WASHINGTON (April 29, 2004) -- Walking God's Paths, a series of short videos and DVDs on Christian-Jewish relations over the centuries, is now available from USCCB Publishing.
Walking God's Paths was jointly commissioned by the Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (BCEIA) and the National Council of Synagogues (NCS) and funded by the NCS and the Catholic Communication Campaign.
In a letter announcing the project sent to all Catholic Bishops in the country, the Episcopal Moderator for Catholic-Jewish Relations, Cardinal William H. Keeler, said the film The Passion of the Christ "has proven a great boon for discussion between Catholics and Jews throughout the United States. Every day we are receiving fresh reports of positive events, including dialogue and discussion sessions, prompted by this motion picture," the Cardinal wrote.
The Cardinal said the book The Bible, the Jews, and the Death of Jesus, published by the Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, has almost sold out the original printing run of 7,000 and a second printing is now being prepared.
The video project will be a useful resource for dioceses, parishes, and schools, Cardinal Keeler said. These videos on Christian-Jewish relations could also serve as a resource for local Catholic-Jewish dialogue groups and interfaith marriage counselors, he added.
The Cardinal credited the efforts of Rabbi Gilbert Rosenthal, Executive Director of NCS, and Doctors Philip Cunningham and John Michalczyk of Boston College, as well as the National Council of Synagogues and the Catholic Communication Campaign in making Walking God's Paths a reality.
"The six 15-minute videos help viewers learn what Jews and Christians have in common and how they diverge, how our interlocking histories over the centuries have both enabled a profound sharing of spiritual resources and, at times, great tragedies," Cardinal Keeler wrote. "They tell how, in healing our relationship in this generation, we have the opportunity to mend our still broken world to the benefit of all."
"In addition, I believe that it will not only aid our efforts to foster Catholic-Jewish understanding but also will help Catholics understand and live our own faith," Cardinal Keeler said.
Cardinal Keeler said that a streaming video of an edited segment on Passover and Easter has been put on the Conference Website: www.usccb.org/ccc.
To order this resource, or to obtain a catalog of other USCCB titles, call toll-free 800-235-8722. The video is publication number 5-596 and the DVD is publication number 5-624.