||From Enemy to Brother: What Changed?
Converts and the Revolution in Catholic Teaching about Jews
March 4, 2013
Over two millennia, Catholics regarded Jews as the Church’s enemies, accursed by God and rightly afflicted for rejecting Christ.
But in the middle of the twentieth century, a small group of Catholic converts with Jewish and Protestant roots orchestrated a theological renovation that profoundly changed interreligious relations and reshaped official Church teaching about Jews.
Focusing on John Connelly’s acclaimed new book, From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933-1965, this forum explores how, amid Nazi persecution and in the aftermath of the Holocaust, Catholics confronted the most problematic aspect of their history and began to speak a new language of cooperation and friendship with Jews.