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From Vatican Radio

Quote:Pope Francis will travel to Sweden in October for a joint ecumenical commemoration of the start of the Reformation, together with leaders of the Lutheran World Federation and representatives of other Christian Churches.

The event will take place on October 31st in the southern Swedish city of Lund where the Lutheran World Federation was founded in 1947. While kicking off a year of events to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, it will also highlight the important ecumenical developments that have taken place during the past 50 years of dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans.

Sure, why not?  It's not like Lutherans murdered, raped, and tortured our fellow Catholics. Why wouldn't we embrace their blatant heresy?

Quote:The one-day event will include a common worship service in Lund cathedral based on a Catholic-Lutheran “Common Prayer” liturgical guide, published earlier this month by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).

Here's a sample of some of the "gems" of that guide: "Thanks be to you O God for the many guiding theological and spiritual insights that we have all received through the Reformation. Thanks be to you for the good transformations and reforms that were set in motion by the Reformation or by struggling with its challenges. Thanks be to you for the proclamation of the gospel that occurred during the Reformation and that since then has strengthened countless people to live lives of faith in Jesus Christ."

Quote:The commemoration in Lund follows on directly from the publication in 2013 of a joint document entitled ‘From Conflict to Communion’, which focuses on the themes of thanksgiving, repentance and commitment to common witness. While asking for forgiveness for the divisions of past centuries, it  also seeks to showcase the gifts of the Reformation and celebrate the way Catholics and Lutherans around the world work together on issues of common concern.

"Gifts of the Reformation"? Like what? Chaos and the dismemberment of Christ's Body?

Quote:Please see below the joint press release from the LWF and the PCPCU on the joint ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation in Lund

Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Younan and General Secretary Junge to lead October event

GENEVA/VATICAN CITY, 25 January 2016 - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Catholic Church will hold a joint ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation on 31 October 2016 in Lund, Sweden.

Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan and General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge will lead the Ecumenical Commemoration in cooperation with the Church of Sweden and the Catholic Diocese of Stockholm.

Like Francis or no, a Lutheran "bishop" should not be equated with the Vicar of Christ, especially not in an official Vatican press report!

Quote:The joint ecumenical event will take place in the city of Lund in anticipation of the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017. It will highlight the solid ecumenical developments between Catholics and Lutherans and the joint gifts received through dialogue. The event will include a common worship based on the recently published Catholic-Lutheran “Common Prayer” liturgical guide.

“The LWF is approaching the Reformation anniversary in a spirit of ecumenical accountability,” says LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge. “I’m carried by the profound conviction that by working towards reconciliation between Lutherans and Catholics, we are working towards justice, peace and reconciliation in a world torn apart by conflict and violence.”

Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) explains further: “By concentrating together on the centrality of the question of God and on a Christocentric approach, Lutherans and Catholics will have the possibility of an ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation, not simply in a pragmatic way, but in the deep sense of faith in the crucified and resurrected Christ.

“It is with joy and expectation that the Church of Sweden welcomes The Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church to hold the joint commemoration of the Reformation in Lund,” says Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén. “We shall pray together with the entire ecumenical family in Sweden that the commemoration will contribute to Christian unity in our country and throughout the world.”

“The ecumenical situation in our part of the world is unique and interesting. I hope that this meeting will help us look to the future so that we can be witnesses of Jesus Christ and His gospel in our secularized world,” says Anders Arborelius OCD, Bishop of the Catholic Church in Sweden.

The Lund event is part of the reception process of the study document From Conflict to Communion, which was published in 2013, and has since been widely distributed to Lutheran and Catholic communities. The document is the first attempt by both dialogue partners to describe together at international level the history of the Reformation and its intentions.

Earlier this year, the LWF and PCPCU sent to LWF member churches and  Catholic Bishops’ Conferences a jointly prepared “Common Prayer”, which is a liturgical guide to help churches commemorate the Reformation anniversary together. It is based on the study document From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017, and features the themes of thanksgiving, repentance and commitment to common witness with the aim of expressing the gifts of the Reformation and asking forgiveness for the division which followed theological disputes.

The year 2017 will also mark 50 years of the international Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, which has yielded notable ecumenical results, of which most significant is the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ). The JDDJ was signed by the LWF and the Catholic Church in 1999, and affirmed by the World Methodist Council in 2006. The declaration nullified centuries’ old disputes between Catholics and Lutherans over the basic truths of the doctrine of justification, which was at the center of the 16th century Reformation.

What in the blue hell...

No, it does no such thing.  It can't do anything like that.  At best, the JDDJ is a misguided attempt to shoehorn Lutheranism into the modern Church, but it does so by whitewashing what Luther said completely.  If any Lutheran actually believes what that document says, then they're as far from Luther as Nuns on the Bus are from Mother Cabrini.  In particular, the rehabilitation of sola fidea eviscerates the term completely.  It basically defines this as that we're saved by Faith through our coperation with Divine Grace in various ways.  Or, you know, what Catholics in essence have said since Trent.

The bottom line is that the Pope is publicly celebrating the Reformation. Mark Shea,Jimmy Akin, Jeffery Mirus and the usual suspects will use their academic erudition to nuance this into something orthodox, but for those if us who've got no time for academic fudging will see this for what it is--the leader of the Roman Catholic Church celebrating Luther and Protestantism.

Overall though i guess I'm not surprised and won't change the way i operate. I'm not responsible for anyone but myself.
I cant but help to really start to believe we actually are in the end times,,,i mean really  short end times.  How in the world is it even possible to try and bring any new people into the Catholic Church?  It is not safe to take them to the local Catholic Church for any sound Catholic  teaching.  It would be so utterly impossible to explain  to any person outside of the REAL Catholic Faith to understand  what has happened to the Church.  It actually seems like the Church has become what the protestants called the Whore of Babylon. :( Say it ain't so.....
Another meaningless childish get together
Either we are in the end times, or Francis is not a valid pope.  Benedict still wears the white cassock, and Cardinal Daneels admitted to a conspiracy plot during 2005 papal conclave, which Bergolio was a part of, to elect a liberal.

Either way I do not expect anything less from Francis.
Well, when you take this into account, it all starts to make perfect sense:

So just line up and apologize to Luther, Calvin, Zwinglii, Henry VIII, et al for all the mean things that were said to them while they were spreading heresy and ripping the Body of Christ to shread.
How long oh Lord?
Realistically I imagine every Pope from Paul VI on would have probably celebrated the Reformation in some fashion. Something completely changed around the time of the Council when it came to the way the Popes said and did things. Francis is not much different than Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI in the ecumenical department.

Why not just visit and support the very small group of practicing Swedish Catholics in a country that is infested with liberalism and socialism? The Lutherans are-to my guess-not interested in converting to Catholicism.
(01-25-2016, 08:34 PM)Sequentia Wrote: [ -> ]Why not just visit and support the very small group of practicing Swedish Catholics in a country that is infested with liberalism and socialism? The Lutherans are-to my guess-not interested in converting to Catholicism.

Because he hates Catholics.
He's a raging apostate
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