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Pim Valkenberg, professor of religion and culture, published an op-ed with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) on Nostra Aetate. See below.

Op-Ed: What Nostra Aetate can teach us about dialogue with Muslims

From: JTA
Date: Oct. 26, 2016
Author: Pim Valkenberg

Fifty years ago, on Oct. 28, 1965, Pope Paul VI and the bishops of the Second Vatican Council promulgated the declaration Nostra Aetate on the relationship between the Catholic Church and other religions.

In the decades since, the document has done much to foster dialogue between Catholics and Jews. Indeed, at a conference here convened several months ago by the Catholic University of America to mark the anniversary of Nostra Aetate, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York began his address by referring to the words of one of his associates: “What’s the big deal?” The general conviction was that the document has worked well to improve relationships between Catholics and Jews.

Yet other forms of interreligious dialogue are lagging. Relations between Catholics and Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists seem to be far less improved by the landmark document. Why the difference? And can the improved dialogue between Catholics and Jews be a model for these other dialogues?

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