The New Catholic Zionism

Protestant evangelical Zionism has a centuries-old pedigree. Could Catholic Zionism, evolving over the last half-century, become official Church teaching?

Pope Francis at the Western Wall in May 2014. Eric VANDEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.

Pope Francis at the Western Wall in May 2014. Eric VANDEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.

Essay
Sept. 9 2019
About the author

Gavin D’Costa is professor of Catholic theology at the University of Bristol (UK). He advises the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in Vatican City. His latest book, Catholic Doctrines on the Jewish People after the Second Vatican Council, is forthcoming later this year from Oxford University Press.


Despite the drastically falling rates of religious affiliation and practice in advanced Western countries—and despite the claims of secularists that religion has altogether caused quite enough trouble in the world and should best be ignored or kept private—religious faith itself has stubbornly declined to disappear.

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