Eriberto Lopez Asia The Nostra Aetate declaration means “In our Time” in Latin. It discusses the relationship of the Church with Non-Christians, which was proclaimed by Pope Paul VI on October 28th of 1965. “What happened in Christ’s passion cannot be charged against all the Jews, without distinction, then alive, nor against the Jews of today…. We cannot truly call on God, the Father of all, if we refuse to treat in a brotherly way any man, created as he is in the image of God. .. No foundation therefore remains for any theory or practice that leads to discrimination between man and man or people and people, so far as their human dignity and the rights flowing from it are concerned. The Church reproves, as foreign to the mind of Christ, any discrimination against men or harassment of them because of their race, color, condition of life, or religion. ” This is a quote from the Nostra Aetate.
What I believe it means is, the people of the world are getting closer as time progresses and strengthening their bonds. The Church is now looking closer to the relations between Catholics and Non-Catholics and other religions, in order to help continue this transition of peace. The Nostra Aetate declaration condemned discrimination and persecution, and specifically denounced anti-semitism. The Nostra Aetate declaration of the Second Vatican Council set in motion a dynamic that continues to shape the modern Church.
It is intended to be a teaching about the relation of the Church to people who belong to other religious traditions, with particular attention paid to Jews, Moslems, Hindus and Buddhists. Nostra Aetate continues to say that the “catholic church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions”(Nostra Aetate). Which means that now that it is our time in the modernist age it should not matter what one is devoted to as long as one does good. And through this tolerance all religions should come together, and put the past in the past.
All these religions share questions to the unsolved questions of the human condition. “What is man? What is the meaning of… life? ” what will happen when we die? (Nostra Aetate). These questions should not divide mankind in to separate religions but should bring them together in order to find the answers to the mysteries of humanity. Nostra Aetate dictates that in our time there should be no discrimination between men. And through this brotherhood we can achieve the answers that make the human heart restless.