Dr. Eugene Borowitz in Dialogue Marking 40th anniversary of Nostra Aetate at the Pope John Paull II Cultural Center March 13, Washington, DC

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz will be the keynote speaker in a Catholic-Jewish dialogue marking the 40th anniversary of Nostra Aetate at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. on In addition to Dr. Borowitz, this conference will also feature Rabbi Reuven Firestone and HUC-JIR alumni Rabbi Michael Morgan and Rabbi Leon Klenicki. The program will take place on March 13 at 7 pm at 3900 Harewood Road, NY, Washington, DC. 

Distinguished Religious Leaders Open a New Chapter in Catholic-Jewish Dialogue 

WASHINGTON - Two internationally prominent religious leaders will open a Catholic-Jewish dialogue on March 13 to commemorate the 40th anniversary ofNostra aetate, the document of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) that defined the relation of the Catholic Church to non-Christian religions. 

Cardinal Walter Kasper and Rabbi Eugene Borowitz will discuss God and Revelation: Theological Dimensions of Catholic-Jewish Dialogue

"This is an important event for future directions in interfaith theological dialogue as well as for commemorating Nostra aetate," said Father Richard Schenk, OP, director of the Intercultural Forum for the Study of Faith and Culture at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, one of the event's sponsors. 

The lectures will take place at 7 p.m. at the Pryzbyla Center, The Catholic University of America. 

Other sponsors of the event include the Interfaith Theological Forum, and the Bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

"By condemning anti-Semitism, Nostra aetate clarified and deepened the Church's own identity and her relationship to Judaism. By affirming the most positive dimensions of non-Christian religions, the Council sought to usher in an age of interreligious cooperation. Our dialogue continues today to build on these changed relationships," Father Schenk said. 

The purpose of the colloquium is to investigate possibilities for shared theological conversation. 

"As head of the Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews, Cardinal Kasper has promoted interreligious dialogue as essential both to the self-understanding of Christianity and to the promotion of world peace," Father Schenk said. 

"Rabbi Borowitz, a leading authority on the religious identity of Judaism in the contemporary age, has shown how the Jewish community can work together with the cultures and religions of our times to further mutual understanding and to advance the quest for justice and peace." 

Musical selections will precede and follow the discussion. The American Jewish Committee is sponsoring a reception at 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

Cardinal Kasper, the Vatican's highest ranking official for ecumenical concerns, has spoken and published widely on Jewish-Christian relations. Before assuming his present duties in the papal curia, Cardinal Kasper served as bishop in Southern Germany and as professor of the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Tuebingen. He has also taught at The Catholic University of America. 

Dr. Borowitz is the Sigmund L. Falk Distinguished Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is a renowned Jewish writer and religious tinker, and is widely considered the dean of American Jewish philosophers. Dr. Borowitz has taught at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, and at City University of New York, as well as at Woodstock, the Jesuit School of Theology. He is the author of some 13 books, including Renewing the Covenant: A Theology for the Postmodern Jew. He is also the founding editor of Sh'ma, a journal of contemporary Jewish thought. 

The Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Culture fosters scholarship and academic communication in the areas of theology and society and hosts symposia, consultations, lecture series, and other academic events. 

The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center brings the wisdom and faith experience of the Catholic Church, as developed through centuries of ecclesial life and thought guided by the Holy Spirit and as articulated by the Church's teaching office, especially the popes, to the human search for meaning and purpose in life, righteousness, justice and peace in the world of the 21st century with its varied religious, ethnic, and cultural communities. 

For more information, please contact: 202-635-5440 or see www.jp2cc.org.


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