Is Zionism anti-Catholic?


#1

Is Zionism opposed to the Catholic faith? I also want to know if there will be a mass conversion of Jews to Christ in the future?

What does the Church teach?


#2

Generally speaking, Jewish Zionism is a political movement that, before the establishment of the State of Israel, sought to establish a homeland for the Jewish people. Since the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, Jewish Zionism has mainly been support for the State of Israel. The Catholic Church has long been supportive of the existence of the State of Israel and, in 1994, established formal diplomatic relations with Israel.

Christian Zionism, on the other hand, is mainly a Protestant phenomenon that has supported the establishment of a Jewish state because of the dispensationalist belief that this is necessary for the Christian conversion of the Jewish people and, ultimately, for the Second Coming of Christ. Christian Zionists were influential in the establishment of the State of Israel, but mainly for different reasons than were Jewish Zionists.

As for Catholic teaching on the conversion of the Jews, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

The glorious Messiah’s coming is suspended at every moment of history until his recognition by “all Israel,” for “a hardening has come upon part of Israel” in their “unbelief” toward Jesus. St. Peter says to the Jews of Jerusalem after Pentecost: “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for establishing all that God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old.” St. Paul echoes him: “For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?” The “full inclusion” of the Jews in the Messiah’s salvation, in the wake of “the full number of the Gentiles”, will enable the People of God to achieve “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” in which “God may be all in all” (CCC 674).

Recommended reading:

Israel and the Church by Jimmy Akin
The Corporate Conversion of Israel by Jimmy Akin
Waiting to be Raptured by Carl E. Olson
Salvation Is from the Jews by Roy H. Schoeman


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