By Leon Suprenant | August 13, 2008
We have commented in previous posts concerning the controversial sentence in the U.S. Catechism for Adults that says, “Thus the covenant that God made with the Jewish people through Moses remains eternally valid for them.” While susceptible of an orthodox interpretation, the wording was ambiguous, giving the impression that Jews have their own independent means of salvation apart from Jesus Christ, the one savior of the world.
In a vote conducted through the mail, the U.S. bishops, by an overwhelming 231-14 margin, voted to replace the problematic sentence with 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).” This change will become effective upon receiving the formal recognition of the Holy See.
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