Jewish-Catholic Relations in Germany in 2008

Program at Saint Joseph’s University Discusses Interreligious Issues

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

PHILADELPHIA (November 26, 2008) – Rev. Dr. Hanspeter Heinz, a prominent Catholic priest, author and scholar active in the movement to promote Jewish and Christian interfaith dialogue, will visit Saint Joseph’s University on Dec. 9 to report on “Jewish-Catholic Relations in Germany in 2008.” The program, which is sponsored by SJU’s Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in room 107 of Mandeville Hall.

Rev. Heinz’s comments will address the Vatican’s publication of an “extraordinary form” of a Good Friday prayer for Jews, which has disrupted decades of Jewish-Catholic dialogue in Germany. An emeritus professor of pastoral theology at the University of Augsberg, Rev. Heinz has served for many years as the chair of the official discussion group of the Central Committee of German Catholics, Jews and Catholics, which played an important role in the national discourse surrounding the Good Friday prayer controversy. The discussion will also look ahead to the future of interreligious relations in Germany.

“We are delighted to have Fr. Heinz visit the Delaware Valley, even if only briefly,” said Philip A. Cunningham, Ph.D., director of the Institute. “The Jewish-Catholic dialogue in Germany has been very robust in recent years, and has much to teach all those working to promote new, positive theologies of the relationship between the two religious communities.”

The author of numerous books and articles on Jewish-Christian relations, Rev. Heinz is the co-editor of Coming Together for the Sake of God: Contributions to Jewish-Christian Dialogue from Post-Holocaust Germany, a recent book on the work of the Jews and Catholics discussion group.

For more information about the program and the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, contact Cunningham at 610-660-1863, or

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