Philos Catholic

Our newest special project

Philos Catholic is an informal association of American Catholics with an interest in Catholic-Jewish relations past and present, the roots of Catholicism in both Judaism and the Near East, and the Church’s historic and modern approaches to the Jewish people and the land of Israel.

"I feel like I've grown in my Catholic faith by walking in the footsteps of Jesus...."

What does Philos Catholic do?

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    Reconnect Catholics with their Jewish roots in Near East—the Jewish people, their scripture, their thought, and the land;

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    Reconnect Catholics with their own origins in Near Eastern Christianity, both in history and the presence and contributions of the Christians of the region today;

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    Better understand diverse Christian approaches to Israel, and the region’s politics and culture more broadly;

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    Confront without fear the harm done to the Jewish people by Catholic institutions and persons throughout history;

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    Explore replacement theology in the Church today;

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    Examine the similarities and differences between the Hebraic tradition and the main traditions in Catholic thought.

Sponsored Pilgrimages

Philos Catholic will sponsor pilgrimages to the Holy Land for select groups of Catholic priests, seminarians, theologians, public figures, and others from America’s Catholic community.

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Hear what the members of the Philos Catholic Community are saying

James O'Reilly

"Having been well educated in Western Church history, I sought to find an avenue for reconnecting and engaging with the Eastern church and with my fellow Christians there. Philos Catholic has been the perfect gateway for such an encounter and has challenged, stretched, and deepened my faith to invaluable degrees and in ways that I'll never fully appreciate or understand."

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