Which branch of Judaism?

Catechism of the Catholic Church

839 The relationship of the Church with the Jewish People. When she delves into her own mystery, the Church, the People of God in the New Covenant, discovers her link with the Jewish People, “the first to hear the Word of God.” The Jewish faith, unlike other non-Christian religions, is already a response to God’s revelation in the Old Covenant. To the Jews “belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ”, “for the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”

(Rom 11:29)



Based on the above Catholic teaching, which pretty much says Judaism is without a doubt true with a path to salvation especially because the Covenant is eternal and irrevocable, which branch of Judaism does the Church recognize?

Is it Judaism in general, Judaism from 2,000 years ago, Judaism in its present form?

Are all branches viewed the same way? Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, etc.?

Not to toot my own horn, but this post I recently made in another thread may be of use to you:


Is it Judaism in general, Judaism from 2,000 years ago, Judaism in its present form?

Which branch of Christianity brings salvation?

In the end, we are all brothers and sisters made from the same Creator.

The argument that the “Judaism of today” is not the same as Judaism of 2,000 years ago is a false argument. This argument is commonly used in certain far right-wing circles to degrade and insult the Jewish faith by accusing “rabbinic Judaism” as being a “false religion”.

This line of argument is both unbecoming of a Christian, and a highly distorted misunderstanding of modern Judaism. For every “change” that rabbinic Judaism has made to the Jewish faith since the fall of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, you can cite hundreds of ways in which modern rabbinic Judaism has held fast to adhering to both the spirit and the letter of Mosaic Law.

Are all branches viewed the same way? Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, etc.?

As humans, I think we would be hard pressed to make these kinds of judgments as to which branch of Judaism (or Christianity for that matter) is authentic.

Judaism is true as far as it goes, certainly, since it is a truly revealed religion – but where do you get the idea that it is independently salvific, in Catholic eyes. All who are saved are saved through the sacrifice of Christ and by membership in His Body. The Church allows that a person may be saved while outwardly and innocently remaining in another religion, unaware of the contribution of Christ and the Church to his salvation, but no one is saved by belonging to another religion, as though there are multiple paths.

Naturally since Judaism does not worship Jesus as God then it is false and satanic.

Settle down there, killer.

You sure you’re Catholic? I only ask because you keep saying things that are contrary to the teachings of the OHCA Church.

Jesus was Jewish. You claim Judaism is “false and satanic”, therefore you must think Jesus himself was an adherent to a false and satanic religion. :eek:

When you think it though, your statements aren’t as :cool: as you think.

This document presents Catholic reflections on these questions, placing them in a theological context, in order that their significance may be deepened for members of both faith traditions. The text is not a magisterial document or doctrinal teaching of the Catholic Church, but is a reflection prepared by the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews on current theological questions that have developed since the Second Vatican Council.

The document you listed itself admits it is not a teaching of the Magisterium, and the document has likewise been viewed as pushing very, very close to crossing lines that shouldn’t be crossed.

The Catholic Church does not teach that Judaism can save a soul per se, but rather that invincible ignorance could possibly save a practitioner of such a religion who has never been Baptized, even as it is admitted that we cannot determine with certainty which of these souls will be saved.

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