I stumbled across this Q&A site put on by the Wisconsin Synod of the Lutheran Church.
I’m troubled by it because many of the questions here are regarding Catholic practice and dogma and many of the answers are ill-informed (at best) and downright anti-Catholic (at worst).
In response to a question on All Saints day, the answer read (in part):
The original purpose of remembering the saints and martyrs was blurred during the medieval ages, as saints became the objects of prayers and petitions for merit before God. Pointing to Christ as the only source of forgiveness, Luther cleansed the church of this abuse of the saints.
As if Catholics look toward Saints for forgiveness!
Another question on the topic of praying to saints reads in part:
There is nothing in the Scriptures that suggests that people in heaven can hear the requests of people on earth. Nor do we have any command in Scripture to address such requests to them. Therefore the practice of praying to the saints cannot come from faith because we have no command from God to take our requests to them nor do we have any promise from God that they can hear us.
In response to a question about how Lutherans can say that Catholics are wrong–since Jesus gave us the church himself, they responded:
Read the Bible. It says we are saved by faith alone, not by works. The Catholic church says we are saved by faith and works. Jesus says we have only one Father and he is in heaven. The Catholic church says the Holy Father is in Rome. Read the teachings of the Bible and read the teachings of the Catholic church. They can’t be the true church if their teaching contradicts the Bible.
How can we combat this kind of misinformation and bigotry being spread to our Lutheran friends?