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Catholics should not try to convert Jews, Vatican says in landmark document

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(Worthy News) - Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism, the Vatican said Thursday in a major new document that drew the Church further from the strained relations with Judaism of the past.

The document, “A Reflection on Theological Questions Pertaining to Catholic-Jewish Relations,” was issued by the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, and approved by Pope Francis. It says Christianity and Judaism are intertwined, and that God never annulled his covenant with the Jewish people.

“The Church is, therefore, obliged to view evangelization to Jews, who believe in the one God, in a different manner from that to people of other religions and world views,” it said. [ Source ]

Vatican calls on Catholics to stop trying to convert Jews

The document, issued by the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jews, not only effectively affirmed that Jews can be saved independently of Jesus, but described Christianity’s relationship with Jews as a shared patrimony.

“Although Jews cannot believe in Jesus Christ as the universal redeemer, they have a part in salvation, because the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable,” the report concluded, according to a summary released to the media. [ Source ]

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7 thoughts on “Catholics should not try to convert Jews, Vatican says in landmark document

  1. Wow! So, according to the Catholic Church (and I've heard a few evangelical Protestant churches say the same thing), Jesus didn't die for Jews! That being the case, the disciples must not have needed him either? And the rejection of Jesus by the Jewish leadership must not have had anything to do with why Israel was destroyed. The curtain in the temple being torn must have had nothing to do with Jewish denial of Jesus as Messiah.

    This is quite a revelation in the name of political correctness. Rather than offend Jews with the truth of the gospel (which many find very offensive), let's leave them alone and claim that there is a separate covenant for them and that God never intended them to come under the New Covenant, which is in Christ's blood. He just had that covenant prophesied to them in the Old Testament (Old Covenant) because he wanted them to know what he would someday be doing for other people but not for them.

    Of course, true Christianity preaches that the New Covenant is God's way for all of humanity and that Jews must be "born again" because their initial birth as Jews gives them nothing in the Kingdom of God. Jesus answer to a sincerely devout Jew was that, if he wanted to make it into the kingdom of heaven he'd have to be born again because just being born Jewish wasn't good enough. He'd have to be spiritually reborn because the Promise of Abraham is FULLY vested in Jesus Christ. Thus, if being a Jew wasn't good enough for Nicodemus, who also showed himself to be a Pharisee (religious conservative) with a willing and pliable heart, then it wasn't good enough for any Jew.

    The Catholic Church might as well have written that we should just let all Jews go to hell so that we don't offend any of them. And, of course, if Jews have no collective guilt for Jesus death, neither do Gentiles. That makes us all innocent of it.

    Based on this document, Jesus must not be the Messiah of the Jews, but just Messiah of the Gentiles. That, or it is OK if Jews don't believe in their own Messiah. According to this, Jesus died for the salvation of Jews, whether they believe in him or not. Because the authors of this encyclical cannot square their belief with any theological framework, they say it is an unfathomable mystery. Yes, how trained theologian could come to such a conclusion based on scripture is, indeed, unfathomably mysterious. Jesus should have just told Nicodemus, as good a Jewish man as anyone to be found, that he should stop worrying about how to get into the Kingdom of Heaven because he was a Jew and that was good enough. In the very least, he was a faithful Jew (as a Pharisee, he'd be as observant of the Law as one could possibly be, and he was clearly a man whose heart was inquisitive and in the right place, too). So, he should have been a shoe-in.

    Didn't Jesus teach us that we should not do as he did -- that we should not offend religious Jews with his message?

    This should position the Catholic Church nicely to be the Universal Church of all Mankind during the upcoming years of tribulation. While they won't be a church for Jews, Jews will be at peace with them for their support. Perhaps the Church will decide, in order to make peace with all, that Muslims also have their own covenant with God since they, too, "believe in the One God."

  2. So the Vatican opposes what Jesus Christ commands in Matthew 28:18-20... really? I wonder if the Pope and his minions would say the same thing if they were standing in front of Jesus Christ Himself. NOT...!

  3. So the Vatican opposes what Jesus Christ commands in Matthew 28:18-20... really? I wonder if the Pope and his minions would say the same thing if they were standing in front of Jesus Christ Himself. NOT...!

  4. How sad that Catholics tend to believe the Pope rather than Jesus. Jesus told us to preach the good news to the whole world. I think that includes the Jews.

  5. The Gospel is to be preached to all. The Jewish Messiah Yeshua is especially to be preached to His Jewish brethren. You don't cease to be a Jew when you receive Salvation, but you become a completed Jew in Messiah.

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