And here’s the document on evangelization of Jews from the USCCB

Nuanced, as I thought. But not unorthodox, from what I can see. I see no substantial difference between this:

“God’s grace, which is the grace of Jesus Christ according to our faith, is available to all. Therefore, the Church believes that Judaism, i.e. the faithful response of the Jewish people to God’s irrevocable covenant, is salvific for them, because God is faithful to his promises.”

and the teaching of Nostra Aetate. And it pretty much summarizes my own position, which is that Jews get closer to Christ by drawing close to the heart of their covenant, not by renouncing it. That, by the way, was Mother Teresa’s way of bearing witness to Christ too. She urged Muslims to be the best Muslims they could be and Hindus to be the best Hindus. She was confident that Christ was real enough that he could meet them in the way they understood best.

This does not mean Catholics should shut up about what they believe any more than Jews should. It does mean that Catholics need to face the fact that Christ works through the particular circumstance of the human person (including the Jewish human person) and that obedience to him (which is, after all, the essence of salvation) might not always look the way we think it should.

(Well, this should make *everybody* mad at me. But I think I’ve got the Holy Father and Cardinal Ratzinger in my corner on this one. And they are the guys who wrote Dominus Iesus, which is not exactly a warm and fuzzy affirmation of the equal truth of all religions.)


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