So the recent Vatican document is leaving a lot of Catholics scratching their heads. What is going on?
“From the Christian confession that there can be only one path to salvation, however, it does not in any way follow that the Jews are excluded from God’s salvation because they do not believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah of Israel and the Son of God.”
I can get invincible ignorance in regards to the Jews, since they do have the Old Covenant, but this comment seems to be universal of the Jews. It seems to be implying that previous popes and councils were wrong.
“The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and heretics, can have a share in life eternal; …” (Cantate Domino)
Granted, the Church has explained that those connected to the Church in some way (e.g. desire or membership) can share in the joy of eternal life.
“The Church is therefore obliged to view evangelisation to Jews, who believe in the one God, in a different manner from that to people of other religions and world views. In concrete terms this means that the Catholic Church neither conducts nor supports any specific institutional mission work directed towards Jews. While there is a principled rejection of an institutional Jewish mission, Christians are nonetheless called to bear witness to their faith in Jesus Christ also to Jews, although they should do so in a humble and sensitive manner, acknowledging that Jews are bearers of God’s Word, and particularly in view of the great tragedy of the Shoah.”
So the verbiage in this comment is a bit wishy-washy, starting off by saying the Church does not support any official ministry for Jews and then going off to say that the Church does encourage the faithful to witness to the faith to Jews. I get the “humble and sensitive manner” part but the Church’s mission does not change just because of an unfortunate event such as the Shoah, a.k.a. the Holocaust.