of the last half century will be highlighted and the remaining challenges will be put on the table.

John T. Pawlikowski is Professor of Social Ethics and Director of Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union