Jews, Catholics in Tacoma join together for anniversary of Nostra Aetate

The News TribuneMarch 17, 2014 

The 50th anniversary of a Catholic document that redefined Roman Catholicism’s relationship to Judaism and other non-Christian religions will be celebrated in Tacoma Thursday night.

Temple Beth El and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church are joining together to present a program on the anniversary of the document called Nostra Aetate -- and the Second Vatican Council that adopted it -- at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Charles parish, 7112 S. 12th St.

John Connelly, an associate professor of history at the University of California at Berkeley, will be the keynote speaker. He is the author of “From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews 1933-1965.”

Nostra Aetate, Latin for “in our time,” was approved by Catholic bishops and cardinals at the Second Vatican Council in Rome in 1965. It emphasized the religious bond and “common spiritual heritage” shared by Christians and Jews. The council met between 1962 and 1965.

Other speakers for Thursday’s event will be: Rabbi Anson Laytner, interreligious program manager for Seattle University, and Sister Joyce Cox, director of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue for the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.

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