>By the time I became a Catholic in 1984, Jews were
>no longer considered heretics but still God's Chosen
Revelation 7:3-8: the "servants of God" who are "sealed upon their
foreheads" are 12000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel... (and are
distinct from the "great multitude... from every nation, from all tribes and
peoples and tongues")
>since 'God does not go back on his promises.'
Paul's Letter to the Romans - chapters 10 & 11 are particularly relevant in
this context. The latter starts "I ask, then has God rejected his people? By
no means!" (11:1) and also contains "... but as regards election they are
beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the call of God
are irrevocable." (11:28-29). Some complex thinking in Romans that I shan't
even attempt to repeat here [pause as everyone sighs with relief...]
>I suspect the idea was first broached by John 23 but
>rammed through into doctrine by John Paul II.
I think that's right - hence JP2's managing to go to Israel recently without
too much fuss... I *think* (and I am certainly no expert) that this was an
effort to shift some Medieval thinking out of the way and get back to the
New Testament. The sort of thing, in fact, that has led some Catholic
extremists to regard the current Pope as a heretic!!!