Catholics and Lutherans together for the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reform !

Source: FSSPX News

According to Cardinal Kurt Koch (on the picture with the lutheran pastor Olav Fykse Tveit), President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, when questioned by the German TV channel Deutsche Welle on Christmas, quoted by La Croix on January 5, the Holy See and the World Lutheran Federation have created a common commission to prepare the 500th anniversary of the Reform, which will be celebrated in 2017.

The objective, according to Cardinal Koch, is to succeed in “healing the memories”(sic) between the two religions.  “A common document will be published, in which we shall try to express the visions we can share of the Reform, the positive as well as the negative,” added the prelate, pointing out that “Martin Luther (did) not want to found a new Church.”  According to him, it was more a question of “renewing the Church”, and not of a “complete rupture”(sic).

For Cardinal Koch, Benedict XVI’s speech – at his meeting with the Bishops on Germany (EKD) on September 23, 2011, in Erfurt -, was very promising and “pointed out a path for the future. (…) The Pope may even have given the answers to questions that were not brought up originally, but that are none the less essential.”  The prelate insisted on the fact that he himself looked on the future of ecumenism in Germany “with great confidence”.  At the Vatican, too, “not a few have realized the positive way in which the Pope spoke of Luther in Erfurt and how positively he considers the roots of ecumenism.”

The President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity recognized that Catholics and Protestants still do not have “a common understanding of the Eucharist and the Lord’s Supper and that, for this reason, a common celebration of this sacrament is not yet possible.”  But this impossibility can also be a “great motivation to continue the dialogue in view of a ecclesial community,” he declared without batting an eyelash.

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