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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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Charles in Toon Town

There seems to be a fundamental error in the article; The catchism currently says "To the Jewish people, whom God first chose to hear his word, 'belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ'", so they must be proposing to change that sentence to say that "the covenant that God made with the Jewish people through Moses remains eternally valid for them." This blunder made me very confused as I read the article. Crazy bishops.

Ed Peters

So, who is responsible for the line being in there in the first place?

ELC

Fr. Massa must have been referring to some sentence other than the one quoted, since I don't see anything whatever ambiguous about it. Which, of course, is the real problem with it.

Mark Brumley

Presently, the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults states, "Thus the covenant that God made with the Jewish people through Moses remains eternally valid for them" (p. 131).

The proposed revision states, "To the Jewish people, whom God first chose to hear his word, 'belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ'(Rom 9:4-5; cf. CCC, No. 839)".

The change seems to me to be an improvement, but I would prefer a clearer statement of the relationship between the Mosaic Covenant and the New Covenant. For example, a statement that made the two points that Father Massa made.

I think the statement that the Mosaic Covenant is eternally valid for the Jewish people is ambiguous. There is a sense in which it is true and a sense in which it is false. It is true that what God has given, he has given. He gave that covenant, ultimately, to bring people to Christ. It remains "eternally valid" in that regard--it continues to anticipate and point to Jesus Christ.

However, the statement can also be read as implying a two-track system of salvation, one for Jews (the Mosaic Law) and one for Gentiles (Jesus Christ). That notion is the problem. The Church has always held that all salvation comes from what God has done in Christ. The Mosaic Covenant was and remains salvific only because it is part of God's redemptive plan in Christ, not independent of it.

Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

The Catholic Bishops ought to remember that The Gospel Teachings have an approach of Inclusiveness, whereas the Mosaic Law demands exclusiveness. One could almost say that the Gospels abrogated some of the Mosaic Teachings. Jesus Himself told us the Difference between what we had been told, as humans, before, but He was bringing something New, The Verb, the Logos.

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