February 14, 2008
Nostra Aetate Lecture Series: Father David-Maria Jaeger (2nd Lecture)
Father David-Maria Jaeger, OFM, presented a lecture, entitled "The Catholic Church and the Jewish State," on February 15, 2007. The lecture focused on the relationship between Catholicism and Judaism with a particular focus on the politicized Jewish state and its relationship to the Catholic Church. The lecture was a part of the Nostra Aetate lecture series and was cosponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Office of the President of Georgetown University. Nostra Aetate (In Our Age) is the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second Vatican Council, promulgated by Pope Paul VI.
Father David-Maria Jaeger, O.F.M, J.C.D., is a prelate auditor (judge) of the Roman Rota, a top papal law court, and an ordained Catholic priest. Born to Jewish parents in Tel Aviv, Israel, he has been prominently involved in improving Catholic-Jewish relations around the world and is also an expert in church-state issues. He has been a legal advisor to the Vatican since the Vatican established diplomatic relations with Israel in 1993. He is a member of the canon law faculty of the Pontifical University in Rome and is editor of the university’s scholarly quarterly. In February 2007 he delivered a lecture as part of the Nostra Aetate series sponsored by the Office of the President at Georgetown.