Catholic Church

When The Catholic Church Embraced ‘Abraham’s Stock’

As the interfaith community marks 50 years of the Vatican document that revolutionized Catholic-Jewish relations, unresolved issues remain.

Staff Writer

Fifty years ago, for the Catholic faithful from New York to New Zealand, Jews, according to Church teaching, were seen as Christ killers. Back in the 1960s, Judaism was a religion that had been overtaken, supplanted. A half-century ago, for the Church hierarchy in the Vatican, the scrappy little nation in the Middle East, not yet 20 years old, that sat on land holy to the three major religions, was not even worthy of diplomatic relations.

Pope John XXIII, who helped save Jews during the Holocaust, provided the impetus for Vatican document. Wikimedia Commons

Fallen Halos And The Perils Of Silence

I came across an upsetting story last week, the latest in a series of stories on an upsetting topic. Some respected community leaders were accused of molesting children. Their superiors failed to act on the accusations or go to the police. They feared the financial or public relations consequences. They did not limit the accused pedophile’s access to children. Trust us, the superiors cautioned.

I’ve read such stories far too often in recent years in connection with the Orthodox community, both the Modern Orthodox and so-called black hat sections.


Susan Sarandon Calls Pope A Nazi


Susan Sarandon is under fire after referring to the German-born Pope Benedict XVI as a Nazi.

The actress made the comment during an interview Saturday with actor Bob Balaban at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Sarandon was discussing her 1995 Oscar-winning film "Dead Man Walking," based on an anti-death penalty book by Sister Helen Prejean, when she mentioned that she had sent a copy of the book to the pope.

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