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Cardinal Koch: papal visit to Sweden could open path to full communion

October 31, 2016

As Pope Francis embarked on a two-day visit to Sweden, to join in commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity said that the papal trip could be an important step toward the restoration of full communion between Catholics and Lutherans.

Cardinal Kurt Koch said that it is “a very beautiful sign” that Catholics and Lutherans can join in a prayer service on the anniversary of the Reformation. In the past, he said, both groups tended to take a polemical approach to that anniversary, rather than looking for common ground. This week’s events, he said, reflect the progress made in “50 years of intensive theological dialogue.”

“I hope this event will be a good path for the future,” Cardinal Koch said.

 
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  • Posted by: DanS - Oct. 31, 2016 11:38 PM ET USA

    Post-Vatican II ecumenical efforts have amounted to capitulation on the part of the one true Chur h, which explains why the Ordinary Form of the Catholic Mass is, effectively, a copycat of the Anglican liturgy. The ecumenist movement, whatever its good intentions, has merely diluted the substance of the Faith and with that undermined the faithful.

  • Posted by: nix898049 - Oct. 31, 2016 12:57 PM ET USA

    Then why do I have such a bad feeling about this? It's the optics. Like when the Pope kissed the foot of the Moslem at the foot-washing on Holy Thursday. Catholics, as well as others, are bound to get the wrong idea about the one true faith.