IsraelParade2015f“All men are called to belong to the new people of God.” (Lumen Gentium 13, Vatican II)

What does it mean to be a believing member of the Church? The Council states that it means being convinced of the truth of revelation and at the same time capable of maintaining a dialogue. The dialogue in question is with those who are not convinced or have a different conviction concerning revealed truth. St. John Paul II, Sources of Renewal, 1972

A recently promulgated Vatican document seems to abandon concern for the “sick” Jews (lost sheep of the House of Israel), on the part of the Catholic Church:

“In concrete terms this means that the Catholic Church neither conducts nor supports any institutional mission work toward Jews.” The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable, 2015

Could it be that abandoning the Jews (under pressure from perfidious popes and Jews) is subverting the Church — and in effect the greatest antisemitism of all? Pope Benedict XVI wrote in 2008, “Christianity must not concern herself with the conversion of the Jews.”

Saint John Paul II reminded us in “Crossing the Threshold of Hope” (1993): The New Covenant has its roots in the Old. The time when the people of the Old Covenant will be able to see themselves as part of the New, is naturally, a question left to the Holy Spirit. We, as human beings, try only not to put obstacles in the way. The form this “not putting obstacles” takes is certainly dialogue between Christians and Jews…The New Covenant serves to fulfill all that is rooted in the vocation of Abraham, in God’s covenant with Israel at Sinai, and in the whole rich heritage of the inspired Prophets who, hundreds of years before that fulfillment, pointed in the Sacred Scriptures to the One whom God would send in the fullness of time.” (cf. Gal 4:4).

The Church’s missionary activity is based on deep-seated theological premises, on an understanding of the very essence of the Church, and on its universality and catholicity, corresponding to the eternal design that all should be saved by God’s action and redeemed through Christ. In the light of this truth of faith, ‘The Church, which has been sent by Christ to reveal and communicate the love of God to all men and to all peoples, is aware that for her a tremendous missionary work still remains to be done.’ St. John Paul II, Sources of Renewal, 1972

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