John Paul II, Lower Manhattan and the Power of Religious Symbolism

Philip A. Cunningham | 28.09.2010

The recent controversy over the proposed construction of an Islamic center and mosque in Lower Manhattan has raised unsettling questions about religious freedom, sensitivity to the victims of Sept. 11, Islamaphobia, political demagoguery and the limits of accommodation by the majority society to minorities. … [more]

The Palestinian "Kairos" Document.

Lowe, Malcolm | 30.06.2010

The self-styled "Kairos Palestine" document was launched in Bethlehem on December 11, 2009 by a panel chaired by the former Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah. It was quickly made available in Arabic and several European languages at the dedicated website … [more]

Israel and Judaism’s future

Hartman, David | 30.04.2010

There were many people, both in Israel and abroad, who believed – and continue to believe – that the fundamental purpose of the State of Israel was to solve the condition of Jewish suffering by providing a national home for Jews. Treating Israel solely as a haven against persecution is, I believe, incomplete and inadequate for understanding the significance and importance of the rebirth of Israel. … [more]

New Testament Aspects of Trinitarian Language

Wengst, Klaus | 28.02.2010

It seems to me that it is time and indispensable to describe the relationship of the Church to Israel in a trinitarian perspective.* And here it is necessary to discover and make conscious the Church's bond with Israel especially and precisely in the specific Christian, the trinitarian way of speaking about God. … [more]

Radical Covenant: Jews, Christians and the Politics of Neo-Liberalism

Gorsky, Jonathan | 31.10.2009

For nearly three decades the culture of Britain’s welfare state has been transformed by an ideology that privileges competitive individualism and the values of the market place. This paper argues that this ideology, often called neo-liberalism, is intrinsically flawed and unable to sustain societal coherence … [more]

The Controversy Surrounding the 2008 Good Friday Prayer in Europe:  The Discussion and its Theological Implications

Henrix, Hans Hermann | 11.09.2009

With courtesy of The Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, United States/Canada … [more]

Judaic Models of Social Transformation

Gorsky, Jonathan | 31.05.2009

Over the last two decades environmental issues have moved from political margins to centre stage. Green politics are no longer confined to minority parties: mainstream politicians as diverse as John McCain in the U.S.A and Angela Merkel in Germany have put environment high on their agendas and in the U.K the main parties compete in acquiring green credentials, even if the gulf between rhetoric and reality – riding bicycles and building new airports – remains quite alarming. … [more]

Pope Benedict XVI on Jews and Judaism: Retreat or Reaffirmation

Pawlikowski, John T. | 30.04.2009

Pope Benedict XVI entered the papacy with some track record with respect to Catholic-Jewish relations. This is especially true in terms of the theological understanding of Christianity"s relationship with Judaism. … [more]

Schismatic Bishops, Holocaust Denial and Christian-Jewish Relations

McDade SJ, John | 31.03.2009

Pope Benedict’s recent decision to lift the excommunication of four illicitly ordained bishops, followers of Marcel Lefebvre, has sparked controversy and anger because one of them, Richard Williamson, seems to belong to that nasty group of people who deny the scale of the Holocaust. … [more]

Risk and Renewal in Christianity

Pawlikowski, John T. | 31.01.2009

Two of the most contested documents at Vatican Council II were the Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitas Humanae) and the Declaration on the Church’s Relationship with Non-Christians (Nostra Aetate). At various moments in the course of the Council it appeared that either or both these documents might be stricken from the agenda. The basic reason for the controversy surrounding these texts is not hard to fathom. … [more]