When Anna Katsnelson, a Soviet refugee, came to the States with her Jewish family in 1989, her immigrant parents heard wild tales about unhygienic yeshivas and public schools rife with sex, drugs and HIV. The solution? Send the girl to Catholic school instead.
A lengthy Catholic document, published in Latin after extensive theological debate, didn’t seem likely to overcome centuries of animosity with Jews. But despite some bumps in the road, Vatican II still looks like a game-changer — even 50 years later.
A half-century ago this year, the Catholic Church issued a landmark document that decried anti-Semitism and asserted that Jews could not be blamed for killing Jesus. The effect: Long-fraught relations between Catholics and Jews were dramatically improved.
Judith Hannan fretted that her husband’s Irish culture might take over the hearts of their children. The twins found room for both when it came to their bar and bat mitzvahs.
Growing up among Catholic friends in Maryland, Jennifer Gilmore wanted to be part of that community. But even after receiving communion, she still felt like an outsider.
Cardinal Edward Egan, who served as the archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009, has died at age 82.
A new Italian film that attempts to defend wartime Pope Pius XII against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust has been panned by the Vatican as well as Catholic and Jewish media.
Mario Cuomo managed to appeal to both Orthodox and secular Jews. He was a natural liberal but learned as a teenage ‘shabbos goy’ about the vulnerability of being observant.
How did a ‘100% Catholic’ family from Connecticut wind up frying up latkes after opening the presents under the tree every Christmas morning?
Australia canceled the visa of a British Catholic bishop who has denied that 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust.