23 January, 2023
We are deeply honoured to welcome Professor Philip Cunningham, Professor at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and the Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at Saint Joseph’s University, PA, USA, to deliver a special Holocaust Memorial Lecture on the topic Development in Catholic Teaching about and Relations with Jews since World War II.
Here are the details of this fascinating session.
Topic: Developments in Catholic Teaching about and Relations with Jews since World War II
Abstract: After the horrifying events of the Shoah, the Catholic and many other Christian communities felt morally compelled to ask whether centuries of Christian religious hostility to Jews and their marginalization in medieval Christendom helped make possible their genocide under the Third Reich. This program will consider how difficult it was for theologians to grapple with the “blood curse” tradition that had permeated Christian thought for over a millennium. However, once they began to reject that notion, unprecedented theological possibilities for a positive relationship between Christians and Jews became apparent. Using Vatican texts in particular, the presentation will trace the incremental theological developments and key benchmarks in a process that led to the formulation that Christians and Jews are co-covenanting companions.
Speaker: Professor Philip A. Cunningham is Professor of Theology (specializing in Christian-Jewish Relations) and director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, USA. He has served as president of the International Council of Christians and Jews and is the webmaster of the Internet resource Dialogika of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations. His latest book, just published by Paulist Press is Maxims for Mutuality: Principles for Catholic Theology, Education, and Preaching about Jews and Judaism.
Chair: Professor Adam Gregerman, Associate Professor at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and Associate Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at Saint Joseph’s University, PA, USA.
Time: 18:00-19:00 GMT| 19:00-20:00 CET | 10:00-11:00 PST | 13:00-14:00 EST
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