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Spring 2020
Jul 01, 2022
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INAF 166 - Seven Popes and the Jews
Too often, Jewish-Catholic relations are studied only in terms of the crises that occur between these two faith communities.  By contrast, this course will take a long-term view of the ways in which Jews and Catholics have interacted with each other, studying Jewish relations with the Church under seven papacies from Pius XI (1922-1939) through Francis (1936- ). Particular attention will be paid to the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust, the changes that followed in Catholic teaching and practice towards Jews, and the unique contributions of each pope to Catholic-Jewish relations since World War I. Course materials will include books, articles, films, lectures and discussions.

Learning Goals:
1.     To gain an appreciation for the role of the Holocaust in shaping Catholic-Jewish relations in the 20th century;

2.     To develop a sense of the major questions involved in the Nazi attempt to exterminate Jews and the Catholic response to them;

3.     To evaluate how each of the popes from Pius XI through Francis have dealt with relations with Jews;

4.     To trace the course of the changes in Catholic expression and practice towards Jews since the end of World War I.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

International Affairs Department

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