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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

versão On-line ISSN 2412-4265

Studia Hist. Ecc. vol.38  supl.1 Pretoria  2012

 

Religious voicelessness: A challenge to the Catholic Church

 

 

Laurence P Prior

Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

 

 


ABSTRACT

According to Professor Hans Küng, there will be no peace among nations until there is peace among the religions. People of religious belief constitute the majority of humankind who share the same basic values, such as peace, harmony, justice and neighbourliness. Historically, there has been and there still is apathy, if not antagonism, between people of different religious beliefs. At the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) the Catholic Church turned over a new page with an outreach towards the religions of the world. In this article we will firstly look at the development of two original documents which spell out this new attitude towards others. We will then reflect on the present Catholic-Jewish relationship which has been marred for centuries by indifferentism and even hatred. We then take a look at theological developments over the past 50 years concerning the church's relationship with other world religions, before looking to the way forward into the future.


 

 

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1 Research Fellow, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.

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