Rev. Dennis McManus on Nostra Aetate

Watch additional video clips of Kim Lawton’s interview with Rev. Dennis McManus of Georgetown University about the relationship of Catholics and Jews after Nostra Aetate.

Rev. McManus tells how, after a visit to Auschwitz, the late Cardinal James Hickey was moved to set up joint Catholic-Jewish projects.

 

Nostra Aetate paved the way for the Catholic Church to enter into dialogue with other religions.

 

What was the pre-Nostra Aetate Catholic “teaching of contempt” about Jews?

 

How did Pope John Paul II’s childhood in Poland help to improve Catholic-Jewish relations after Nostra Aetate?

 

Rev. MacManus says Christians still owe Jews a debt for centuries of anti-Semitism.