The prefect of the Vatican congregation of the faith cardinal Gerhard Ludwig müller, finds that among Catholics, “there is no reason to celebrate the anniversary on 31 October 1517 – the date of commencement of the reformation, which led to a split in Western Christianity”.
He said this in his book “the hope Report”, released in late March, the publishing house of the Spanish Episcopal conference. According to the German cardinal, it is impossible “to agree that there are sufficient reasons to break with the Church.” It also warns against false interpretations of ecumenism that lead to “the relativization of truth and non-critical perception of modern ideologies”.
In December 2014, Pope Francis, speaking about the 500 anniversary of the reformation, urged Lutherans and Catholics to ask each other forgiveness for the mistakes committed in the past by each party. And in may 2015, the Pontiff expressed the wish that the coming anniversary was for Catholics and Lutherans incentive to seek unity.
March 25 this year in his homily on Good Friday in the Vatican Basilica, the preacher of the Pontifical house, Raniero Cantalamessa said that the Christian world is “in debt” of the reformation because Martin Luther was allowed to rediscover the meaning of God’s justice, according to “Blagovest-info” with reference to the Catholic information Agency I. MEDIA.
Recall that Pope Francis is going to participate in the meeting, which will be held on October 31 this year in the city of Lund located in southern Sweden. The visit will take place within the framework of the world summit of representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran world Federation (LWF). On October 31 499 years ago, Martin Luther made public his theses, reformed Church. In Sweden, a meeting described as historic.
“For the first time in the last 500 years Lutherans and Catholics have come to agreement not only on common history, but on the common commitment for the future,” he wrote in the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, the Swedish Church Archbishop Antje Jackelen, explaining the importance of the meeting.
“Obviously, we are talking about pretty noticeable and very significant gesture for dialogue”, – stressed the head of the press service of the Vatican priest Federico Lombardi.
Observers drew attention to the fact that the announcement about the upcoming participation of the Pope in a joint ceremony with Lutherans was made by the Holy see on the concluding day of the traditional Week of prayer for Christian unity.
The importance of the upcoming Ecumenical ceremony in Lund was also highlighted in a joint statement, the LWF and the Pontifical Council for promoting Christian unity. The letter stated that the ceremony will be headed by Pope Francis, the LWF President Munib Younan and the General Secretary of the Federation, Martin Junge. The statement also indicates that this event is intended to demonstrate “significant progress in relations between Catholics and Lutherans and mutual gifts happening from the dialogue.”