November 08, 2013
“It behooves us as Christians and Jews to, together, build and
flourish on our shared tradition,” said Sr. Margaret “Peggy”
Murphy, OP, a professor of religious studies at Mount Saint Mary
Sr. Murphy recently delved into “The Effect of the Holocaust on
Jewish-Catholic Relations,” as part of the Mount’s Investigating
Research on Campus (iROC) series.
The professor discussed post World War II developments in
Jewish-Christian relations, as evidenced by key documents. Of great
importance, she says, is the Nostra Aetate, the Declaration on the
Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, stated by Pope
Paul VI during the Second Vatican Council. She also examined the
continuing controversy over the role of Pope Pius XII, and new
theological insights and lines of inquiry that have emerged over
the past several decades as a result of Jewish-Christian
Sr. Murphy quoted Pope John Paul II, who stated that it is
“necessary for us Christians and Jews to …be a blessing to one
“Here at Mount Saint Mary College, we have experienced that
blessing with extraordinary relationships with the local Jewish
community,” Sr. Murphy said, pointing out that the college’s Hudson
Hall had once been the Newburgh Jewish Community Center before it
Through the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education of
Seton Hill University, Sr. Murphy received a scholarship for the
2013 Summer Institute in Israel, Yad Vashem’s International School
for Holocaust Studies, and Hebrew University’s Vidal Sassoon
International Center for the Study of Antisemitism.
Sr. Murphy helps educators with a chapter on a culture of peace
and respect for all religions in the upcoming book, “Adolescence in
the 21st Century: Constants and Challenge.”
The goal of the Mount’s iROC seminar series is to “provide a
forum for Mount faculty, staff, and students to present research
proposals, preliminary data, and completed projects,” explained
Douglas A. Robinson, assistant professor of biology and coordinator
of the program.
The iROC presentations feature various academic fields.
Upcoming is “Small Stakes Risk Aversion and the Endowment
Effect” by B. Erin Fairweather, assistant professor of economics,
on November 21.