Walter Kasper

Walter Kasper (born 5 March 1933) is a German Roman Catholic Cardinal and theologian. He is President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, having served as its president from 2001 to 2010.

Walter Kasper
President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Walter Kasper
SeeRottenburg-Stuttgart (Emeritus)
Appointed3 March 2001
Installed21 April 2005
Term ended1 July 2010
PredecessorEdward Idris Cassidy
SuccessorKurt Koch
Other postsCardinal-Priest of Ognissanti in Via Appia Nuova
Ordination6 April 1957
by Carl Joseph Leiprecht
Consecration17 June 1989
by Oskar Saier
Created cardinal21 February 2001
by Pope John Paul II
Personal details
Birth nameWalter Kasper
Born5 March 1933 (age 86)
Heidenheim an der Brenz, Germany
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
  • Bishop of Rottenburg-Stuttgart (1989–1999)
  • Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (1999–2001)
  • Cardinal-Deacon of Ognissanti in Via Appia Nuova (2001–2011)
MottoVeritatem in caritate ("truth in charity")
Coat of armsWalter Kasper's coat of arms
Styles of
Walter Kasper
Coat of arms of Walter Kasper
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeRottenburg-Stuttgart (Emeritus)

Early life

Born in Heidenheim an der Brenz, Germany, Kasper was ordained a priest on 6 April 1957 by Bishop Carl Leiprecht of Rottenburg.

From 1957 to 1958 he was a parochial vicar in Stuttgart. He returned to his studies and earned a doctorate in dogmatic theology from the University of Tübingen. He was a faculty member at Tübingen from 1958 to 1961 and worked for three years as an assistant to Leo Scheffczyk and Hans Küng, who was banned from teaching by Vatican authorities because of his views on contraception and papal infallibility.

He later taught dogmatic theology at the University of Münster (1964–1970), rising to become dean of the theological faculty in 1969 and then the same in Tübingen in 1970. In 1983 Kasper taught as a visiting professor at The Catholic University of America. He was editor of the Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche.

Bishop of Rottenburg-Stuttgart

Kasper was named Bishop of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany's fourth largest Catholic diocese, on 17 April 1989. He was consecrated as a bishop on 17 June that same year by Archbishop Oskar Saier of Freiburg im Breisgau; Bishops Karl Lehmann and Franz Kuhnle served as co-consecrators. In 1993 he and other members of the German episcopate signed a pastoral letter which urged allowing divorced and civilly remarried German Catholics to return to the sacraments, to the disapproval of then Cardinal Ratzinger and Pope John Paul II.[1] In 1994, he was named co-chair of the International Commission for Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue.


He was elevated to the cardinalate by Pope John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, as Cardinal-Deacon of Ognissanti in Via Appia Nuova.

Kasper was one of a dozen or more like-minded cardinals and bishops who met annually from 1995 to 2006 in St. Gallen, Switzerland, to discuss reforms with respect to the appointment of bishops, collegiality, bishops' conferences, and the primacy of the papacy as well as the Church's approach to sexual morality. They differed among themselves in varying degrees, but shared the view that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was not the candidate they hoped to see elected at the next conclave.[2]

Upon the death of John Paul II on 2 April 2005, Kasper and all major Vatican officials automatically lost their positions pending the election of a new pope. He was a cardinal elector in the 2005 papal conclave. On the following 21 April, Pope Benedict XVI confirmed him as President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

On 21 February 2011, he was promoted to Cardinal-Priest, having made the option for such. Therefore, the church of Ognissanti became pro hac vice title, but will again be a cardinal diaconate for his future successor there.

Kasper was the oldest cardinal eligible to vote in the Papal conclave of 2013, having been 79 when the Papacy became vacant. His 80th birthday was on 5 March 2013, a few days after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. His eligibility to serve as an elector ended when that conclave concluded.

Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

On 3 March 1999, Kasper was appointed Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity – and as such, President of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews – and resigned from his post in Rottenburg-Stuttgart.

Reconciliation with Jews

He was critical [3] of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith document Dominus Iesus (2000), which he believed was an offense to the Jewish people.

