Marshall Breger , professor, law, was quoted in a JTA story on the Vatican's move toward recognition of Palestinian statehood. See below.

Will Vatican's Palestine Push Cool Jewish Ties to Catholics?

From: JTA (via Forward) Date: May 20, 2015 Author: Ron Kampeas


Marshall Breger, a professor at the Catholic University of America's School of Law who has led a number of Jewish dialogues with other faiths, said the use of the term Palestine was the product of an evolution in how the international community is treating the Palestinian question.

"De facto, the Vatican has accepted Palestine as a state," he said. "It just adds one more country to the over 130 that have recognized Palestine."

The issue is a matter of diplomacy and does not breach the sensitive issues under discussion between Jews and Catholics as they mark the 50th anniversary of the Nostra Aetate, the declaration that absolved Jews of responsibility for Jesus' death, Breger said.

"It's a minor event," he said. "It should not interfere with Jewish-Catholic relations."


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