Catholic Stance Towards Non-Christian Religions

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Catholic Stance Towards Non-Christian Religions 2017-03-05T02:21:08+00:00


A Common Destiny in God

Humanity is one community with a common destiny in God. People turn to different religions in search of the same answers to fundamental questions as:

  • What is the purpose of life?
  • What is good and evil?
  • Where does suffering come from and what is its meaning?
  • What leads to happiness?
  • What lies beyond death?

The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men. Indeed, she proclaims, and ever must proclaim Christ “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), in whom men may find the fullness of religious life, in whom God has reconciled all things to Himself (Nostra Aetate, 2).

No foundation therefore remains for any theory or practice that leads to discrimination between man and man or people and people, so far as their human dignity and the rights flowing from it are concerned. The Church reproves, as foreign to the mind of Christ, any discrimination against men or harassment of them because of their race, color, condition of life, or religion (Nostra Aetate, 5).