In 2003, he wrote a text called Anti-semitism: A wound to be healed for the European Day of Jewish Culture.[4] On 10 July 2004, at the Latin-American Rabbinical Seminary of Buenos Aires, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and the Angelo Roncalli Committee presented Kasper the "Memorial Mural Award" for his lifetime dedication to the causes of understanding and reconciliation between Jews and Catholics.[5]

International Theological Commission

Kasper was a member of the International Theological Commission, an advisory body to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. On several occasions, in his capacity of President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, he led the annual official delegation of the Holy See to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople for the Feast of St Andrew the Apostle. In August 2007, he led the Catholic delegation to the funeral of Patriarch Teoctist of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

Society of Saint Pius X

In January 2009, Kasper told The New York Times that he had little, if any, input on whether to lift the excommunication of four bishops of the Society of Saint Pius X.[6] Kasper was distancing himself from the scandal that ensued when it transpired that one of the bishops, Richard Williamson, was found to have claimed that reports about the Holocaust were exaggerated and that no Jews died in Nazi gas chambers. As the Vatican official responsible for relations with the Jewish religion, Kasper felt it necessary to comment on the action and the process leading up to the lifting of the excommunications. He said that: "Up to now people in the Vatican have spoken too little with each other and have not checked where problems might arise." He said that in lifting the excommunications "there were misunderstandings and management errors in the Curia."[7]

Comments on Britain

In September 2010, Cardinal Kasper withdrew from the papal visit to Great Britain, after reportedly saying that Heathrow Airport gives the impression of a Third World country and that the United Kingdom is marked by "a new and aggressive atheism".[8] In an interview with a German magazine, he was quoted as saying: "When you land at Heathrow you think at times you have landed in a Third World country". Kasper's secretary explained it as "a description of the many different people that live in Britain at the moment".[9] He said that when one wears a cross on the British Airways "you are discriminated against", a reference to the British Airways cross controversy. British Airways said that Kasper had been "seriously misinformed" in his claims about the airline, and that "It is completely untrue that we discriminate against Christians or members of any faith".[8]

A spokesman for the Church in Britain said that Kasper's remarks were not the views of the Vatican or of the Church.[8] The cardinal's secretary said that Kasper had decided not to travel because gout made it difficult for him to walk.[9] He also explained the cardinal used "aggressive atheism" to describe people like Richard Dawkins, a prominent atheist, who have been very critical of the Pope and talked about making a "citizens arrest" of the Pope while in Britain.[9]

Criticism of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion

Cardinal Kasper has criticized the Church of England policies in relation to female priests and the elevation of women to the episcopate. He expressed his views in the address given to the Church of England Bishops' Meeting at 5 June 2006.[10] He said that the ordination of women as bishops would "call into question what was recognized by the Second Vatican Council (Unitatis Redintegratio, 13), that the Anglican Communion occupied 'a special place' among churches and ecclesial communities of the West." He warned that the "restoration of full church communion... would realistically no longer exist following the introduction of the ordination of women to episcopal office."[11] He spoke at the 2008 Lambeth Conference, criticizing sharply the departures from Christian orthodoxy taken on women clergy and episcopate and even more by some member churches of the Anglican Communion on allowing the blessing of same-sex unions and non-celibate homosexual clergy. He called at the occasion for a new Oxford Movement to rise among Anglicanism.[12]

Pope Francis

Pope Francis, on 17 March 2013, four days after his election as Pope, called Kasper "a clever theologian, a good theologian" in the course of a sermon in which he reported that Kasper's book on mercy "did me a lot of good".[1][13]

