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The Long Shadow of Vatican IiLiving Faith and Negotiating Authority since the Second Vatican Council$
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Lucas Van Rompay, Sam Miglarese, and David A Morgan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625294

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625294.001.0001

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Is There Reason for Hope?

Is There Reason for Hope?

The Second Vatican Council and Catholic Interreligious Relations

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(p.8) 1 Is There Reason for Hope?
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The Long Shadow of Vatican Ii
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Leo D. Lefebure

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625294.003.0002

Two major Council Declarations, on non-Christian religions (Nostra Aetate) and on religious freedom (Dignitatis Humanae), set the stage for a radically different view of non-Christian religious traditions, based on the acceptance of human conscience as one’s ultimate moral guide and on a respectful attitude toward other religions. The same broader mentality shift, first toward Judaism and then toward other religions, is reflected in other documents as well. After chronicling the events leading up to the momentous decisions, the essay surveys the postconciliar history, pointing both to the huge achievements in this regard and to shortcomings and remaining weaknesses that need to be addressed. Here again, the first statements and actions of Pope Francis raise high hopes for positive follow-up decisions and processes.

Keywords:   Catholic interreligious relations, Religious freedom, Freedom of conscience, Catholic response to the Holocaust, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Jules Isaac, Nostra Aetate, Dignitatis Humanae

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