The National Catholic Review

October 24, 2005

Vol. 193 No. 12Whole No. 4708


In Our Time
On October 28, 1965, during the fourth and last session of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), Pope Paul VI formally promulgated the council’s Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-


The Genesis of Nostra Aetate
Thomas Stransky

Of the Second Vatican Council’s 16 promulgated statements, a total of over 100,000 words, by far the shortest is the “Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions,” also kno

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Yona Metzger
A well-known Jewish parable tells the story of a young man who was hiking on a journey.
The Spirit of the Declaration
Mona Siddiqui

The Catholic Church is unique in having a magisterium, a hierarchical structure through which declarations on teachings can come formally from “the center.” This, however, raises the question of wh

What Next?
Rabbi Leon Klenicki

The Latin words nostra aetate mean “in our time,” a fitting opening phrase for the declaration promulgated by the Second Vatican Council in 1965 that has truly transformed our time.

Progress in India
Michael Amaladoss

For the Catholic Church in India, Nostra Aetate came more as an encouragement than as a new beginning.

Relations With Muslims
John Borelli

The final volume of the History of Vatican II series (Orbis 1995-2005) presents Nostra Aetate as “the outcome of one of John XXIII’s original insights.” Ever since the idea for that declar

Books and Persons
John F. Kavanaugh
I have often wondered about the long-range value of writing, whether books or articles.

Books and Culture

Resisting Mugabe
Paul Wachter
Increasingly, the literary genre of the memoir has come to be associated with the second-rate politician and fourth-rate celebrity.
Flaws, Flaws
David G. Hunter
For more than 20 years James J. O’Donnell has been a leading figure in Augustinian studies.
Home to Contamination
Kristin Shrader-Frechette
Two decades ago, outside on the bow of a Norwegian ice-breaker, other scientists and I drank cognac poured over 10,000-year-old ice from a

Columns and Departments

The Word
Dianne Bergant
The Word
Who's Responsible Here?
Dianne Bergant
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
George M. Anderson