The Second Vatican Council in the Hearts and Minds of Global Catholics: The Open Society, Catholic Antisemitism, and the Effects of Nostra Aetate



While the study of global Antisemitism received important new and global empirical insights from the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) 100 study (ADL, ADL 100 Index, 2014) covering more than 100 countries, comparative studies on Antisemitism among practicing global Roman Catholics are rather lacking. But Antisemitism is around in the world again, and it does so in staggering proportions. It is thus extremely important in view of Catholicism’s still existing role in Western society to find out whether or not practicing Roman Catholics are an exemption from these trends.

Our study focuses on indicators of Antisemitism of entire countries in comparison with their practicing Roman Catholic communities, i.e., those Catholics who attend Sunday Mass regularly, the so-called Dominicantes, which still make up some 45% of the global 1.3 billion Roman Catholics according to our population-weighted data. Our proxy results about the anchoring of Nostra Aetate in the hearts and minds of active global Catholics based on World Values Survey and other global opinion data are not optimistic.


World Values Survey Catholic Antisemitism European social survey Nostra Aetate Israel 


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  1. 1.University of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.American Studies CenterUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

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