John T. Pawlikowski, OSM
Director of Catholic-Jewish Studies Program
Ph.D., University of Chicago
John Pawlikowski’s extensive study of the Nazi Holocaust has enabled him to appreciate the ethical challenges facing the human community as it struggles with greatly enhanced power and extended responsibility for the future of all creation. His scholarly interests include the theological and ethical aspects of the Christian-Jewish relationship and public ethics.
A leading figure in the Christian-Jewish dialogue, he was the two-term President and Chair of the Theology Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ). He remains on ICCJ's board as immediate past president. Pawlikowski is a member of the Catholic Theological Society, the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics (past board member), the Ethics Working Group of the World Conservation Union, and the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future. He also served as the principal theological consultant for the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Energy.
Pawlikowski also serves on numerous advisory boards and councils, including, among others, Board of Directors of the Parliament of the Worlds’ Religions, National Advisory Council of the United States Committee for the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP), Board of Directors of the Annual Scholars’ Conference on Holocaust, Genocide, and the Church Struggle, National Advisory Council of Facing History and Ourselves, and the World Committee of the National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel. He also was a board member of the now defunct National Conference of Catholic Bishops Advisory Committee on Catholic-Jewish Relations. Additionally, he was a member of the Vatican Delegation for the International Jewish-Catholic Dialogues in Baltimore (1992), Jerusalem (1994), and New York (2001).
Pawlikowski is the author/editor of more than fifteen books including The Challenge of the Holocaust for Christian Theology, Christ in the Light of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue, Jesus and the Theology of Israel, Biblical and Theological Reflections on The Challenge of Peace, Justice in the Marketplace: CTU’s Pastoral Commentary on the Bishops’ letter on the Economy, The Ecological Challenge: Ethical, Liturgical, and Spiritual Responses, Reinterpreting Revelation and Tradition: Jews and Christians in Conversation, Good and Evil after Auschwitz, and Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust.
He also is a contributor to many journals and has served on the editorial boards of numerous publications including: Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Journal of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Explorations, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, and Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Pawlikowski also served as Editor of New Theology Review for seven years.