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As you can see from the video links, our speakers were key players in the effort to define the new relationship between Roman Catholicism and Judaism. We added a third element, namely the presence of several million American Muslims seeking to join Jews and Catholics at the table of American interreligious dialogue.
Could such a picture emerge, a decade after 9/11 and the convulsions in the Arab and Muslim worlds? Did the paths that Roman Catholics and Jews travelled to reach an "insider" status, a role historically seen and held by the American Protestant denominations who understood only a "Protestant America," be the path that Islam might travel to join in helping to shape the often difficult task of providing the ethical and moral direction of the American future and an American expression of Islam?
That possibility also reveals the existence of a "new religious America," with the presence of religious communities whose numbers were historically too small to appear on America's religious radar screen.
That is no longer the case and the needs, wishes, and potential contributions of these groups to our American religious future also need consideration.
We Jews and Roman Catholics have travelled a very long way since October 1965 and
the promulgation of Nostra Aetate, the Catholic Church's great document of introspection
on its historic relationship to Judaism and other non-
But there is still a long way to go.
All the best for meaningful and enjoyable Passover and Easter celebrations.
Abraham J. Peck
Executive Director/ Adjunct Professor
Center for Catholic-
Saint Leo University