A. James Rudin is an author at Religion News Service.
America hasn’t always been kind to Catholic presidential candidates
(RNS) — Joe Biden is counting on his Catholicism to be a boon to his campaign — but that hasn’t always been the case for Catholic presidential hopefuls.
Releasing Vatican WWII archives removes an obstacle to Catholic-Jewish peace
(RNS) — The long-simmering controversy over Pius XII’s response to the Holocaust has the power to undo many of the extraordinary positive gains that have been achieved since 1965.
In quiet moments, George H.W. Bush showed that faith mattered
At the dedication of the interreligious chapel at Camp David in the Spring of 1991, President George H.W. Bush spent a day with clergy and others showing his respect for the place of faith in the life of the country.
The hatred in Charlottesville does not surprise me
(RNS) — As a Jewish youngster growing up in Virginia, it was plain to see.
Is it time to banish Shylock from our literary canon? (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) The 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death may be a time to reconsider this radioactive character.
Mazel tov to the first Spanish-born rabbi since 1492 (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) Haim Casas grew up in a Catholic family in Cordoba but believes he descends from “converso” Jews who continued practicing Jewish rituals in secret.
Remembering a giant among theologians (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) Eugene B. Borowitz was a prolific author and an extraordinary theologian who for nearly 60 years influenced both Jews and Christians.
How King’s dream of freedom from bondage tied him to the Jewish people (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) King linked Jewish and African American history with a compelling common image of persecution.
My top 10 Jewish news stories of 2015 (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) From escalating anti-Semitic attacks in Europe to modest gains for religious equality among Israel’s Jewish women, here’s a list of newsy Jewish developments in 2015.
Why Michele Bachmann’s push to convert Jews is so retro (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) When she visited Israel earlier this month, Michele Bachmann urged Jews to convert to Christianity as soon as possible because the end times were near.
Americans have a long history of negative policies toward refugees, immigrants (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) We’re a nation of immigrants — who tried to keep out Catholics, Jews and now Syrian refugees.
On 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a glass half full (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) Today some historians and religious leaders believe Nostra Aetate did not go far enough. I see Nostra Aetate differently.
Where clergy need to tread: Helping make end-of-life medical choices (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) Even a perfunctory visit to a hospital ward, ER, home for the aged, hospice or medical clinic brings a clergyperson face-to-face with the staggering ethical problems our health care system is creating.
God and politics: 4 famous voices on religion, society (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) The views of Catholic activist Dorothy Day, Jewish thinker Moses Maimonides, Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and Rabbi Stephen Wise largely contrast with the 2016 GOP presidential candidates.