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2013 Annual Seminar for Seminary and Religious Studies Faculty
The Overlooked Revolution: The Shift in Catholic Teaching
on the Jews Since Vatican II
Designed for professors of all disciplines but particularly seminary and religious studies faculty, this seminar will explore the shift in Catholic thought on the Jews since 1965 resulting from the promulgation of the Vatican II declaration Nostra Aetate ("In Our Age"). The statement about Jews in Nostra Aetate reversed and refuted ideas that went back to the Church’s earliest days and grew out of deep theological reflection occasioned by witnessing the Holocaust. While the best-known images from Vatican II emphasize the deliberations of bishops, the actual intellectual impetus for the revolution came from the margins of the Church, specifically a small group of converts to Catholicism, many of them from Judaism. How did they succeed in making themselves heard in an institution that, to many, had seemed impervious to change? This seminar will examine the primary influences—historical, theological, and biographical—on this revolution in Catholic teaching.