Spring Dialogue Series: The Popes and the Jewish People

The Story of a Transformed Relationship

A special series to mark the upcoming canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

 

Three interfaith dialogues on papal and other texts across the 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.