Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Allan Aubrey Boesak and Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism

Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Allan Aubrey Boesak and Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism

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Allan Aubrey Boesak and Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp.196. $25.00, paper.

Memoria Futuri: Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow--Texts and Addresses of Cardinal William H. Keeler. Selected and edited by Eugene J. Fisher. A Stimulus Book: Studies in Judaism and Christianity. New York and Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2012. Pp. 132. $14.95, paper.

Here are two small (octavo) but mighty paperback books that deserve the attention of anyone interested in a Christian-based impetus for reconciliation and social justice.

As recently as 2009, one might have gathered from a declaration by the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Doctrine that the Roman Church still saw the need for a conversionary mission to the Jews (National Catholic Reporter, March 11, 2011). If so, it had not kept up with the teachings of its own head, William Cardinal Keeler. Keeler, a peritus (theological expert) in matters of Judaism at Vatican II, has, for decades since, held leadership roles in conducting Catholic-Jewish dialogue. Memoria Futuri, an anthology of eighteen speeches and articles addressed to Jewish organizations, dialogue workshops, and readers of related publications, composed by Keller between 1987 and 2005. captures his teaching on this and other major themes.

Keeler notes that "Since the Second Vatican Council, the Church has neither established nor sanctioned any organizations designed for the conversion of the Jews" (an address to the International conference of Christians and Jews in 2003, p. 89). He describes how a succession of popes updated ancient liturgy and instituted new prayers to signal a new, loving regard to Judaism, protecting the "mystery" of God's relationship to the people Israel. In another direction, Keeler reminds a Jewish audience of the need to re-evaluate the actions of Pius XII during d World War II, which, in turn, will help bring on a respectful appreciation of what the papacy and the Holy See mean to Catholics. He does not hesitate to mention failures in Christian leadership, but documents Church actions that belie stereotyping claims of cowardice. …

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