The Vatican and Israel: A Change in Relations?
John’s boralogue details the spreading series of troubling incidents of violent anti-semitism in Europe.
Then, with a speculation circus surrounding the upcoming papal elections in Rome, traditionally an historic waste of time, one critical issue surrounding this election is the relationship between Israel and the Vatican, as well as between Catholics and Jews in general. Are we in for an improvement or deterioration of same? Dr. Eugene Fischer, Ph.D., is a professor of Catholic-Jewish studies at St. Leo’s College and formerly Associate Director of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs.
Recently the Canadian Supreme Court handed down an important ruling, which will have long-ranging effect on the tension between hate speech laws and free speech in that country. André Schutten is an attorney with the Association for Reformed Political Action (www.humanrightscommissions.ca) in Canada.