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The Failure of the Catholic Church in Postsecular Context?

  • Arno Tausch
  • Stanislaw Obirek
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Abstract

At the end of the fifties of the twentieth century, the Catholic Church entered into a new epoch of its history, thanks to the charismatic Pope John XXIII. Particularly two documents, accepted by the participants of the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), Nostra Aetate (Our Age) and Dignitatis humanae (On Human Dignity), were decisive in this process.

This chapter debates the contribution by the French historian Jules Isaac in this context. He made an important contribution to the study of Antisemitism in the years after the Holocaust. After the war, in the year 1947, Jules Isaac met with a group of Jewish and Christian intellectuals to whom he submitted the main theses of his work which were to form the basis for the so-called Ten Points of Seelisberg. They became one of the most important cornerstones of the Jewish-Christian dialogue.

This chapter argues that it is appropriate to introduce the concept of postsecularism as a kind of hermeneutical key for the present pluralistic character of contemporary societies.

Keywords

Second Vatican Council Nostra Aetate Pope John XXIII Antisemitism Catholic Antisemitism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arno Tausch
    • 1
  • Stanislaw Obirek
    • 2
  1. 1.University of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.American Studies CenterUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

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