Skip to comments.Catholics Should Learn from Luther, Pope Says in New Interview
Posted on 10/29/2016 4:25:19 PM PDT by marshmallow
Pope Francis said that Catholics can learn a great deal from Lutherans, in an interview published as he prepared for a trip to Sweden to join in commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
The Holy Fathers latest interview appeared in the Italian Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica. The Pope was interviewed by Father Ulf Jonsson, the editor of a Swedish Jesuit magazine, Signum.
Speaking about what Catholics should learn from Martin Luther, the Pope said: Two words come to my mind: reform and Scripture. He explained that Luther set out to reform a complex situation in the Church, but because of political considerations his effort caused a state of separation, and not a process of reform of the whole Church. Regarding Scripture, he said, Luther took a great step in putting the Word of God into the hands of the people.
Speaking more generally about ecumenical relations, the Pontiff said, Personally, I believe that enthusiasm must shift toward common prayer and the works of mercy rather than concentrating on theological discussions. To do something together is a high and effective form of dialogue, he said.
Responding to questions about the objections that were raised to a papal Mass in Sweden, the Pontiff said that he deliberately avoided scheduling a Mass on the same day as the ecumenical prayer service that he will lead, to avoid confusing plans. He added: The ecumenical encounter is preserved in its profound significance according to a spirit of unity; that is my desire.
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Dont the Lutherans he’s meeting up with believe in abortion and gay marriage?
Maybe Frances could be the Lutheran pope and we could have a real Pope?
There is a vast difference between Martin Luther and modern day Lutherans.
Married lesbian bishops.
Once again, Papa Francisco disgraces himself and embarrasses over a billion Catholics.
Oh, EPU, I LOVE your suggestion.
Luther hated Jews..Wonder if Francis wants us to emulate that????
He just doesn’t stop.
How insulted our Risen Lord must be.
What the HELL would we learn from Lutherans?? He is an anti-POPE!!
Many Catholics are suffering the reign of this Pope in respectful silence. The only solace is that there have been worse and the Church has survived.
We don’t want ‘im! Solve your own mess!
Alternately you can give him to the ELCA; they’re social justice gospel heretics anyways.
You’re joking, right? :)
Sounds like the name of a comedy skit on SNL
Did Luther warn against not believing in global warming?
However, Lutherans don't HAVE to believe or not believe in abortion and homosexual unions. They are allowed far more choice in what they want to believe.
They have no world-wide, national or state leader who speaks for them.
All you have to do is "Google" the question if Lutherans believe in abortion and homosexual unions. NO CLARITY at all.
You would THINK, wouldn't you, that the WORD OF GOD would be sufficient for them. The Bible is very clear about the union of ONE man and ONE woman.
As for homosexuality, it has ALWAYS been anathema, an abomination to ALL cultures of the world.
I do know that Islam forbids homosexuality.
I believe that abortion is allowed in SOME Muslim countries but not in the K.S.A.
I would THINK that abortion SHOULD be anathema to ALL Christians.
I have to say BS to this. I am a Catholic myself so I believe I can address this. The CATHOLIC CHURCH can learn alot from Luther. Catholic church goers did not offer absolutions for cash nor did they try to hide pedophile priests, the CATHOLIC CHURCH did. I love my religion. I detest my Church.
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I guess Pope Benedict, the "PANZER POPE" was CORRECT in saying that the worst evil of our times is RELATIVE MORALITY.
Two words come to my mind: reform and Scripture. It is amazing how we landed a goofball for a Pope. I miss the brilliance of B XVI, the leadership of JP II and the clarity of P XII. One thing for sure we can learn from Luther is that “God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient” (Eph 5: 6).
The deaths of many Catholics during the Reformation should be recalled boldly by every Pope.
Luther wouldn’t recognize the liberal “Lutherans” in Sweden, Germany or the USA for that matter.