Changes in US Catholic Catechism Re: Judaism

The USCCB is making some changes to the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults in the section on the relationship between Catholics and Jews (HT Carl Olson).

After mail balloting, the final vote of 231-14, with one abstention, was announced Aug. 5 in a letter to bishops from Msgr. David Malloy, USCCB general secretary.

The change, which must be confirmed by the Vatican Congregation for Clergy, would remove from the catechism a sentence that reads: “Thus the covenant that God made with the Jewish people through Moses remains eternally valid for them.”

Replacing it would be this sentence: “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).

“Talking points” distributed to the bishops along with Msgr. Malloy’s letter said the proposed revision “is not a change in the church’s teaching.”

“Catholics understand that all previous covenants that God made with the Jewish people have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ through the new covenant established through his sacrificial death on the cross,” the talking points say.

“The prior version of the text,” they continue, “might be understood to imply that one of the former covenants imparts salvation without the mediation of Christ, whom Christians believe to be the universal savior of all people.”

Robert Sungenis is celebrating.

2 thoughts on “Changes in US Catholic Catechism Re: Judaism

  1. It’s rare when one sees the Catholic Church revise a teaching firmly grounded in speculative theology and popular sentiment to conform more to the language of the New Testament. I’m pleased with this.

  2. I’m not sure that the proposed change clarifies anything. I actually liked the first rendering better, with the possible removal of the “for them” at the end of the sentence. I would then add a sentence which explained the Catholic belief that all is fulfilled in Christ. I would not just quote Scripture without clarification, since the result could still be very misleading.

Comments are closed.