Jewish-Christian Relations

Miscommunication

The uproar following Benedict XVI’s decision to lift the excommunication of certain Holocaust-denying bishops seemed predictable to everyone but the pope himself.

Hitler’s Gospel

The greatest obstacle for Christian anti-Semites has always been Christ’s Jewishness. Or so it would have seemed. As Susannah Hesch­el shows in her unsettling...

A Rabbi

This is the fourth of a projected five volumes written by one of the premier Catholic biblical scholars in the United States. Previous volumes tackled other...

Even the Pagans Do That

At a recent meeting at Harvard Divinity School, I had occasion to give a general introduction to comparative theology, my field of study. I stressed the importance...

Irena

When she first moved into our neighborhood in Flushing, New York, in November 1954, with her husband and two young sons, Irena quickly became known as the woman who...

Shoes of the Fisherman

In his four-year pontificate, Benedict XVI has managed several major and costly missteps, particularly in his relationships with Muslims and Jews. Fortunately, he...

A Friend in Hippo

Amid the bleak history of Christian anti-Judaism, one extraordinary exception is Augustine of Hippo (354-430). His arguments on behalf of the Jews, a position that...

Catholics & the Shoah

When François Mauriac wrote the preface to Night, Elie Wiesel’s account of his survival at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, the French Catholic Nobel laureate described...

Trouble Ahead?

By any standard, the almost forty-five years since the Second Vatican Council issued the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (...

Griefs & Anxieties

The catechetical and pastoral challenges facing the pope and bishops are daunting, making it all the more troubling that Rome is preoccupied with insular concerns.

All in the Family

My wife was raised Catholic and converted to Judaism six months before our wedding. Her conversion was not one of convenience or social pressure—she flirted with...

The First Cold Warrior?

After all the scrutiny directed at Pius XII in the past decade, two things might justify another book about his actions during and after the Holocaust: new...
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