The Thomas Verner Moore Lecture for 2019, sponsored by St. Anselm’s Abbey, the Columbus School of Law, and the School of Theology and Religious Studies of The Catholic University of America, will be given by Rabbi Abraham Skorka:
“A Memoir of a Dialogue with Pope Francis”
The lecture will be held at 8:00 PM, Saturday, September 21st, in the Slowinski Courtroom of the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America.
Abraham Skorka has long been a prominent leader of the Jewish community in Latin America and is currently living in the United States as University Professor at
St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he works closely with the directors of that university’s Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations to develop and expand its various programs with the goal of promoting deeper understanding between Catholics and Jews.
Before coming to this country, Rabbi Skorka served as rector of the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires for twenty years and as rabbi of the Benei Tikva congregation for forty-two years. Having become committed to interreligious dialogue through the influence of his own mentor, Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer, in the 1990s he found a new Catholic partner with whom to share this commitment when he was introduced to an auxiliary bishop in Buenos Aires named Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Throughout the years, as Jorge Bergoglio became archbishop and then cardinal archbishop of that city, he and Rabbi Skorka collab- orated on many projects, including a series of television programs of informal dialogues and a book of their conversations, translated into English under the title On Heaven and Earth. After Cardinal Bergoglio became Pope Francis at the 2013 conclave, the two men maintained their friendship, with Rabbi Skorka being a member of the Vatican delegation during the pope’s visit to the Holy Land in May, 2014.
In addition to the above-mentioned book, Rabbi Skorka has published two others—Miles de años por semana: vision actual de la lectura de la Torah (1997) andHacia un mañana sin fe (2007)—and co-authored and edited Introducción al derecho hebreo (2001). In 1979 he was awarded a doctorate in chemistry by the University of Buenos Aires and has published scientific papers in the fields of chemistry and biophysics. He has also received honorary doctorates from the Universidad Católica Argentina, Sacred Heart University, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Reception follows. Complimentary garage parking at the Law School, off McCormack Drive