Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Vatican-Israel Accords: Political, Legal and Theological Contexts

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Vatican-Israel Accords: Political, Legal and Theological Contexts

Article excerpt

The Vatican-Israel Accords: Political, Legal and Theological Contexts. Edited by Marshall J. Breger. (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press. 2004. Pp. xvii, 392. $55.00.)

Marshall Breger is professor of law at Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America. This excellent collection of essays will be a "must read" for anyone interested in the Middle East, international politics and law, or Catholic-Jewish relations. It examines the historic 1993 accord between the Holy see and the State of Israel from a variety of scholarly points of view. The authors include participants in the negotiations that led to the agreement, making it the definitive interpreter of the accord and its historical and religious implications.

Lorenzo Cremonesi outlines the stages of diplomatic negotiations that led to the accord. David-Maria A. Jaeger, O.F.M., a drafter of the text, and Leonard Hammer analyze how it changed the legal relationship of the Catholic Church and Israel. Silvio Ferrari places this accord in the context of other conventions between Church and States since the Second Vatican Council in general, while Rafael Palomino compares it specifically with the Church-State agreements in Spain.

Roland Minnerath discusses how the Catholic Church understands Concordats "from a Doctrinal and Pragmatic Perspective. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.