DOMINUS IESUS: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD. Talk Handout. I. Proclamation as Spiritual Warfare (Walkthrough of 2 Cor ). A. God’s Strategy: Enlighten all. Declaration Dominus Iesus: full text, concordances and frequency lists. So much for the Congregation’s own synthesis of Dominus Jesus. . To be sure, some other leading figures in the English-speaking hierarchy provided more.

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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Louvain Studies 36 doi: The document attracted a lot of attention — mostly, negative. Many Catholics and non-Catholics believed its asser- tions were out of step with the teachings and interfaith activity of Pope John Paul II.

Some went so far as to claim the Declaration was a distortion of them. This article will review the contents of Dominus Iesus as well as reactions to it.

It will show that the CDF Declaration derives iesuss from John Paul II himself; that it is part of his Ordinary Ennglish that it reflects his own thought on Christ, the Church, and the salvation of non-Catholics; and, that it does not contradict his interfaith activity.

The document attracted a lot of attention — mostly, of a controversial nature — from within and without the Church. It will argue dominuus following: Christ is the Mediator. I would like to thank the following people for having read and commented on earlier versions of this article: Pope and Charles Hefling eds. Orbis Books, The official Latin text has been published in: The Declaration also states: DI invites theologians to explore whether and in which way the historical figures and positive elements of other religions might fall 5.

New Guide Puts “Dominus Iesus” in Perspective – ZENIT – English

Jesus constituted the Church as a saving mystery. Although not identical to Him, she is nevertheless inseparably united with Him; and, He continues the work of salvation through her. The Church is present to humanity as the Body of Christ and, therefore, is necessary for salvation.

Anyone who is not a formal, visible member of the 6. According to theologian James L. A Comprehensive Study, ed. Orbis Books, ] DUNN Church can still be saved through a grace mysteriously related to her no. Yet, one cannot over- look other aspects of those religions which are based on superstition and error, and can provide obstacles to salvation ibid. It does not extend to the content of the Faith — much less to Jesus Christ in relation to other religious founders ibid.

The CDF inserts a footnote here maintaining that this is how the famous axiom, Extra Ecclesiam nullus omnino salvatur, should be understood. See Pope and Hefling eds. I give you a Quran. You give me a Bible and some papal documents. DUNN over three decades of ecumenical dialogue.

Vatican II … opened up many possibilities of relationship which had been closed before … [W]e see [DI] as part of a sustained effort by Catholic conservatives to deny the growing relationship and respect between and among the different ecclesial communities. It is not an irrevocable text for Catholics … because it fails to represent fully the profoundest teaching of Vatican II concerning divine salvation and the religions of the world.

Clooney expressed in strong terms why he thought the state- ment was ill-advised: Centuries of missionary work have not convinced [non-Christians] that their souls are in peril; they are not worried about their lack of union with Rome; they have no reason to revere the document as the work of a flawless magisterium; they will be amused or upset by its characterization of their traditions as gravely deficient; and they will want to know whether there are still good reasons why they should engage in dialogue with Roman Catholics, whatever reasons Catholics themselves might have.


By my own count, though, his tally is off: Arch- bishop Rembert G. Weakland of Milwaukee, WI since retiredwrote: To them it is bound to seem out of keeping with the elevated and open tone of the documents of Vatican Council II. At times the Roman authorities have found it necessary to speak more plainly and less diplomatically for the sake of truth and fidelity.

Dominus Iesus did precisely that in its treatment of the unique- ness of Christ and of the Catholic Church. Kasper himself retired from the post in July Pawlikowski, Paul Griffiths, Francis X. Clooney, Robert Cathey, and Mary C. But the encyclicals Ut Unum Sint or Redemptoris Missio, which treated these themes with different language, actually carry his own signa- ture.

And this is a beautiful difference. Convention Held in Milwaukee Juneed. Catholic Theological Society of America, Even when Cassidy or Kasper could not attend a meeting, each received all of the documentation on the matters discussed. Now, presence and witness, prayer and liturgy, dialogue and social work, which are all part of evangelisation, do not have the goal of increasing the number of Catholics. Not only was [DI] not formulated with Jews in mind; Jews, we are sometimes told, are entirely excluded from the purview of its controversial assertions.

