John Connelly

The Next Pope Could Be Progressive and Transform Relations With Jews

The cardinals who will pick Pope Benedict’s successor are mostly arch-conservatives. But don’t be surprised if the next pope is a progressive who transforms relations with Jews.

50 Years Ago: Vatican II changed the Vatican?s positions on key issues including the church?s teachings on Jews. Many of the intellectual forces behind the reforms were converts from Judaism.

Converts Who Changed the Church

Fifty years ago, Catholic bishops brought the church into modern times and debunked anti-Semitic canards. Many of the theologians behind the switch were converted Jews.