Rabbi James Rudin has been a member of the American Jewish Committee's professional staff for 32 years and is currently the committee's senior interreligious adviser and a member its Board of Governors. He is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Religion and Judaica at Saint Leo University and teaches at Florida Gulf Coast University Renaissance Academy. He is the author or editor of 17 books, including Cushing, Spellman, O'Connor: The Surprising Story of How Three American Cardinals Transformed Catholic-Jewish Relations and Christians & Jews — Faith to Faith: Tragic History, Promising Present, Fragile Future. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post, and he has written for Religion News Service since 1991.
A. James Rudin
Perspective: As Catholics confront the pathology of sexual abuse among their clergy, I urge them not to abandon or divert attention from two specific aspects of modern Roman Catholicism that I admire: the revolutionary change in the church's relationship with the Jewish people and Judaism, and its remarkable and steadfast commitment to social justice.
In 2012, President Barack Obama declared the United States would always be "the one indispensable nation in world affairs." But only five years later, many people wonder whether that remarkable era of world leadership is now coming to an end. Donald Trump has publicly spoken of abandoning America’s longtime commitments in many regions of the world.
Essay: Controversy surrounding Franklin D. Roosevelt continues to intensify, more than 70 years after his death.
Commentary: We still have a long way to go in overcoming the often-lethal prejudice of the past.