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Posted on 09/30/2009 3:35:28 PM PDT by NYer
.- Catholic, Lutheran and Methodist church leaders will mark the tenth anniversary of a joint agreement on the Doctrine of Justification in a meeting in downtown Chicago on Thursday. A service including Evening Prayer and tributes to the joint declaration will be held at Old St. Patricks Church, a press release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) reports.
The Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation signed the Joint Declaration on October 31, 1999. It was the product of nearly 35 years of Lutheran-Catholic dialogue in the United States and abroad.
Fr. James Massa, Executive Director for the USCCBs Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, said the anniversary is an historic moment on the journey toward Christian unity.
The Joint Declaration expressed a common understanding of how human beings are made right with God through the life-giving death of Jesus Christ, he added.
In 2006, the World Methodist Council also affirmed the joint declaration as an expression of how Methodists understand the nature of salvation as a gift that equips believers for good works of justice and compassion in the world.
USCCB president and Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Americas (ELCA) Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson will lead the prayer service. The service, which will begin at 6:30 pm, will include choral music and a solemn reading of the Word of God.
Bishop Hanson is also President of the Lutheran World Foundation, the global Lutheran partner to the Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, Chairman of the bishops Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, and Dr. Ishmael Noko, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, also will speak.
The president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, Bishop Gregory Palmer, will represent the United Methodist Church.
Attendees will include numerous Lutheran, Methodist and Catholic bishops and clergy and laity from various Christian traditions.
Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, was with Dr. Noko one of the four official signers of the Declaration ten years ago. He recently expressed hope that the Declaration would become a joint commitment to deepen our common prayer.
May it encourage us to continue our theological dialogue, and building on our common foundations, may it lead to an increase in joint witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he said.
Justification by faith was a point of theological controversy between Martin Luther and the Catholic Church in the period Protestants call the Reformation. Lutherans accused Catholics of believing in salvation by works, while Catholics held that Lutherans and other Protestants had divorced faith from the other two supernatural virtues of hope and love.
The Joint Declaration identified a consensus behind the controversy, saying Together we confess: By grace alone, in faith in Christs saving work and not because of any merit on our part, we are accepted by God and receive the Holy Spirit, who renews our hearts while equipping and calling us to good works.
More information on Catholic-Protestant relations is available at the website of the USCCB Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs: http://www.usccb.org/seia.
[...how human beings are made right with God through the life-giving death of Jesus Christ...]
Since Moslems do not subscribe to Christ and thinks the story of Our Lady is funny (from personal experience) - the next thing is to get on with the 9th Crusade and stamp out once and for all the cult of Islam!
The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) did NOT resolve the differences on this most important article of the Christian faith. It used vague language to hide contradictory views. The “Lutherans” who signed on to it were the liberal ecumaniac types, not the confessional Lutherans.
JDDJ was authored by the PC-followers of Rodney King.
It ain’t worth the “Charmin” it’s written on!
Its so difficult for some to speak of “forgiveness,” “redemption,” and “salvation” as being totally the gifts of a loving God, provided to us sinners through Jesus’ work of vicarious atonement along with the gift of a believing and saving faith.
I had just read this article prior to seeing your comment on the other thread and was compelled to share with you.
Together we confess: By grace alone, in faith in Christs saving work and not because of any merit on our part, we are accepted by God and receive the Holy Spirit, who renews our hearts while equipping and calling us to good works.
I meant no respect to your beliefs, God bless you in your walk with Him.
sorry, that was supposed to read: I meant no disrespect.