The Vatican and Permanent Neutrality

A Book Discussion Addressing the Holocaust, the Cold War, and Ukraine

December 5, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

As codified in the Lateran Treaties of 1929, permanent neutrality is a unique and central tenet of Vatican diplomacy. Through this lens, The Vatican and Permanent Neutrality (2022), edited by Marshall J. Breger and Herbert R. Reginbogin, traces the fast-paced 150 years of the Vatican’s spiritual and moral contributions to world affairs, starting from the fall of the Papal States in 1870 to the present day. This online event, led by the co-editors Breger and Reginbogin and featuring several of the book’s contributors, addressed historical perspectives and contemporary implications of permanent neutrality, from the Holocaust and the Cold War to the current war in Ukraine. Other topics of discussion included Vatican peacemaking efforts, relationships between U.S. and foreign governments and Catholic Church leadership, and tensions between power and spirituality.


Short Presentations

  • Marshall Breger, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, "Introduction"​
  • Dr. Herbert ReginboginCatholic University of America, "Power and Spirituality"
  • Dr. Suzanne Brown Fleming, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, "Permanent Neutrality and The Holocaust"
  • Dr. Piotr Kosicki, University of Maryland, "The Cold War"

Panel on Permanent Neutrality, Just War Theory, and the Ukraine Conflict

  • Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J. (moderator), Georgetown University 
  • Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Villanova University
  • Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, Catholic University of America
  • Dr. Tobias Winright, Saint Patrick's Pontifical University
  • Dr. Matthew Shadle, Marymount University

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