A Lutheran Specialist on Ecumenism Receives the Ratzinger Prize

Source: FSSPX News

Theodor Dieter.

The Ratzinger Price was awarded on November 18, 2017, to the Lutheran theologian Theodor Dieter, one of the major artisans of all the important joint statements by Catholics and Protestant in the past twenty years.

The Ratzinger Prize is sometimes called the “Nobel in Theology”. It is awarded for a theological work that is “open to the horizon” as the statutes of the Ratzinger Foundation that delivers the prize stipulate.

This is not the first time a non-Catholic has been rewarded; an Anglican received the prize in 2013 and an Orthodox theologian in 2016.

The winner of the 2017 Ratzinger Prize was thanked for his work in writing the Lutheran and Catholic Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in 1999, a major document for post-conciliar ecumenism.

This text, the fruit of long years of discussion, was successfully elaborated only thanks to a “differentiated consensus”, admitted Cardinal Walter Kasper himself, then president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. 

In a study addressed to all the cardinals in 2004, the Society of St. Pius X lamented the fact that the ecumenism that came out of Vatican II has:

...destroyed, as it were, the most beautiful treasures of the Church, for instead of accepting that Unity founded on the plenitude of truth, it would establish a new unity upon a truth that espouses error.