The Second Vatican Council on other living faiths

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O'Collins, Gerald. (2013) The Second Vatican Council on other living faiths. Pacifica: Australasian theological studies. 26(2), pp. 155 - 170. https://doi.org/10.1177/1030570X13485403
AuthorsO'Collins, Gerald
Abstract

This article critically evaluates what Vatican II taught about other living faiths in four documents: the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 1963), the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium, 1964), the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate,1965) and the Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity (Ad Gentes, 1965). Too often those who consider Vatican II’s attention to other faiths consider only Nostra Aetate. Beyond question, that declaration was central in importance and impact. Nevertheless, the three other documents just mentioned fill out the Council’s integral teaching on the religious ‘others’. The last and longest text from Vatican II, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes, 1965), also adds some further, significant considerations. But space precludes examining it in this article.

Year2013
JournalPacifica: Australasian theological studies
Journal citation26 (2), pp. 155 - 170
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN1030-570X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1030570X13485403
Web address (URL)http://ezproxy.acu.edu.au/login?url=http://ezproxy.acu.edu.au/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1030570X13485403
Page range155 - 170
Research GroupSchool of Theology
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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