As with popes, two covenants are better than one?

“[While Nostra aetate was being hotly debated in the third session of Vatican II,] Abraham Heschel made his most forthright intervention. In September 1964 he had strongly condemned the emerging draft text of the document, which expressed a hope for the eventual conversion of the Jews…. He went to see Pope Paul VI…. He reported that he persuaded the pope, who ‘personally crossed out a paragraph in which there was a reference to conversion or mission to the Jews.’ … In its final form Nostra Aetate [promulgated in October 1965] said nothing about converting Jews. There are now no organizations in the Catholic Church devoted to that institutional aim. … If the Jewish covenant continues in force [cf. NA §4], how can Christians still claim that the revelation brought by Christ is unique and universal?”

— John Wilkins, “The Beginning of the Beginning: How Vatican II Changed Jewish-Christian Relations” Commonweal (January 18, 2008)


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One Response to As with popes, two covenants are better than one?

  1. Heschel was involved behind the scenes. Before the council met, he had a hand in preparatory memoranda sent to Bea in Rome by the American Jewish Committee and he paid a visit to Rome that impressed him and impressed his hosts. This must have been the first time in history that church officials and Jewish representatives worked together on Jewish-Christian relations.

    M.J. dares call that a modernist conspiracy and the Mosaic covenant is dead and M.J. has argued this to death in private emails with Rabbi Gilbert Rosenthal who is chief Rabbi at the National Council of Synagogues (America)

    Once he discovered he could not sustain his claims that N.A. taught the validity of the Mosaic covenant, the Rabbi threatened to sue me for libel because my letter to the PBP asking him to write the truth about N.A, was printed.

    M/J. got a kick out of that and encouraged the lawsuit…

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