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  • Is Pope Francis a model for our rabbis?

    6 days ago

    The shift in tone that Pope Francis is bringing to the Catholic Church has serious repercussions for people who follow that religion – and those of other faith systems. As the most prominent religious figure in today’s world, the actions, ideas, and approach of the pontiff...

  • Genealogy shows Cardinal O’Connor’s mother was Jewish

    June 10, 2014 | 10:04 am

    In his 16 years as the Catholic Church’s top official in New York, Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor was a staunch friend and defender of the Jewish people.

    He spoke often about what he had seen at Dachau as a Navy chaplain. He used his platform as head of the Archdiocese of New York...

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Rabbi Marvin Hier meets with Pope Francis

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 25, 2013 | 10:56 am

    In a private audience with Pope Francis on Oct. 24, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), urged the leader of the Catholic Church to confront the evil that exists in the world, even while praying and working for peace.

    “Evil existed during the...

  • Obama welcomes Pope Francis’ remarks on gays, abortion

    October 2, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday welcomed Pope Francis' recent remarks that the Catholic Church must shake off an obsession with teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuals, saying the pontiff was showing incredible humility.

    "I tell you, I have been hugely impressed...

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  • Papabili rabbis and holy envy

    By Mark Paredes

    March 11, 2013 | 1:00 am

    After my first year of law school, I spent half the summer clerking at a law firm in Rome whose office was just a few blocks from the Vatican. I went to St. Peter’s Square every day for lunch, got to touch Pope John Paul II’s hand as he whisked by in his Popemobile during a general...

  • Vatican rejects bishop’s calling Jews ‘enemies of the church’

    January 8, 2013 | 10:02 am

    The Vatican rejected comments by the head of a breakaway traditionalist group calling Jews “enemies of the church” and reiterated that it was committed to dialogue with the Jewish world.

    "It is impossible to speak of the Jews as enemies of the Church," Vatican spokesman the Rev....

  • Why is murder wrong?

    By Dennis Prager

    December 12, 2012 | 11:21 am

    I take it as a given that every reader of this journal believes that murder is wrong. (By murder, I mean the immoral taking of a human life — not killing in defense of self or others; not a just war of defense; and not taking animal life.)

    But I don’t believe that all readers of...

  • SNAP: Catholic sex abuse cover-up continues

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 13, 2012 | 6:03 pm

    I’ve been meaning to mention an ad that the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ran an ad in the New York Times this week. The full-page ad went to great lengths to document the on-going cover-up of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

    The full ad is after the jump,...

  • Growing the fruits of peace in El Salvador

    July 5, 2012 | 4:12 pm

    Don Israel speaks no English, and I speak almost no Spanish. But I understood him well enough to realize that, as I began to plant one of the mango trees that would be placed in his field that day,  he obviously thought I was doing it wrong. Our mutual patience eventually conquered...

  • Trial opens against Catholic official tasked with oversight of pedophile priests

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 27, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The first criminal trial against a Catholic official for his oversight of pedophile priests opened yesterday in Philadelphia. The case against Monsignor William Lynn, who handled priest assignments as the archdiocese’s secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, centers around charges of...

  • Opinion: Our golden calf

    By Dennis Prager

    March 7, 2012 | 6:05 pm

    How would most American Jews react to the following historical assessment by a noted Yiddish scholar, professor Gennady Estraikh of New York University?

    “It is hardly an overstatement to define Yiddish literature of the 1920s as the most pro-Soviet literature in the world.”

    I...

  • President Obama on Ash Wednesday: time to reflect on ‘sacrifice and redemption’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 22, 2012 | 10:01 am

    If you are wondering about that smudge on your co-worker’s forehead, today is Ash Wednesday. Here’s what President Obama had to say about the beginning of Lent:

    Today, Michelle and I honor Ash Wednesday with Christians around the country and across the world. This is at once a...

  • How Jewish groups became involved in the contraception coverage debate

    February 14, 2012 | 2:39 pm

    What were the Jews doing becoming so involved in a debate over contraception?

    It was a question that more than Jewish official asked themselves over recent months as tensions between the Obama administration and leaders of the Catholic Church rose to the boiling point over the issue...

  • PBS docudrama to reveal secret files of Inquisition

    By Tom Tugend

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Some 700 years after the Inquisition was established by the Roman Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II decreed in 1998 that its massive secret archives be opened for scholarly research.

    The announcement piqued the immediate interest of independent, Seattle-based filmmaker David...
  • Day of ‘Reckoning’

    By Michael Berenbaum

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair" by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen. (Knopf, 2002). $25



    After provoking a furious debate over the role of ordinary Germans in the Holocaust with his book, "Hitler's Willing...

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