Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Can someone tell me who I am?

WASHINGTON—The Vatican has given its “recognitio” to a change in the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, which is set to go into a second printing.

The change clarifies Catholic teaching on God’s covenant with the Jews. The first version, in explaining relations with the Jews, stated, “Thus the covenant that God made with the Jewish people through Moses remains eternally valid for them.” The revised text states, “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.’ (Romans 9: 4-5; cf. CCC, no 839).


At the risk of stating the obvious, the true identity of the Christian faith depends on correctly relating Christianity to Judaism. In what sense is Christianity the goal of Judaism? In what sense is Judaism stultified and misdirected unless it finds its fulfillment in the new covenant?

If the church of Rome is the one true church, then why is Mother Church still trying, like a confused adolescent or amnesiac, to find herself? To discover her true identity? After two thousand years and counting, isn’t it time for Mother Church to grow up? Why is she still undergoing an identity crisis at this stage of the game?

1 comment:

  1. Isn't anyone tryin to find me?
    Won't somebody come take me home?
    I don't know who you are, but I ... I'm with you.