In my discussions of Pope Benedictís September 20 statement I have provided links to my earlier entry on Nostra Aetate, the 1965 Declaration by which the Church included Muslims in the community of faith and salvation. I urge those who have not read this brief article to do so. As a result of what the pope said on the 20th, we now realize that Nostra Aetate is the very framework within which he thinks about Islam and that, as long as it remains so, his criticisms of Islam will never come to a definite and serious point. His criticisms will be no more than unprincipled exceptions to Nostra Aetate, indulged in on occasion, as in the Regensburg address, but soon abandoned.
If the Church is to resist its age-old and now resurgent enemy, the pro-Islam sections of Nostra Aetate must be repealed, or, at least, be allowed to slip into desuetude.