11. The Creation and Work of the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews

Cardinal Jorge and Maria Mejίa

in The Catholic Church and the Jewish People

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228058
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237111 | DOI:

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

11. The Creation and Work of the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews

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The Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews was established by Pope Paul VI on October 22, 1974. This chapter discusses the precedents of the Commission and its beginning, its configuration in the context of the Roman Curia, and the chief moments of its work between 1974 and 1986. The Commission is not the absolute beginning. Already before 1974, during the Second Vatican Council, the very difficult and frequently discussed topic of the relationship between Christianity and Judaism had come to the fore when the fathers were preparing the document known as Nostra Aetate. In the debate preceding the redaction of the declaration, especially in the various interventions by Cardinal Augustin Bea and other Council fathers, the special character of Judaism and of its relationship with the Catholic Church had also been emphasized. The visit of Pope John Paul II to the Great Synagogue of Rome on April 13, 1986, has been one of the three decisive moments of his pontificate concerning the history of relations between the Catholic Church and Judaism.

Keywords: Pope Paul VI; Catholic Church; Pope John Paul II; Judaism; Roman Curia; Nostra Aetate; Great Synagogue; Cardinal Augustin Bea

Chapter.  2907 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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