2014 Nostra Aetate – stages of creation, with a particular focus on paragraph no.2 and the people involved in its development.

Nostra Aetate – stages of creation, with a particular focus on paragraph 2 and the people involved in its development. Polonia Polonia Sacra 18 (2014) nr 4 (37) pp. 159-174.

Key words:       

“Nostra Aetate”, interreligious relations, ‘true and holy’, Society of St Pius X,

Summary:         “Nostra Aetate” began as an important statement concerning the relations of the Church with the Jews but soon developed into a highly significant text on the relationship of the Church to all the religions of the world. While there been many works on the theology of “Nostra Aetate”, there are few studies that present in detail the major personages and stages, the crucial issues and opposing forces surrounding this prophetic document. This article seeks to address this lacuna.

The article also gives special attention to key phrases from paragraph 2 that show an extraordinary shift from millennial attitudes, among which “the Church does not reject what is truly and holy in these religions”.

Finally it goes on to show how the wholesale rejection of “Nostra Aetate” by the Society of St Pius X has led to schism.


About interfaithashram

Rev. Dr. John Dupuche is a Roman Catholic Priest, a senior lecturer at MCD University of Divinity, and Honorary Fellow at Australian Catholic University. His doctorate is in Sanskrit in the field of Kashmir Shaivism. He is chair of the Catholic Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and has established a pastoral relationship with the parishes of Lilydale and Healesville. He is the author of 'Abhinavagupta: the Kula Ritual as elaborated in chapter 29 of the Tantraloka', 2003; 'Jesus, the Mantra of God', 2005; 'Vers un tantra chrétien' in 2009; translated as 'Towards a Christian Tantra' in 2009. He has written many articles. He travels to India each year. He lives in an interfaith ashram.
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