This past Saturday evening the opening song was “God is a fortress and a rock” or something like that. Also, the next song in the hymnal was also authored by the same person. Upon reading who did the song, I learned that Martin Luther wrote the words. I believe that Bach did the music. My questions are these:
1) With what occurred during the split of the Catholic Church surrounding Luther, how can Catholics have such a song in the songbook to begin with?
2) How can Catholics sing such a song with knowledge that Luther wrote it?
The song itself is very basic in that it is not promoting a certain religious doctrine. It is honoring God for who he is. However, I am struggling with such a thing, to me the song being sung is honoring Luther.