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Papal preacher devotes Lenten sermon to Protestant Reformation

April 07, 2017

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the Capuchin Franciscan friar who has served as preacher to the papal household since 1980, preached his final sermon of Lent 2017 to the Pope and members of the Roman Curia on April 7.

The topic of the sermon, delivered in the in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, was “‘the righteousness of God has been manifested’: the fifth centenary of the Protestant Reformation, an occasion of grace and reconciliation for the whole Church.”

The sermon had four sections:

  • The Origins of the Protestant Reformation
  • The Doctrine of Justification by Faith after Luther
  • Justification by Faith: A Doctrine of Paul or of Jesus?
  • How to Preach Justification by Faith Today


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Apr. 11, 2017 1:35 AM ET USA

    No wonder the number of young men studying for the Catholic priesthood has declined. It is news that concept of justification of being saved by faith alone as believed by the many protestant branches has now become mainline in Catholic belief. It is such preaching without clarity that is causing problems in the Church and the members in the pews.

  • Posted by: nix898049 - Apr. 07, 2017 11:18 PM ET USA

    How soon before we're promoting Luther's cause for sainthood?

  • Posted by: ALC - Apr. 07, 2017 7:01 PM ET USA

    Are you kidding me? Now we have to preach Luther's doctrine???