Proposal of admission at communion of remarried couples

Cardinal Kasper's proposal to admit to communion the Roman Catholic couples who have remarried, while still being legally married according to the Church's doctrine, is the most controversial question in which he has been involved in so far during the pontificate of Pope Francis. On 21 February 2014, Kasper said at the cardinals Consistory held in Rome that "The Church cannot question the words of Jesus on the indissolubility of marriage. Whoever expects the Consistory and the Synod to come up with “easy”, general solutions that apply to everyone, are mistaken. But given the difficulties which families today face and the huge rise in the number of failed marriages, new paths can be explored in order to respond to the deep needs of divorced people who have remarried as part of a civil union, who recognise their failure, convert and after a period of penance ask to be re-admitted to the sacraments."[14] The proposal was met with hostility by some members of the College of cardinals, including Gerhard Müller, Raymond Burke, Walter Brandmüller, Carlo Caffarra and Velasio De Paolis, who co-authored the book Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church, released in English on October 2014, to refute Kasper's proposal.[15] Kasper later admitted that he didn't have Pope Francis' support on his proposal.[16] He praised Pope Francis encyclica Amoris Laetitia, saying that the correct interpretation is that it allows the admission of divorced and remarried people to communion in some individual cases.[17]

2014 General Synod

During the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in 2014, Cardinal Kasper told reporters that since African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries have a "taboo" against homosexuality, "they should not tell us too much what we have to do."[18] Once the story broke, he denied that he made any such comment. The reporter who wrote the story, Edward Pentin, subsequently produced a recording of the conversation, which verified that the Cardinal had made those statements.[18] Cardinal Raymond Burke called Kasper's remarks "profoundly sad and scandalous".[19] Kasper subsequently confirmed that he had had the conversation, and offered this response for one of his remarks:

If one of my remarks about Africans was perceived as demeaning or insulting, then I am honestly sorry. That was and is not my intention, and not my view at all. No one will deny that Africa's culture is different from Europe's in many respects. But I have been in Africa too often not to esteem African culture highly.[20]

Kasper also said parts of the Catholic media were engaged in a "deliberate dirty tricks" campaign against him, and said that "The fact that Catholic media (and unfortunately a cardinal in person) should participate in it, in order to tear down another position morally, is shameful."[20][21]

Book on the Eucharist

Cardinal Kasper published a book entitled Sacrament of Unity: The Eucharist and the Church, in 2005, a reflection on the Eucharist partly inspired by John Paul II's encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia. He insisted on the sacrificial character of the Eucharist, an aspect somewhat overshadowed after the Council.

Book about Jesus Christ

Cardinal Kasper's book Jesus The Christ (1974) treats Christology in three manners: a contemporary approach, a historical approach and a factual approach. After these three approaches have been exhausted, the Christological themes of resurrection, mystery, and priesthood are treated. Ecclesiology is seen as part of Christology in this book because the Church is oriented towards Christ in his person, since Christ did not only say things, but he also did things.[22]


Cardinal Kasper has published 17 books on subjects related to theology and Christology.

  • Das Absolute in der Geschichte. Philosophie und Theologie der Geschichte in der Spätphilosophie Schellings (1965)
  • Glaube und Geschichte (1970)
  • Einführung in den Glauben (1972)
  • Jesus der Christus (1974)
  • Zur Theologie der Christlichen Ehe (1977)
  • Der Gott Jesu Christi (1982)
  • Leben aus den Glauben (1995)
  • Theologie und Kirche (1987, 1999), 2 volumes
  • Leadership in the Church (2003)
  • Sakrament der Einheit. Eucharistie und Kirche (2004)
  • Wege in die Einheit. Perspektiven für die Ökumene (2005)
  • Wo das Herz des Glaubens schlägt. Die Erfharung eines Leben (2008), with journalist Daniel Deckers
  • Katolische Kirche: Wesen - Wirklichkeit - Sendung (2011)
  • Barmherzigkeit: Grundbegriff des Evangeliums - Schlüssel christlichen Lebens (2012)
  • Das Evangelium von der Familie. Die Rede vor dem Konsistorium (2014)
  • Papst Franziskus - Revolution der Zärtlichkeit und der Liebe (2015)
  • Die Botschaft von Amoris Laetitia. Ein freundlicher Disput (2018)


