Papist Celebration of the Reformation…

On Monday, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis will participate in a joint Lutheran-Catholic worship service in Sweden this October, kicking off a series of events planned for 2017 to commemorate the 500th anniversaryof the Reformation.

The effort to mend relations with Protestants has been on the agenda of many popes before Francis, but it is a delicate endeavor. The worship service in Sweden was billed by its sponsors, the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation, as a “commemoration,” not as a “celebration,” in order to avoid any inappropriate note of triumphalism. Some Catholics have criticized the notion of a pope celebrating the anniversary of a schism.

Francis addressed the troubled history between the Christian churches as he led an ecumenical vespers service at a basilica in Rome on Monday to mark the closing day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. He appealed for forgiveness for “the sin of our divisions, an open wound in the Body of Christ.”

He added that “when together the Christians of different churches listen to the word of God and try to put it in practice, they achieve important steps toward unity.”

All of which shows that Francis doesn’t understand the reason for the rift in the first place.  And whether he wants to admit it or not, Catholic theology is as far from Luther today as it was 500 years ago.  False unity is still a falsehood.

When Rome abandons Tradition as a source for revelation and embraces salvation by faith utterly without the mixing in of human effort, then it will be able to reunite with the Lutherans.  The rest of us would need a lot more from Rome on the meaning of the Supper and practical ecclesiology.

One thought on “Papist Celebration of the Reformation…

  1. Milton Almeida - The Grace Ambassador 12 Oct 2016 at 11:08 am

    “The effort to mend relations with Protestants has been on the agenda of many popes before Francis, but it is a delicate endeavor.”|
    I have to say this, although many won’t like it and haven’t liked it when I mentioned Brazil, but, growing up in Brazil, may erudite Priests, bishops, and others I had, as a baptist boy, contact in Brazil (which was unavoidable then) even during the John XXIII papacy, (yes I’m that old) would tell me like it is: We (The Roman Catholic Church), are not interested in “mending relations with Protestants”, we only SAY THAT; what we really want is for them to come under the authority of the Pope, as it has always been historically. Then we bring them back to our doctrine and order”. Many will say that Brazil is not the yard-stick with which to measure the papists, BUT THEY, the papists, SAY IT IS as the largest Roman Catholic (highly disputable) country in the world.
    So, I don’t believe in any of that. It is purely mise en scène just as these Romish cozy acting toward protestants we see in the USA! Roman Catholics have one megalomaniac desire: TO SEE THE WHOLE RELIGIOUSLY CHRISTIAN RECOGNIZED WORLD TO COME UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE POPE, the mother-ship church.
    Believe Rome for your own loss of identity.


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