Nostra Aetate: Transforming the Catholic-Jewish Relationship
Selected Church Documents on Jews & Judaism
Posted: October 20, 2005
Since the adoption of Nostra Aetate in 1965, the Vatican has issued a series of documents to explain and elaborate on the church's evolving religious and political relationship with the Jewish people and the State of Israel.But these pronouncements have not been limited to the Holy See. Around the world, various Bishops Conferences have also issued their own statements and guidelines on the burgeoning relationship between Jews and Catholics, both in Europe and in the United States
Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate), 1965.
Guidelines and Suggestions for Implementing the Conciliar Declaration Nostra Aetate (No. 4), 1975.
Notes on the Correct Way to Present the Jews and Judaism in Preaching and Catechesis of the Roman Catholic Church, 1985.
The Church and Racism: Towards a More Fraternal Society, 1989.
Fundamental Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Israel Secretariat of State, 1993
We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah, 1998.
Memory and Reconciliation: The Church and the Faults of the Past, International Theological Commission, 1999.
Dominus Iesus, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 2000.
The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible, Pontifical Biblical Commission, 2001.
United States Catholic Church Documents Concerning Jews and Judaism
Guidelines for Catholic-Jewish Relations, U.S. National Conference of Catholic Bishops, March 1967.
Guidelines for the Advancement of Catholic-Jewish Relations in the Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Rockville Centre, Diocese of Brooklyn, 1969.
Guidelines for Catholic-Jewish Relations in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1971 (abridged).
Guidelines on Catholic-Jewish Relations, U.S. National Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 1975.
Guidelines for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, 1975.
Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 1977.
Statement on Seder Celebration. Archdiocese of Louisville, 1979.
Guidelines of the Diocese of Brooklyn, 1979.
Guidelines of the Diocese of Cleveland, 1979.
Guidelines of the Diocese of Detroit, 1979.
Guidelines of the Diocese of Trenton, 1980.
Guidelines for Jewish-Catholic Marriages, Archdiocese of Newark, 1983.
Criteria for the Evaluation of Dramatizations of the Passion (NCCB), 1988 (also published in Spanish).
God's Mercy Endures Forever: Guidelines on the Presentation of Jews and Judaism in Catholic Preaching 1989.
Catholics Remember the Holocaust, Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations, 1998. Contains statements of European and U.S. Bishops' conferences, and of the Holy See, 1994-1998.
Catholic Teaching on the Shoah:Implementing the Holy See's "We Remember," 1999
Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Bible, the Jews and the Death of Jesus: A Collection of Catholic Documents, USCCB Publishing, 2004.
European Catholic Bishops' Conference Documents Concerning Jews and Judaism
French Bishops, "Jewish-Christian Relations," 1973.
West German Bishops, "The Church and the Jews," 1980.
Bishops of Austria, Berlin & West Germany, "Accepting the Burden of History: Common Declaration on the 50th Anniversary of the Pogroms Against the Jewish Community on the Night of 9-10 November 1938," 1988.
Polish Bishops, "Pastoral Letter on Jewish Catholic Relations," 1991.
Hungarian Bishops and Ecumencial Council of Churches in Hungary, "Joint Statement on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Holocaust," 1994.
Dutch Bishops, "Supported by One Root: Our Relationship to Judaism," 1995.
Polish Bishops, "The Victims of Nazi Ideology," 1995.
German Bishops, "An Opportunity to Re-examine Relationships with Jews," 1995.
Italian Bishops, "Letter to the Jewish Community of Italy," 1997.
French Bishops, Declaration of Repentance," 1997.
Swiss Bishops, "Confronting the Debate about the Role of Switzerland During the Second World War," 1997.
Polish Bishops, "Letter on the Occasion of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000," 2000.