I just heard on the radio that the Lutheran church in Germany is preparing the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation for 2017. It is currently being discussed at their synod near my place. Former bishop of the EKD (Evangelische Kirche Deutschlands) Margot Käßmann is said to have asked how Catholics could be invited to take part as well.
To be honest (though society would label me antiquated and a bigot), I find this idea outrageous and arrogant. Though I am happy about ecumenical relations, I could never agree to a proposal that invites Catholics to celebrate the anniversary of a schism and basically heresy. I admit that as a “mental convert” (still not formally) I am somewhat biased. But as I believe that the Catholic Church is founded by Christ Himself, I find it highly offensive to celebrate schism and heresy as something positive and arrogant to think one was on the same level as Christ’s Church.
I hope I do not sound like some fanatic, but I just wanted to share my view and invite comments. If this is the wrong forum, please move the thread.