The Bear reports some mischief by the Anti-Defamation League over the new "Gifts and Calling" document, or, as it is known in the woodlands, "New Jew View." (Rhyme is another arrow in the Bear's blogging quiver.) The Jews had the audacity to accurately report what the Church declared. Contemplate the implications of these latest novelties.
The notion that the Catholic Church considers its relationship with the Jewish people to be unique and essential to its own existence and self-understanding is a powerful testimony that a torturous history can be overcome when both our common humanity and differences are seen as sources of blessing.Indeed, the Church's relationship with the Jews is unique.
Yes, Jews are essential to the Church's existence.
And Jews are essential to the Church's self-understanding.
Please keep your comments focussed on the Church. This is something the Church wanted as a celebration of Vatican II, on the 50th anniversary of Nostrae Aetate. The Church wanted that press conference just as much as the Jews did, if not more, considering what it was willing to barter for it.
The Bear is sad. The Church is starting to feel like an estate auction.
ADDED: The Bear ran across a similar document from 2002, an interfaith declaration released by the USCCB under the sponsorship of Cardinal William Keeler. It was called "Reflections on Covenant and Mission." However, the USCCB took the unusual move of issuing a correction.
This acknowledgment needs to be accompanied, however, by a clear affirmation of the Church's belief that Jesus Christ in Himself fulfills God's revelation begun with Abraham and that proclaiming this good news to all the world is at the heart of her mission.The difference between the 2002 USCCB document, "Reflections on Covenant and Mission," and the new Vatican document, "Gifts and Calling," is that the latter was issued without the 2002 correction. In just thirteen years, without a council, without an encyclical, the worms that stay busy in the Vatican structure have managed to make a statement the USCCB rejected in 2002.
All so they could have a news conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nostrae Aetate. The Bear wonders how impressed God was by the show.
If you're interested in reading further on this important topic, there are recent stories that treat it more completely a little further down.