Question 111:

Why do you not talk about Judaism? Is Christianity in reality a religion under Jewish control?


Answer: Please read the answers to questions 83 and 102. In addition we quote the relevant paragraph of the recently published “Kompendium der Soziallehre der Kirche” (Freiburg i.Br.: Herder, 2006), the Church’s Compendium of Social Teaching:

"In the shared tradition of the Old Testament the Catholic Church is aware, that its social teachings also enable a dialogue with our Jewish brothers, in order to create a shared future of justice and peace for the people who are the children of God. The shared cultural heritage furthers understanding and the respect both feel for each other. It is the basis on which the covenant for overcoming any kind of discrimination and the defense of human dignity can grow.” (no. 536)

In a comparable way, in Part 3 of “Nostra Aetate” the Church urges Christians and Muslims to forget the past and to work sincerely for mutual understanding and to preserve as well as to promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom. No religion and no person of good will is excluded from the Church’s invitation to support the realization of more justice and sounder peace in the world, through dialogue and in co-operation with the Church. “The social ethics teaching of the Church is also a continuous call for dialogue between all the faithful of the world religions, so they search together for the most suitable forms of co-operation. The religions play an important role in the realization of peace, which depends on the joint efforts towards the comprehensive development of humankind” (Ibid., no. 537).


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