Cushing, Spellman, O'Connor
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Highlights the legacy of three amazing, influential Roman Catholic cardinals

In this highly recommended book, Rabbi James Rudin describes how the vision and commitment of Cardinals Richard Cushing, Francis Spellman, and John O'Connor helped to transform Jewish-Catholic relations in the second half of the twentieth century. Two introductory chapters contextualize their actions and reveal the extraordinary nature of these cardinals' actions.

Pithy and accessible, this book will spark lively discussion among church and synagogue study groups. It will also add compelling case studies to seminary courses on ecumenism and interfaith dialogue -- regardless of any given group's position on the ideological spectrum.


James Rudin has been a prominent figure in interreligious dialogue since 1968. Currently he acts as senior interreligious advisor for the American Jewish Committee. He has appeared on numerous highprofile radio and television programs and is the author or


Raymond L. Flynn
-- U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican (1993–1997)
Mayor of Boston (1984–1993)
An insightful and riveting book about Catholic-Jewish relations . . . Jim Rudin's book captures the vision and commitment of Cushing, Spellman, and O'Connor. For students of Jewish-Catholic history, this is a must-read.

Ed Koch
-- Mayor of New York City (1978–1989)
"I was privileged to be mayor of New York City in 1984 when John Cardinal O'Connor came to our city, ultimately to become Cardinal, and was blessed and rewarded with his friendship. This book is a wonderful read."

Reviews in Religion & Theology
“Offers a well-written and compelling history of the interfaith work of three American born cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church and how they changed the face of Jewish-Christian relations.”
Congregational Libraries Today
“An insightful presentation that highlights the courage, vision, and commitment of the three cardinals. . . . This brief history merits the attention of all people of faith.”