Kamis, 03 Maret 2011

Lutherans Seek Full Communion with Catholic Church

In an interview with The Portal,  a new publication devoted to the ordinariate of Anglican communities received into the Catholic Church, reported that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has begun to receive requests from Lutherans to establish a similar canonical structure that would allow them to enter the Catholic Church while retaining aspects of the Lutheran heritage. “The Holy Father will do all he can to bring other Christians into unity” Father Hermann Geissler [1

The publication also states:
Pursuing the question of Unity, we were reminded that unity is not just an option, it is a duty. Jesus prayed “That they may be one.” Unity is the express will of Our Lord. When Christians are divided, they are unfaithful. Christians must be united so that “the world may believe.” The two go together, Mission and Unity. Fr Hermann said, “The Ordinariate promotes unity and is a powerful instrument for unity, it will help Christians to be evangelists.” [2]

I think Martin Luther would roll over in his grave!

Luther taught that salvation was a free gift of God's grace in Jesus as redeemer from sin. The Catholic Church teaches that salvation comes through membership in the Catholic church. Luther's theology challenged the authority of the Pope by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge. Luther opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. [3]

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