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Upcoming events 2013-2014
September: Rabbi Ron Kronish and Kadi Iyad Zahalka - The Other Peace Process : CLICK HERE for more information.
November: Prof. Kevin Spicer. C.S.C. 75th Commemoration of the November 9-10 anti-Jewish pogrom in Nazi Germany known as “Kristallnacht : “
When Nazism swept Germany, how did religious leaders respond to attacks not only on their fellow citizens and their government but on their faith as well? Despite charges of complacency, most of the Catholic clergy of the Berlin diocese in fact maintained a quiet resistance to the Nazi regime by offering their parishioners an alternative to National Socialism. In thus broadening the definition of resistance, Kevin Spicer shows why Nazism was so powerfully alluring in the first place. It provided—indeed demanded—a total way of life, encompassing rituals and social belonging, personal identity and charismatic leadership, moral values and a sense of purpose. In a word, it was a religion.
Spicer juxtaposes Catholicism and Nazism to provide a clear, balanced understanding of the challenges the clergy faced simply by celebrating the sacraments and teaching the faithful. By following individual priests in their day-to-day ministries, he documents how effectively they guarded their flock from a predatory ideology. Along the way, he highlights the leadership of Bishop Konrad von Preysing of Berlin, who enabled the diocesan clergy to speak out against Nazi violations of Catholic doctrine and practice, and Monsignor Bernhard Lichtenberg, who was sentenced to prison for publicly praying for Jews and other victims of Nazi oppression.
Yet the clergy's opposition to Nazism did not, for the most part, inspire them to act on behalf of the oppressed. Spicer explores the reasons why one group—the so-called "Brown Priests"—even chose to support National Socialism and what that choice meant for the Church.
November: Professor John Pawlikowski, O.S.M. and Rabbi A. James Rudin: “A Sea Change?: What Nostra Aetate Has Meant for Catholics and Jews”
January: Professor Mary Christine Athans BVM,”In Quest of the Jewish Mary” Jesus, as is well known, was born and raised as a Jew in first-century Palestine. A great deal of theological study has focused on the Jewish cultural and religious context of his life and ministry. It is only natural that this attention should lead us to a new approach to his mother, Mary of Nazareth. To some extent, this quest for the Jewish Mary involves excavating beneath centuries of devotional reflection and artistic depictions that have presented a mythologized Mary, detached from history and from her specific Jewish identity.
In this book, Mary Christine Athans draws on the latest historical research, the fruits of post-Vatican II Jewish-Christian dialogue, the insights of feminist theology, and contemporary spiritual reflection to rediscover the Jewish Mary a woman of enormous courage, strength, and prayer. In restoring Mary to her own time and place, she helps us rediscover Mary.
March 2014 Latino-Jewish Interreligious Dialogue
2013 Eternal Light Dinner - TBA
Ist Annual Rabbi A. James Rudin Lecture- TBA