Title:The People of the Covenant - part 1
Description:One of the most remarkable changes in Catholic teaching and attitudes resulting from the Second Vatican Council concerns the Jewish people.
For the first time the Catholic Church gave an authoritative teaching on this subject.
The teaching corrects the exegesis and thinking that had shaped Catholic attitudes to the Jews throughout the ages.
Since the Council, the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews has issued three further documents: Guidelines on Religious Relations with the Jews (1974); Notes on the Correct Way to present the Jews and Judaism in Preaching and Catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church (1985) and We Remember (1998), a reflection on the Holocaust.
In this first article, I will first summarise the teaching of the Council, noting how this has been developed by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Pope John Paul II.
Where the Catechism and the Pope add to the Council's teaching, these points are mentioned subsequently.
Author(s):Father Peter Hocken
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