In his talk, Marshall Breger, professor of law at the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., will discuss the relationship between the Vatican and Israel. The long lachrymose relationship between the Church and Judaism. After World War II the Church began to reconceptualize its relationship with Judaism, culminating in 1965 with the Papal Encyclical Nostra Aetate. Its relationship with the state of Israel, however, took years longer to mature. In 1993 the Holy See and Israel signed the Fundamental Agreement in which the Holy See formally recognized Israel, creating the basis for their exchange of Ambassadors. In 1997 the Holy See and Israel signed a ‘Legal Personality’ agreement normalizing the legal status of church institutions in Israel. Breger's will discuss the background to the Fundamental Agreement, the remaining issues to be addressed, as well as its significance for Jewish-Catholic relations. Breger will also address the politics of this relationship in the Vatican, Israel as well the Arab world.
The event is free and open to the public.