During ADL's annual Interfaith Seder, with Catholic and Jewish middle school students from New York City, the League presented this prestigious award to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York for his key role in promoting interfaith understanding.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, priased Cardinal Dolan in presenting the award, saying: “His work in interfaith relations over the years has been invaluable, and it was always clear that the relationship between the Jewish community and the Catholic Church was not merely part of his duties, but rather a personal priority. His contributions to fostering such an incredible atmosphere of togetherness and cooperation have been so instrumental to both of our communities.”
The promulgation of the Roman Catholic Church’s “Nostra Aetate” is the most important moment in modern Jewish-Christian relations. Nostra Aetate addresses the relationship of the Roman Catholic Church to non-Christian religions, including Judaism. It effectively reversed centuries of the teaching of contempt for Jews and Judaism, which held that the Jews were accursed for the death of Jesus and rejected by God, and inaugurated a new era of Jewish-Christian understanding. To mark this occasion, ADL has prepared a booklet containing the text of Nostra Aetate and useful resources for study and dialogue.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mourns the passing of Cardinal Edward M. Egan, a friend to the Jewish community and a significant figure in the realm of interfaith affairs.