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Monday, October 11, 2010



"This occasion is also propitious for a constructive continuation of dialogue with Jews, to whom we are tied by the indissoluble bond of the long history of the Covenant, as we are with Muslims.

Forgive my ignorance here, but this statement strikes me as odd. Growing up Catholic (indeed christian of any stripe, to my mind) I have never considered that we are tied to Muslims by the Covenant (especially biblically speaking, but also through bid T Tradition and Magesterial teaching) in the same way we are with Jews. What might I be missing?

Thanks in advance,

Carl E. Olson

Patrick: Good question. I wonder if there may be a problem with translation/grammar since the ZENIT translation says, "This occasion is also propitious to constructively continue the dialogue with Jews, to whom we are tied by an indissoluble bond, the lengthy history of the Covenant, as we are with the Muslims." Or perhaps this is a reference to the monotheistic character of Islam, which certainly reflects, in itself, a significant connection with the covenantal emphasis on the uniqueness and singularity of God, who alone is to be worshipped (over against the common belief in multiple, localized gods)? That would be in keeping with Lumen Gentium, which states, "But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Mohammedans, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind" (par. 16).


Thanks Carl! I thought of that part of Lumen Gentium. I do like that part, of course. I guess it was the Covenant aspect that threw me a little. Even still, God is a good and loving God who will judge with all righteousness which includes true fairness for those Mohammedans.

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