Day #180: Nostra Aetate 1

Today we take up the second (and shortest) of the Council’s three declarations: the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions.

Note that this document should not be confused with Unitatis Redintegratio, the Decree on Ecumenism, which addresses the relation of the Church with other Christian religions.

In the first of the documents 5 paragraphs, the Council Fathers outline that the purpose of the document is to focus on what the Church holds in common with the other world religions, namely our origin and final goal of being with God.  All religions also seek to grapple with the vexing problems we always ask: Who are we?  Why are we here?

Here are the footnotes:

1. Cf. Acts 17:26

2. Cf. Wis. 8:1; Acts 14:17; Rom. 2:6-7; 1 Tim. 2:4

3. Cf. Apoc. 21:23f.

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