Pope to Lutherans: In Christian unity, don't be afraid of the tough issues [CNA]

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/images/size340/Pope_Francis_celebrates_Mass_for_the_Feast_of_the_Presentation_of_Jesus_at_the_Temple_in_St_Peters_Basilica_Feb_2_2015_Credit_Daniel_Ibez_CNA_6_CNA_2_2_15.jpgVatican City, May 5, 2015 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians in pursuit of unity should not be afraid to broach potential areas of disagreement such as marriage, family, and sexuality, Pope Francis said in a meeting with the head of Sweden’s Lutheran church.

“All Catholic faithful” are invited “to take up, recognize the signs of the times, the way of unity for overcoming divisions among Christians,” the pontiff said during the private audience with Lutheran archbishop Uppsala Antje Jackelen.

Division, he said – speaking in reference to the Vatican II decree on ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio – is not only in opposition “to the will of Christ, but is also a scandal to the world and causes damage to the holiest of causes: the preaching of the Gospel to every creature.”

During the May 4 private audience at the Vatican, the Pope stressed that unity should be compelled by charity toward those suffering from poverty and violence, and those in need of mercy.

“Especially the witness of our persecuted brothers and sisters pushes us toward fraternal communion,” he said.

Pope Francis also warned against the avoidance of relevant issues today in the name of ecumenism. Topics, such as the respect for the dignity of the human person, or those pertaining “to the family, marriage, and sexuality,” he said, “cannot be silenced or ignored out of fear of putting the already established ecumenical consensus into jeopardy.”

“It would be a shame if, in these important matters, new denominational differences were strengthened.”

In the area of promoting unity of Catholics and Lutherans, such as in “visible unity in faith” and sacramental life, there is still much to be done, the Pope said.

However: “We can be certain that the Spirit Paraclete will always be light and strength for spiritual ecumenism and theological dialogue.”

The pontiff also acknowledged the upcoming anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, as well as the joint document “From Conflict to Communion” published by the Lutheran-Catholic commission for unity.

He expressed his hope that this initiative would encourage further steps toward unity, with God's help, “and our collaboration with Him and one another.”

Born in Germany, Jackelen is the first female head of the Lutheran church in Sweden, and the nation's first foreign archbishop since the 12th century.

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Jon

Hoping for unity, but unclear how the issues of the Papacy and female clergy (just to name two) could be reconciled? :shrug:

I’ll work on those Lutherans who ordain women to give if you work on the pope to give on universal jurisdiction. Deal? :smiley:

Jon

Sure thing, Jon.

I’ll bring that up during our weekly teleconference on Tuesday morning. :thumbsup:

I’ll let ya know how that goes…

Yes read about this.

Some Lutherans were upset because the Holy Father referred to her as Mrs Jackelen. The Church does not view her as being ordained so not sure what the fuss is about there. She tweeted that she was happy with the meeting.

It’s great that these meetings are occurring however many non-negotiable differences exist and these should not be glossed over or dismissed by lay people.

It’ll probably go as well as trying to convince the ELCA and others about female ordination. :rolleyes:

Jon

Erm, yeah. Good luck with that. :wink:

I loved what I read in Sunday’s bulletin from one of my local Roman Catholic parishes:

“Let us celebrate the unity we have with other Christians and work together to heed the Lord’s great commission to bring the Good News to our weary world.”

I almost couldn’t believe what I was reading in what was a Catholic bulletin and it might just be a sentiment or mission of that particular parish or its pastor. But its so true. Christians are united in the most important of all: A belief in the Savior Lord Jesus Christ. He breaks down walls and brings the good news of redemption to the world. That is a unity which is indeed cause for such celebration and working together. Despite differences on things such as the gender of clergy or whether a physical RP or spiritual presence or symbol, and other things where there is not agreement. Sometimes I think Christians spend so much time on these differences that they miss the main event.

:thumbsup: Absolutely, Sy!

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