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Reply To: How, if at all, will you take the information you’ve learned in this course and apply it to how you read and interpret scripture? What, if anything, will you pass along to your own community?

James Dean

The Catholic Church, in the sense of the fathers of the Second Vatican Council were very aware of the need for the church to turn towards her elder brothers and for dialogue between Catholics and the Jewish people. Recalling in moving terms the “spiritual bond that ties the people of the New Covenant to Abraham’s stock,” the Fathers of the council remind us of the special place Jews hold in the Christian perspective, for “now as before God holds them as most dear for the sake of the patriarchs; he has not withdrawn his gifts or calling.” The statement of the American bishops of November 1975 refers to the task “as yet hardly begun, to explore the continuing relationship of the Jewish people with God and their spiritual bonds with the New Covenant and the fulfillment of God’s plan for both Church and Synagogue.”

In a series of remarkable statements (see Sources), Pope John Paul II has sought to give positive direction to the dialogue, reminding us that “the links between the Church and the Jewish people are grounded in the design of the God of the Covenant” (March 6, 1982). The Holy Father has underscored, time and again, the vital importance of collaboration with the Jews for the working out of the Church’s own mission in the world.
Most of the Church, especially at the majority of seminaries and at the parish level are not even aware of these statements or vision of renewal. My goal is to bring the Hebraic Thought into the Church beginning in small communities, as I already am, and helping by allowing her to understand her own Mystery in light of her roots in the tree of Israel. This course is a huge effort in obtaining that goal moving us from Catholicism to Catholicity.