His Eminence, Kurt Cardinal Koch, president of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews will be speaking this Sunday at Seton Hall University at 3:00- 5:00PM McNulty Amphitheater – Science Building.
The topic of his address is “Theological Questions and Perspectives in Jewish-Catholic Dialogue.” Last year, Cardinal Koch of Switzerland succeeded retiring Cardinal Walter Kasper to become the fourth president of the Commission. This is his first public statement in his new role. (He is giving the same talk in Europe in German three days beforehand.)
He was appointed in Dec 2010 and has spent ten months learning the ropes and now on Oct 30 2011 will be his very first major statement on Jewish -Christian relations. This is his first speech and first public statement. In Oct. 2010 as he was being vetted for the new position, he told a German paper that “The Jews are still the Chosen people” no explanation.
Consider this talk as reflecting official policy and the start of the new perspective that will be binding on Catholics, which will be integrated in their existing documents in the next revisions. On Monday Oct 31, he meets with the Rabbinical and Jewish organizational leadership in Manhattan. They will fill the newspapers with reactions and op-eds in early November.
Seton Hall University- This Sunday,3:00- 5:00PM McNulty Amphitheater – Science Building. If you are coming by Mass Transit, get off at the South Orange station.
At least this is open to the public – his visit to JTS is open to invited guests only: JTS press release
I understand that the Cardinal’s comments on the Cross and Yom Kippur did not go over too well. Also, his suggestion that Jews do not oppose the sainthood for Pius XII is not exactly accurate, is it?
Not accurate. I will post later on what went on.