Walter Kasper on Christians and Jews

From Against the Grain, a translation of a recent article by Cardinal Walter Kasper on relations between Jews and Christians, and the controversy over the recently revised Good Friday prayer for the 1962 Roman Missal.

Kasper affirms that Christian teaching must confess Jesus as savior of all. He notes that the New Testament is clear that “every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” There are not multiple plans of salvation. Despite this, Catholicism doesn’t have organized missions and agencies targeting Jews for conversion. Nevertheless, Christians are obligated to witness to all. Christians can’t be silent about their faith, let alone deny it, just to avoid giving offense. But this witness can be done tactfully, rooted in the common confession of the God of Abraham and belief in his faithfulness to his promises.