  1. ^ a b Coday, Dennis (17 March 2013). "Francis preaches mercy, forgiveness on first papal Sunday". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  2. ^ Pentin, Edward (26 September 2015). "Cardinal Danneels' Biographers Retract Comments on St. Gallen Group". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Dominus Iesus". Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  4. ^ Anti-semitism: A wound to be healed
  5. ^ Cardinal Walter Kasper distinguished by the Wallenberg Foundation and the Angelo Roncalli Committee
  6. ^ Healing schism, pope risks creating another
  7. ^ Glatz, Carol (3 February 2009). "Vatican official laments lack of communication that fueled controversy". Catholic News Service. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  8. ^ a b c BBC News: Pope aide pulls out of trip after Third World jibe
  9. ^ a b c Palmer, Richard (16 September 2010). "Pope's aide calls 'atheist' Britain Third World land". Daily Express. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  10. ^ ENGLAND: Forward in Faith welcomes remarks by Cardinal Walter Kasper, Virtue Online, 6 June 2006
  11. ^ Church of England's Impending Ordination of Women Bishops Poses Ecumenical Challenge, Virtue Online, 10 July 2014
  12. ^ At Lambeth, Cardinal Kasper Calls for Another Newman, Article by Sandro Magister, Espresso Online, 31 July 2008
  13. ^ Pope Francis (17 March 2013). "Angelus". The Holy See. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  14. ^ Kasper's proposal for remarried divorcees, Article By Andrea Tornielli, Vatican Insider, La Stampa, 21 February 2014
  15. ^ Cardinals Collaborate on Book to Defend Church Doctrine on Divorce, Remarriage, Article By Elise Harris, National Catholic Register, 9 September 2014
  16. ^ Cardinal Kasper Backpedals on Papal Endorsement of Controversial Proposal, Interview by Raymond Arroyo, National Catholic Register, 4 June 2015
  17. ^ Cardinal Kasper: the controversy over Amoris Laetitia is now over, Catholic Herald, 12 December 2017
  18. ^ a b "Kasper's comments breed online controversy over racism charges". Catholic News Agency. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  19. ^ "Cardinal Burke to CWR: confirms transfer, praises pushback, addresses controversy over remarks by Cardinal Kasper". Catholic World Report. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  20. ^ a b "Cardinal Kasper apologizes for remarks about Africans; says he is victim of "shameful" attacks". Catholic World Report. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  21. ^ "Kardinal Kasper entschuldigt sich für Afrika-Äußerungen" (in German). 20 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  22. ^ Walter Kasper, Jesus the Christ, translated by V. Green, Kent — New Jersey 1976, p.16

Further reading

  • Huhtanen, Tiina (2016). Event of the Radically New: Revelation in the Theology of Walter Kasper (Ph.D. thesis). University of Helsinki. ISBN 978-951-51-2045-8.
  • Antonio Russo, Walter Kasper, in Enciclopedia filosofica, Milano, Bompiani, 2006
  • Antonio Russo, Walter Kasper: Chiesa cattolica. Essenza, realtà, missione, in «Studium», 5, 2012, pp. 761–77
  • Antonio Russo, Walter Kasper e Martin Lutero in prospettiva ecumenica, in «Studium», 4, 2016, pp.626-63
  • Antonio Russo, Walter Kasper tra scienza ed ecclesiologia, in «Osservatore Romano» del 4 marzo 2018, p.6
  • Antonio Russo, Walter Kasper. Cattolicismo vivente sotto la parola di Dio , Roma, Edizioni Studium, 2018.
  • Antonio Russo, Schelling and Twentieth Century Catholic Theology. The case of Walter Kasper, in «International Journal of Philosophy and Theology», 1-2, 2019, pp.160-177.

