19th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture

Fr. John W. CrossinOn March 31, 2014 over 200 members of Chicago's Jewish and Catholic communities attended the 19th annual Jerusalem Lecture. This year's guest lecturer was Rev. John W. Crossin, OSFC, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs—United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Fr. Crossin's lecture topic was:

"What Changed at Vatican II: Past, Present and Future Perspectives
on Catholic‐Jewish Relations"

Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago delivered the welcome address for the 2014 lecture which was hosted by Temple Sholom in Chicago. Cardinal George opened his remarks by expressing his gratitude to everyone who attends the annual lecture stating: "It has become a hallmark of the ongoing dialogue here and the friendship between the Jewish community and the Catholic community in this city and area." View complete text of Cardinal George's remarks

Slide Show of Lecture

Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima, Ecumenical Vicar for the Archdiocese of Chicago introduced Fr. Crossin who opened his lecture by stating:

"As we approach the 50th Anniversary of the document Nostra Aetate, we do well to consider some of the developments of the past fifty years before we look forward to the next fifty years of our relationship(s). What I am suggesting tonight is that a new and coherent way of Catholic‐Jewish self‐understanding and acting will continue to emerge in this post‐modern period."

In concluding his lecture, Fr. Crossin emphasized that Catholics and Jews must work together in the future to establish "a common history based on solid scholarship"…."which would be forthright about our troubled history—large parts of which would be embarrassing for Catholics but call us to the humility of the truth." Fr. Crossin further stated: "A common history written in accessible language could be used to educate all members of both our communities about the changes that have occurred and the need to work together, learn from one another and become friends."

View complete text of Fr. Crossin's lecture

History of the Bernardin Lecture and Sponsors

On March 23, 1995, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin delivered a lecture entitled "Anti‐Semitism: The Historical Legacy and the Continuing Challenge for Christians" in the Senate Hall at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The lecture was the center piece of his visit to Israel. The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture continues this dialogue between Jews and Catholics with an annual lectureship on the theological issues affecting their relationship.

Sponsors for the annual lecture series are the Archdiocese of Chicago, the American Jewish Committee, the Chicago Board of Rabbis, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. The 2014 co‐sponsors included Temple Sholom and the Aaron M. Petuchowski Fund for Excellence in Jewish Education.

The Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs also extends a huge THANK YOU to our volunteers for their steadfast assistance annually in staffing our registration tables and greeting guests

Fr. John W. Crossin

Ms. Carol Miller, Ms. Ana Paul Panzarini and
Mr. Tom Mathews