The Church Is Still Decades Away From Full Recognition of Israel

Recent popes have indeed been friendlier to Jews than any before. But realizing the full implications of that friendship could take generations.

September 16, 2019 | Daniel Johnson
About the author: Daniel Johnson, the founding editor (2008-2018) of the British magazine Standpoint, is now the founding editor of TheArticle and a regular contributor to cultural and political publications in the UK and the U.S.
This is a response to The New Catholic Zionism, originally published in Mosaic in September 2019

Pope Francis at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem in May 2014. Eric VANDEVILLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.

Gavin D’Costa deserves great credit for his essay in Mosaic investigating the theological basis for a Catholic Zionism. I admire his careful construction of a bold and suggestive narrative, which begins in the early 1960s with the Second Vatican Council’s epochal document Nostra Aetate, proceeds through an evolving high-level Jewish-Catholic dialogue, and culminates in recent progress toward anchoring these efforts in a definitive affirmation by the Church of the Jewish homeland in the state of Israel.

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