The Forty Years' Peace

Michael S. Kogan

in Opening the Covenant

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195112597
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199872275 | DOI:
  The Forty Years' Peace

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Since 1965, the Roman Catholic Church has issued three official statements on the Jews and Judaism (in 1965, 1974, and 1985). Added to these are numerous statements by the pope and documents issued by local Catholic sources (individual bishops, dioceses, and archdioceses). This chapter examines these statements. It is shown that progress is not always steady, that unofficial statements were often more innovative than official declarations, and that there is still a lot of difference of opinion within the church regarding how far to go in affirming the full validity of contemporary Judaism as what the church would call “a path of salvation”.The new Catechism of the Catholic Church as it incorporates or does not incorporate the changes in Catholic teaching regarding the Jews and Judaism is discussed. The chapter also addresses the question: does the church today view contemporary Judaism as having a divinely ordained mission in the world, and, if so, does it regard Jews as acting in fidelity to God and God's calling by remaining Jews rather than joining the church?

Keywords: Judaism; Christianity; Roman Catholic Church; Jews; Nostra Aetate; Vatican II

Chapter.  10248 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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