External links

  • "Kasper Card. Walter". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 4 September 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  • Antonio Russo, Walter Kasper, in Enciclopedia filosofica, Milano, Bompiani, 2006.
  • Atonio Russo, Walter Kasper: Chiesa cattolica. Essenza, realtà, missione, in «Studium», 5, 2012, pp. 761–774
  • Antonio Russo, Walter Kasper e Martin Lutero in prospettiva ecumenica, in «Studium», 4, 2016, pp.626-631
  • Antonio Russo, Walter Kasper tra scienza ed ecclesiologia, in «Osservatore Romano» del 4 marzo 2018, p.6.
  • Antonio Russo, Walter Kasper. Cattolicismo vivente sotto la parola di Dio , Roma, Edizioni Studium, 2018.
  • Antonio Russo, Schelling and Twentieth Century Catholic Theology. The case of Walter Kasper, in «International Journal of Philosophy and Theology», 1-2, 2019, pp.160-177.
  • Kasper's biography at
  • Kasper's views on Dominus Iesus
  • "Islam is a Different Culture". SPIEGEL ONLINE: Interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper, 18 September 2006.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Georg Moser
Bishop of Rottenburg-Stuttgart
Succeeded by
Gebhard Fürst
Preceded by
Edward Idris Cassidy
President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
3 March 2001 – 1 July 2010
Succeeded by
Kurt Koch
Brother Roger

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Cardinal electors for the 2013 papal conclave

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The GCCUIC’s leadership role in ecumenism extends to facilitating deeper relationships and understandings within the United Methodist connection and with other churches in the Methodist family. For example, the GCCUIC and United Methodist Communications developed a DVD/CD, Can We Talk? Christian Conversations About Homosexuality, that facilitates the building of understanding among United Methodist Church members who may disagree on the controversial issue of homosexuality. The resource does not advocate a position, but teaches methods of holy conferencing around potentially divisive issues and provides material for church groups to explore their positions within theological and biblical parameters. The Commission’s relationships with other Methodist bodies are mainly facilitated through its membership in the World Methodist Council and the Pan-Methodist Commission.

The GCCUIC has engaged in bilateral dialogues to further United Methodist relationships with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Episcopal Church, and the Roman Catholic Church. The UMC and ELCA are now in full communion. An agreement of Interim Eucharistic Sharing has also been reached between the UMC and the Episcopal Church. A statement with a study manual, Make Us One With Christ, has been distributed for joint study in local congregations. Dialogues with the Catholic Church included a visit to Vatican City in April 2006, where Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Walter Kasper of the Pontifical Council for the Promoting Christian Unity received an official United Methodist delegation and discussed aspects of dialogue and relationship and the global nature of the two communions. In addition, GCCUIC continues to initiate and pursue dialogues with other faith communities.

The United Methodist Church’s relationships with other church bodies are also strengthened through the GCCUIC’s membership in the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America (NCCCUSA) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). Recently, NCCCUSA initiatives have included a focus on addressing poverty and church development through the Special Commission for the Just Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast. Plus, the eradication of poverty, malaria, and HIV-AIDS has been a focus of the WCC.

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The GCCUIC is committed to ecumenism, interfaith dialogue, and unity within The United Methodist Church. It is unified through the one body and one Spirit to witness to “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). Working to discover how divine grace is evident in other faith communities, the Commission helps discern how to be Christian neighbors and witnesses. As a result, the GCCUIC fully commits to representing The United Methodist Church in fulfilling Christ’s mission.

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Adam Kasper, American record producer

Antonín Kasper (disambiguation), several people with this name

Dave Kasper, American soccer player

Debbie Kasper, American television writer and comedian

Gail Kasper, American television host

Gian-Franco Kasper (born 1944), Swiss ski official

Herbert Kasper (born 1926), American fashion designer

Jan Kasper (1932–2005), Czech ice hockey player

John Kasper (1929–1998), American activist

Kevin Kasper (born 1977), American football player in the National Football League

Kalle Käsper, Estonian writer

Len Kasper (born 1971), American television broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs

Ludwig Kasper (1893–1945), Austrian sculptor

Lynne Rossetto Kasper, American food writer and radio journalist

Manuela Kasper-Claridge (born 1959), German journalist

Nolan Kasper (born 1989), American alpine skier

Philip H. Kasper (1866-1942), American farmer and businessman

Rick Kasper, Canadian mason and politician

Steve Kasper (born 1961), Canadian ice hockey player

Walter Kasper (born 1933), German clergyman

Kurt Koch

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Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche

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Martin Roos

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Nikolaos P. Xionis

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Amongst his published works are:

Ουσία και ενέργεια του Θεού κατά τον Άγιο Γρηγόριο Νύσσης Ousia kai energeia tou Theou kata ton Gregorio Nusses (A study of essence and energy of God in Gregory of Nyssa), Athens, 1999.