DUNN in its proper and theological meaning, does not imply any attempt of proselytism whatsoever italics in original. Therefore, he remarks on the fact that the Catholic Church has no missionary organization directed at Jews: But, DM appears to say that spreading the Gospel which implies the offer of accepting Christ and His Church is an integral part of Mission, and not something which can be abstracted from it. He also contends that Evangelization does not have the goal of proselytizing people into the Catholic Church, of making more Reflections and Orientations on Dialogue and Mission, 10 Mayno.

Francesco Gioia Boston, MA: In that sense, he is right: The Catholic Church does not intend to proselytize anyone. He may also mean that Evangelization is not the sole end or only reason for perform- ing any one of the practices he names above. In other words, there are good reasons to pray and worship, to teach the Faith, to dialogue with non-Christians, to engage in social work besides that of increasing the number of people who belong to the Church.

One is being honest about what one believes, and what can be wrong with that?

Official Teaching of Catholic Church Officially, DP is categorized as an Instruction: DI, however, shows that they do not really agree. If the Church could not declare authoritatively on dokinus those issues of the Christian Faith, then Imbelli concluded the Magiste- rium no longer served any legitimate role: That did vominus mean Fredericks was satisfied with every aspect of the Declaration. Since he had not promul- gated it under his own signature like a Papal Encyclical, the inference seemed to be that it was merely the product of a particular dicastery within the Roman Curia, namely, the CDF.


The Roman Curia is the complex of dicasteries and institutes which help the Roman Pontiff in the exercise of his supreme pastoral office for the good and service of the whole Church and of the particular Churches. Given its central role in explaining and defending Catholic doc- trine, the CDF retains a special place amongst the other Vatican dicas- teries, such that its statements participate in the Ordinary Magisterium DUNN of the Popes. The document outlines how the Pope ful- fills his universal mission of teaching on matters of Faith and Morals with the help of the CDF: Sullivan, SJ, in his book Creative Fidelity, wherein he describes: The pope exercises his universal teaching office, without intending to make definitive pronouncements, in his encyclicals, apostolic letters and exhortations, and other documents … He can also exercise his teaching office by his explicit approval of doctrinal statements which are promulgated for the whole church by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith emphasis added.

His role, however, was customarily delegated to a Cardinal-Secretary. Paulist Press,19 cf. Any document of the CDF which has been offi- cially promulgated in the usual way by the Pope at the very least par- ticipates or shares in his Ordinary Magisterium.

That document, then, would become an act of the Pope himself, even though it did not come directly from his own hand or appear englih his own signature. I believe that this situation applies to DI, as I hope to show below. Just as there is only one Jesus Christ, there is only one Body of Christ Which is necessary for domnus ibid. He has revealed to mankind who he is. This definitive self-revelation of God is the fundamental reason why the Church is missionary by her very nature.

Orbis Books, ] 8. He cites LG, no. The Pope disclaimed in no uncertain terms the indifferentist, relativistic mentality which said one religion was as good as another ibid. Yet, John Paul II is clear: The Dominhs offers a paraphrase of the doctrine of LG, no. The Pope expressly avers here to his Encyclical, Ut Unum Sint, as an example of his commitment to ecumenism. Clearly, he was well aware about what the CDF was up to.

The Analysis of the declaration Dominus Iesus

This is the way that, when the obstacles to perfect ecclesiastical communion have been gradually overcome, all Christians will at last, in a common celebration of the eucharist, be gathered into the unity of the one and only church.

Christ bestowed this unity on his church from the begin- ning. Alba Domijus, ] no. Pope and Hefling eds. What did the Pope mean?

According to John M. Huels, there are two types of papal approval for Church dominsu The nature of the document does not change, and it remains an act of the Curial authority which has produced it.

Approval in forma specifica by the Roman Pontiff, however, means that he effectively intends to make a Curial statement his own.