In our time, when day by day mankind is being drawn closer together, and the ties between different peoples are becoming stronger, the Church examines more closely her relationship to non-Christian religions...
Thus begins the Roman Catholic Church's Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, better known by its first two words, nostra aetate, "in our time". It was promulgated 47 years ago today--October 28, 1965.
Originally titled Decretum de Judaeis, "Declaration on the Jews," this text--whose final form had (and has) wide-ranging implications for Catholics' relationships with all religions--began as a piece concerned only with Christian-Jewish relations. Much has been written about the meanings in, effects of, and history leading up to this important milestone. Here are a few examples from BJPA:
- Vatican Council II's Statement on the Jews: Five Years Later | AJC, 1971
- Christian Statements and Documents Bearing on Christian-Jewish Relations | Judith Hershcopf Banki. AJC, 1972
- A Study of the History of the Relations Between Jews and Christians Throughout the Centuries | Jean Paul Lichtenberg. Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel, 1979
- Nostra Aetate--After 20 Years | Alfred Wolf. Sh'ma, 1985
- Jews, Judaism and Catholic Education | Rose Thering. AJC, ADL, Seton Hall U., 1986
- Catholics and Jews: The New Frontiers | A. James Rudin. AJC, 1986
- Catholic-Jewish Relations 40 Years After Nostra Aetate | David Rosen. AJC, 2005
- Wide Horizons: Abraham Joshua Heschel, AJC, and the Spirit of Nostra Aetate | Gary Spruch. AJC, 2008
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