Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Cushing, Spellman, O'Connor: The Surprising Story of How Three American Cardinals Transformed Catholic-Jewish Relations

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Cushing, Spellman, O'Connor: The Surprising Story of How Three American Cardinals Transformed Catholic-Jewish Relations

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Rudin, James. Cushing, Spellman, O'Connor: The Surprising Story of How Three American Cardinals Transformed Catholic-fewish Relations. (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing. 2012. Pp. x, 147. $18.00 paperback. ISBN 978-0-8028-6567-0. )

Although this book has no footnotes, Rabbi James Rudin had access to the archives of the Archdioceses of Boston and New York for the lives and works of Cardinals Richard Cushing and Francis Spellman. He combines research with his personal knowledge of Cardinal John O'Connor. He shows how the anti-Catholicism in American history enabled these Irish-American Catholics to relate to Jews and their experience of antisemitism.This accounts for the energy with which American Catholic bishops worked at the Second Vatican Council to further the interrelated causes of religious freedom, ecumenism, and Catholic-Jewish relations.

Rudin shows that Richard Pearlstein, Cushing's brother-in-law, was Jewish, whereas Spellman and O'Connor both had Jewish friends- something relatively rare in Europe and in Catholicism in general- and how this challenged the negative stereotypes of Jews prevalent among Catholics due to the ancient Christian teaching of contempt against Jews and Judaism. …

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