Catholicism Engaging Other Faiths

Vatican II and its Impact

  • Vladimir Latinovic
  • Gerard Mannion
  • Jason Welle, O.F.M.

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gerard Mannion
      Pages 3-14
    3. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran
      Pages 15-22
  3. Nostra Aetate: A New Vision in Our Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald
      Pages 25-39
  4. Vatican II’s Impact on Interfaith Method

  5. The Fruits and Future of Vatican II’s Opening to Other Faiths

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Francis X. Clooney S.J.
      Pages 305-316
    3. Leo D. Lefebure
      Pages 317-320
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 321-331

About this book


This book assesses how Vatican II opened up the Catholic Church to encounter, dialogue, and engagement with other world religions. Opening with a contribution from the President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, it next explores the impact, relevance, and promise of the Declaration Nostra Aetate before turning to consider how Vatican II in general has influenced interfaith dialogue and the intellectual and comparative study of world religions in the postconciliar decades, as well as the contribution of particular past and present thinkers to the formation of current interreligious and comparative theological methods. Additionally, chapters consider interreligious dialogue vis-à-vis theological anthropology in conciliar documents; openness to the spiritual practices of other faith traditions as a way of encouraging positive interreligious encounter; the role of lay and new ecclesial movements in interreligious dialogue; and the development of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. Finally, it includes a range of perspectives on the fruits and future of Vatican’s II’s opening to particular faiths such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.


Nostra Aetate Rahner Logos Spermatikos St. Bonaventure Jews and Catholics

Editors and affiliations

  • Vladimir Latinovic
    • 1
  • Gerard Mannion
    • 2
  • Jason Welle, O.F.M.
    • 3
  1. 1.Tübingen UniversityTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of TheologyGeorgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA
  3. 3.Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic StudiesRomeItaly

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