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Catholic–Lutheran dialogue is a series of discussions which began during July 1964 as an outgrowth of the Second Vatican Council. These gatherings reflect the new openness of the Roman Catholic Church to dialogue with other Christian denominations as well as other religions. These dialogues have been primarily between by church representatives of the Lutheran World Federation and representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.[1][2]

The Lutheran–Roman Catholic Dialogue within the United States have been conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and the USA National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation. The Lutheran–Roman Catholic Dialogue brought the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) together to dialogue with the American Roman Catholic community. The LCMS has not participated in all discussions. Unlike the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the LCMS has not come to an agreement with the Roman Catholic Church due to differences in the understanding of various issues including faith, grace and sin.[3]

Ever since the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic–Lutheran dialogue culminating in the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (1999), and the Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Bishop Munib Younan (2017), which essentially resolved the core theological conflict of Martin Luther and subsequent adversaries.[4][5] This conflict was further eased by the Anglican Communion doing the same.[6][7]

Contents

Rounds of discussionEdit

Between July 1964 and 2010 over 50 sessions have been held taking up eleven rounds of topics as of 2015:[8]

  • I. The Status of the Nicene Creed as Dogma of the Church (1965)
  • II. One Baptism for the Remission of Sins (1966)
  • III. The Eucharist as Sacrifice (1968)
  • IV. Eucharist and Ministry (1970)
  • V. Papal Primacy and the Universal Church (1973)
  • VI. Teaching Authority & Infallibility in the Church (1978)
  • VII. Justification by Faith (1983)[9]
  • VIII. The One Mediator, the Saints, and Mary (1990)
  • IX. Scripture and Tradition (1995)
  • X. The Church as Koinonia of Salvation: Its Structures and Ministries (2004)[10]
  • XI. The Hope for Eternal Life (2010)[11]
  • XII. Ministries of Teaching (2011)[12]

Subsequent eventsEdit

 
Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona and the ELCA bishop of Southeast Minnesota leading a common commemoration in 2017 of the Reformation

Significant events following these dialogues included a joint statement on the doctrine of Justification by Faith issued in 1983 and the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification issued on October 31, 1999. In 2010, the Lutheran–Roman Catholic Dialogue completed a common statement entitled The Hope of Eternal Life. In 2015, Lutherans and Roman Catholics jointly issued the Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist, a ecumenical document marking greater visible unity between Catholics and Lutherans.[13][14]

The Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity will host a joint Ecumenical Commemoration event in Lund, Sweden scheduled for October 31, 2016. This will be a shared Lutheran–Roman Catholic commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the posting by Martin Luther of The Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. [15][16]

DocumentsEdit

Lutheran-Roman Catholic Joint Commission[17][18]
  • "First Official Report of the Joint Working Group" (1966)
  • "The Gospel and the Church" (1972)
  • The Eucharist (1978)
  • "Statement on the Augsburg Confession" (1980)
  • "Ways to Community" (1980)
  • "The Ministry in the Church" (1981)
  • "Martin Luther - Witness to Jesus Christ" (1983)
  • "Facing Unity. Models, Forms and Phases of Catholic-Lutheran Church Fellowship" (1984)
  • "Church and Justification" (1994)
Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue in the USA[17][19][20]
  • The Status of the Nicene Creed as Dogma of the Church (July 7, 1965)
  • One Baptism for the Remission of Sins (February 13, 1966)
  • The Eucharist (October 1, 1967)
  • Eucharist and Ministry (1970)
  • Differing Attitudes Toward Papal Primacy (1973)
  • Teaching Authority and Infallibility in the Church (1978)
  • Justification by Faith (1983)
  • The One Mediator, the Saints, and Mary (1990)
  • Scripture and Tradition (1995)
  • The Church as Koinonia of Salvation: Its Structures and Ministries (2004)
  • The Hope of Eternal Life (November 1, 2010)
Ecumenical Working Group of Protestant and Catholic theologians in Germany[17]
  • "The Condemnations of the Reformation Era - Do They Still Divide?" (1986)
Lutheran–Roman Catholic Commission on Unity
  • From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017 (2013)[21]
Joint Declarations

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue". The Lutheran World Federation. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  2. ^ "From Conflict to Communion. Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017". The Lutheran World Federation. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "The Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue in the United States". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  4. ^ "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification". Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. 31 October 1999. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  5. ^ http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/10/31/full-text-joint-declaration-for-the-500th-anniversary-of-reformation
  6. ^ http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2017/10/archbishop-welby-to-present-acc-reformation-resolution-to-catholic-and-lutheran-leaders.aspx
  7. ^ http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2017/10/lutherans,-catholics-methodists-reformed-and-anglicans-drawn-into-deeper-communion.aspx
  8. ^ Mathew Block (January 8, 2015). "50 Years of Lutheran Roman Catholic Dialogue". First Things. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  9. ^ "Joint Declaration On The Doctrine Of Justification". The Vatican. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  10. ^ "U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue Began Round Ten". Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. September 18, 1998. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  11. ^ "Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue continues 'Hope of Eternal Life' theme". Ecumenism in Canada. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  12. ^ "U. S. Catholic-Lutheran Dialogue Begins Round XII, Theme: Ministries of Teaching". United States Conference of Catholic Bishop. November 1, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  13. ^ Cardinal Edward Cassidy. "The Meaning of the Joint Declaration on Justification". CatholicCulture.org. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  14. ^ "Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity". Institute on Religion and Public Life. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  15. ^ Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017 The Vatican
  16. ^ "Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund". The Lutheran World Federation. January 25, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  17. ^ a b c d "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification". Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church. 31 October 1999.
  18. ^ "Lutheran - Catholic Commission on Unity (Formerly: The Joint Lutheran - Roman Catholic study commission on 'The gospel and the church')". Centro Pro Unione. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  19. ^ "Documents Produced by the Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue in the United States".
  20. ^ "Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue". The Lutheran World Federation. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  21. ^ Report of the Lutheran–Roman Catholic Commission on Unity (2013). "From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017". The Lutheran World Federation. Retrieved 23 October 2017.

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