Mount lecture examines Christian-Jewish relations

November 05, 2016


Rabbi Eugene Korn speaks at his recent Mount Saint Mary College presentation. 


Rabbi Eugene Korn, academic director of The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel, presented “From Enemies to Allies: How Nostra Aetate Changed Christian-Jewish Relations” on Thursday, November 3 at Mount Saint Mary College.

At the Second Vatican Council 51 years ago, a “Copernican revolution” in Catholic theology occurred with the passage of Nostra Aetate, a document clarifying the relationship between Catholics and their “older brothers.”

Rabbi Korn revealed how the change took place, the Jewish reactions to Nostra Aetate, the current state of Catholic-Jewish affairs, and the new challenges facing both the Church and the Jewish people in their evolving relationship.

Currently living in Jerusalem with his wife, Lila, Rabbi Korn has published more than 30 scholarly essays on Jewish ethics and law, Jewish-Christian relations, and Jewish attitudes toward non-Jewish culture. His articles, reviews of theological works, and op-ed essays have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, The Jerusalem Post, America Magazine, Religion News Service, The Jewish Week, and more.

The lecture was sponsored by the Mount’s Catholic Dominican Institute (CDI). CDI promotes the Mount’s heritage of St. Dominic; advances the Dominican charism of study and service; provides a forum for discussion of contemporary ethical issues; and enhances Catholic and Jewish dialogue. The Institute welcomes persons of varied faiths and acknowledges different religious traditions as essential to the college’s intellectual and spiritual life.



Rabbi Eugene Korn (left) and Charles Zola, philosophy and religion chair and director of the college’s Catholic and Dominican Institute.