Catholic World News

70 joint Catholic-Lutheran churches in Germany

January 08, 2016

There are 70 churches in Germany where Lutherans and Catholics worship at separate altars under the same roof, at times simultaneously, according to the German episcopal conference.

Recent German and Italian Catholic news reports noted that Louis XIV, the king of France from 1643 to 1715, ruled over parts of what is now western Germany and decreed that in every German town with a church, provision must be made for both Catholic and Lutheran worship.

There were thus many more similar interecclesial arrangements before the nineteenth century, when church communities began to go their separate ways, the pastor of the Lutheran community in Brauneberg told Katholisch.de.

References:

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 08, 2016 7:06 PM ET USA

    I suppose it's good to find so many German churches that are not closed in on themselves, rigid, and fundamentalist. But I have a question about the "interdenominational" arrangements. When did the Catholic Church become a denomination?