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Catholic-Jewish Relations in Germany in 2008

December 9, 2008

Rev. Dr. Hanspeter Heinz

Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Mandeville Hall, Room 107

The year 2008 has been a difficult one for relations between German Catholics and Jews. The publication by the Vatican of an “extraordinary form” of a Good Friday prayer for Jews disrupted decades of Jewish-Catholic dialogue in Germany. Customary events were boycotted. Contradictory essays were published by German cardinals about the controversy. Prof. Heinz will describe these developments, the role played by the official discussion group “Jews and Catholics,” and look ahead to the future of interreligious relations in Germany.

Hanspeter Heinz, a Catholic priest, is Professor of Pastoral Theology emeritus at the University of Augsburg in Germany. He has served for many years is the chair of the discussion group, “Jews and Catholics,” organized by the Central Committee of German Catholics (Zentralkomitee der deutschen Katholiken). He is also co-editor of a recent book on the work of the discussion group: Coming Together for the Sake of God: Contributions to Jewish-Christian Dialogue from Post-Holocaust Germany .

Religion, Politics, and Moral Decision Making

September 10, 2008

Dr. Thomas Massaro, S.J. and Rabbi Dr. Lance Sussman

Wednesday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m., in the Haub Conference Center in McShain Hall

Rev. Massaro

Rabbi Sussman

In an election year in which “family values” are much discussed and “faith-based” constituencies of all sorts are increasingly vocal, religious leaders and preachers are forced to deal with a fundamental question: what is to be said from the pulpit during an election campaign?  To address this and other relevant issues, the Jewish-Catholic Institute of Saint Joseph’s University is sponsoring a discussion featuring Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Senior Rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, Elkins Park, Pa., and president of the Delaware Valley Association of Reform Rabbis, and Thomas Massaro, S.J., professor of moral theology at Boston College, and the current holder of the MacLean Chair of Theology at Saint Joseph’s. Rabbi Sussman has written extensively on the history of American Judaism and its role in the public life of the U.S., and Fr. Massaro’s many publications touch on Catholic social teaching on war and peace, welfare reform and business ethics.


Israel at 60: ‘Promised Land’ for Jews and Christians

March 5, 2008

Dr. Eugene Fisher and Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 7:30 p.m. in the Haub Conference Center in McShain Hall.

For many, the State of Israel stands at the center of how the Jewish people perceive themselves – both as individuals and as a collective group. Saint Joseph’s University’s Jewish-Catholic Institute will host an interfaith dialogue to explore Jewish identity with the Biblical promised land. The evening’s speakers are Rabbi Eugene Korn, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding at Sacred Heart University, and Eugene J. Fisher, Ph.D., associate director emeritus of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in charge of Catholic-Jewish relations.

The idea for the programming came from the Israeli Consulate General’s Office in Philadelphia, who contacted Donald Clifford, S.J., director of the Jewish-Catholic Institute, to suggest cooperating in a program that would commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. “The issues raised by this interreligious dialogue take on special resonance this year, which is the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel,” said Fr. Clifford. “Both of our speakers possess a unique understanding of the common spiritual heritage between Christianity and Judaism. The discussion will focus on how the existence of the State of Israel and the return of the Jewish people to their homeland can be viewed as a strengthening of Christian sacred history and the Jewish covenant on which the Christian faith rests.

Dr. Fisher


Dr. Fisher is considered the dean of Catholic scholars now active in the field of Jewish-Christian relations. In 1981, Pope John Paul II appointed him consultor to the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. He has represented the Holy See at numerous international conferences over the last 30 years.


Eugene Korn

Rabbi Korn has written widely on Israel, Jewish thought and interfaith relations. Most recently, he is the author of The Jewish Connection to Israel, the Promised Land – A Brief Introduction for Christians. He was previously director of Interfaith Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Congress.



Traveling Together Down an Unfamiliar Road: Catholic-Jewish Relations in the United States Today

October 14, 2007

Dr. Philip A. Cunningham

Dr. Cunningham is the Executive Director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Learning at Boston College.

Ancient Manuscripts, Modern Discoveries, and the Quest for Religious Truth

March 5, 2007

Dr. Lawrence Schiffman

Dr. Schiffman is the Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University.

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How God is One: Recent Research on God in the Biblical World and Its Implications for Jewish-Christian Relations

October 13, 2006

Dr. Mark Smith

Dr. Smith is Professor of Hebrew Bible at New York University.

The Meaning of ‘Israel’ for Jews and Christians

March 20, 2006

Rev. Msgr. Joseph Devlin, J.c.d.

Msgr. Devlin is Professor of Theology at LaSalle University.

Forty Years after Nostra Aetate

March 12, 2005

Rabbi A. James Rudin

Rabbi Rudin is Senior Interreligious Advisor for the American Jewish Committee.

Religion in a Time of Crisis: Obstacle or Solution?

October 22, 2004

Dr. Sanaullah Kimani, Rabbi David Straus, Dr. Leonard Swidler

  • Dr. Kimani is an adjunct professor in history and peace studies at Goucher College.
  • Rabbi Straus is Senior Rabbi at Main Line Reform Temple – Beth Elohim.
  • Dr. Swidler is Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University.

Mission, Covenant, and Religious Pluralism

March 18, 2004

Rev. Dr. John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M.

Fr. Pawlikowski is Professor of Social Ethics and Director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.