"The study of this topic 'The Church and the Faults of the Past" was proposed to the International Theological Commission by its President, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, in view of the celebration of the Jubilee Year 2000. .... The general discussion of this theme took place in numerous meetings of the subcommission and during the plenary sessions of the International Theological Commission held in Rome from 1998 to 1999. By written vote, the present text was approved in 'forma specifica' by the Commission, and was then submitted to the President, Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who gave his approval for its publication". -- Preliminary Note.
"The Bull of Indiction of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, 'Incarnationis Mysterium' (November 29, 1998), includes the purification of memory among the signs 'which may help people to live the exceptional grace of the Jubilee with greater fervor'. This purification aims at liberating personal and communal conscience from all forms of resentment and violence that are the legacy of past faults, through a renewed historical and theological evaluation of such events. This should lead -- if done correctly -- to a corresponding recognition of guilt and contribute to the path of reconciliation. Such a process can have a significant effect on the present, precisely because the consequences of past faults can still make themselves felt and can persist as tensions in the present". -- Intro., p. 10.
Contents: Preliminary Note -- Introduction -- The Problem: Yesterday and Today -- Biblical Approach -- Theological Foundations -- Historical Judgment and Theological Judgment -- Ethical Discernment -- Pastoral and Missionary Perspectives -- Conclusion -- Appendix: Homily of the Holy Father : "Day of Pardon" : Sunday, March 12, 2000 / John Paul II.
Catholic Church. Commissio Theologica Internationalis