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Lutheran schism following decision to ordain active homosexuals

Catholic World News - August 16, 2010

At least three Lutheran congregations in east central Illinois are severing ties with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America following its decision to ordain active homosexuals. Lutherans opposed to the decision are forming a new denomination, the North American Lutheran Church.

“It’s a very strange day,” said Rev. Jeffray Greene. I feel more affinity with the Catholics and some Baptists.”

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  • Posted by: pcgondreau8983 - Aug. 16, 2010 11:41 PM ET USA

    Decisions like this only underscore how evident is the need for an authoritative Magisterial voice in the church.

  • Posted by: Lilacs2me - Aug. 16, 2010 8:53 PM ET USA

    Wondering why they don't join the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. They're pretty conservative, instead of found another denomination! Another unintended consequence of the Protestant Reformation!

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Aug. 16, 2010 11:59 AM ET USA

    Maybe this schism will bring more conservative Lutherans to consider entering the Catholic Church. The quoted Rev. Jeffray Greene seems to be thinking of it at least. God can bring good out of evil and maybe this is His way of showing Lutherans on the fence that they ought to enter the only ark of salvation--the Catholic Church.

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