This volume collects a variety of important speeches and interviews from Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, the Jewish Cardinal. Born to secular Jewish parents, he insisted that his Jewish identity could not be erased by his baptism, his ordinations to the priesthood and the episcopate, or his elevation to the cardinalate. This belief led him not only to explain his own life, but also to work to establish new relationships between Jews and Catholics in the wake of Vatican II and the inter-religious efforts of Pope John Paul II. Included in this volume are several of Lustiger s most important addresses.
Readers most likely, I think, to benefit from this book are Roman Catholics seeking to deepen their insights into the Jewish roots of their historical form of Christianity. In ON CHRISTIANS AND JEWS, Aron Jean-Marie, Lustiger (1926 - 2007), Cardinal Archbishop of Paris, presents his personal yet orthodox interpretation of relations between Judaism and Christianity and prays that it will replace earlier, more anti-Jewish interpretations heard from prominent Catholics well into the 1940s. … more