Die Erkenntnis Gottes nach Walter Kasper, in Θεολογία (2001), ΟΒ´(1), pp. 167-282.

Θεολογικά και φιλοσοφικά στοιχεία στην σκέψη του Μπλεζ Πασκάλ και στον Υπαρξισμό(Blaise Pascal and Existentialism), Αθήνα, 2001.

Προλεγόμενα Θεολογικής Ανθρωπολογίας. Προχριστιανική, ετερόδοξη και ορθόδοξη θεώρηση του ανθρώπου ως προσώπου, Εκδόσεις Γρηγόρη, Αθήνα, 2007.

Contribution to: Markus Mühling (ed.) Gezwungene Freiheit? Personale Freiheit in pluralistischen Europa, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, 2009.

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Pope John XXIII wanted the Catholic Church to engage in the contemporary ecumenical movement. He established a Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity on 5 June 1960 as one of the preparatory commissions for the council, and appointed Cardinal Augustin Bea as its first president. The secretariat invited other churches and world communions to send observers to the council.


Propitiation, also called by some expiation, is the act of appeasing or making well-disposed a deity, thus incurring divine favor or avoiding divine retribution.

Regina Caeli

Regina caeli (Ecclesiastical Latin: [reˈdʒina ˈtʃeli]; English: Queen of Heaven) is a musical antiphon addressed to the Blessed Virgin Mary that is used in the liturgy of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church during the Easter season, from Easter Sunday until Pentecost. During this season, it is the Marian antiphon that ends Compline (Night Prayer) and it takes the place of the traditional thrice-daily Angelus prayer.

The spelling Regina coeli is sometimes found, but not in the official liturgical books. Formerly, like Pater noster qui es in coelis, this spelling was frequently but not exclusively used in some liturgical and other books.

Sister church

Sister churches is a term used in 20th-century ecclesiology to describe ecumenical relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches, and more rarely and unofficially, between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican communion. The term is also used among Protestants to refer to different denominations of the same religious tradition.


Supersessionism, also called replacement theology or fulfillment theology, is a Christian doctrine which asserts that the New Covenant through Jesus Christ supersedes the Old Covenant, which was made exclusively with the Jewish people.

In Christianity, supersessionism is a theological view on the current status of the church in relation to the Jewish people and Judaism. It holds that the Christian Church has succeeded the Israelites as the definitive people of God or that the New Covenant has replaced or superseded the Mosaic covenant. From a supersessionist's "point of view, just by continuing to exist [outside the Church], the Jews dissent". This view directly contrasts with dual-covenant theology which holds that the Mosaic covenant remains valid for Jews.

Supersessionism has formed a core tenet of the Christian Churches for the majority of its existence. Christian traditions that have traditionally championed Covenant Theology (including the Roman Catholic, Reformed and Methodist teachings of this doctrine), have taught that the moral law continues to stand.Subsequent to and because of the Holocaust, some mainstream Christian theologians and denominations have rejected supersessionism.The Islamic tradition views Islam as the final and most authentic expression of Abrahamic prophetic monotheism, superseding both Jewish and Christian teachings. The doctrine of tahrif teaches that earlier monotheistic scriptures or their interpretations have been corrupted, while the Quran presents a pure version of the divine message that they originally contained.

Unitatis redintegratio

Unitatis redintegratio (Latin for "Restoration of unity") is the Second Vatican Council's decree on ecumenism. It was passed by a vote of 2,137 to 11 of the bishops assembled, and was promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 21 November 1964. Its title is taken from the opening words of the Latin text. The opening of the document's English translation is: "The restoration of unity among all Christians is one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council."

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