Jewish-Christian Relations

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...

Benedict, German Catholics & the Holocaust

Justus George Lawler  John Connelly’s previous contributions to Commonweal—particularly his balanced assessment of Fear, Jan T. Gross’s book on the Kielce...

Praying for the Jews

John T. Pawlikowski  On February 5, the Vatican published Pope Benedict XVI’s updated Tridentine-rite Good Friday prayer for the Jews. “Let us also pray for...

Reformer & Racialist

Recently, a friend sent a color postcard from Poland, showing Pope Benedict XVI waving to a crowd and proclaiming: “The church looks upon the past with serenity,...

The Beginning of the Beginning

One of the most embarrassing experiences of my life occurred at a colloquium in London organized by the Sisters of Sion. This Catholic order was set up to promote...

Le Bulldozer

What is the fate-“grace,” some would say-that brings a fourteen-year-old named Aaron, grandson of a Polish rabbi and the son of humble French...

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Every week for the past five years, there have been news stories of U.S. soldiers being killed in Iraq or Afghanistan; stories of Israeli Jews either attacking...
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Book Reviews

Medieval Christianity

April 20, 2015 | 2 comments

Herzl's Vision

February 9, 2015 | 0 comments

At Home in Exile

February 9, 2015 | 1 comment

'Til Faith Do Us Part

December 18, 2014 | 7 comments

Christ Actually

October 30, 2014 | 1 comment

Through a Glass Darkly

September 16, 2013 | 1 comment