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Catholic bishops in Germany have praised Martin Luther as a "gospel witness and teacher of the faith" ahead of the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant reformation next year.

The bishops' conference published a 206-page report, "The Reformation in Ecumenical Perspective" last week, and called for close ties with Protestants as the country prepares to host the celebrations in 2017.

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The report, published on Tuesday, said Luther's emphasis on the importance of the Bible should be recognised by Catholics.

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But a spokesman for the Magdeburg diocese told the Catholic News Service (CNS) that the Reformation continues to cause tensions in Germany especially "in religiously separated families".

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The ecumenical commission's deputy chair, Bishop Heinz Algermissen of Fulda told the CNS that although Catholic-Lutheran relations had improved in Germany, churches must work for "visible unity, not just reconciled diversity" off the back of the 500th anniversary.

"This means not only praying together, but meeting the challenge of speaking with one voice as Christians when we are all challenged by aggressive atheism and secularism, as well as by [radicalised] Islam. Otherwise we will lose more and more ground," he said.

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A couple of possibilities:

1)  The German bishops don't want to offend the sensibilities of the rest of the German population who still belong to the EDK.

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2)  The German Catholic bishops gave up on being genuinely Catholic a long time ago.
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Catholic bishops in Germany have praised Martin Luther as a "gospel witness and teacher of the faith" ahead of the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant reformation next year.

The bishops' conference published a 206-page report, "The Reformation in Ecumenical Perspective" last week, and called for close ties with Protestants as the country prepares to host the celebrations in 2017.

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The report, published on Tuesday, said Luther's emphasis on the importance of the Bible should be recognised by Catholics.

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But a spokesman for the Magdeburg diocese told the Catholic News Service (CNS) that the Reformation continues to cause tensions in Germany especially "in religiously separated families".

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The ecumenical commission's deputy chair, Bishop Heinz Algermissen of Fulda told the CNS that although Catholic-Lutheran relations had improved in Germany, churches must work for "visible unity, not just reconciled diversity" off the back of the 500th anniversary.

"This means not only praying together, but meeting the challenge of speaking with one voice as Christians when we are all challenged by aggressive atheism and secularism, as well as by [radicalised] Islam. Otherwise we will lose more and more ground," he said.

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Catholic bishops in Germany have praised Martin Luther as a "gospel witness and teacher of the faith" ahead of the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant reformation next year.

The bishops' conference published a 206-page report, "The Reformation in Ecumenical Perspective" last week, and called for close ties with Protestants as the country prepares to host the celebrations in 2017.

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The report, published on Tuesday, said Luther's emphasis on the importance of the Bible should be recognised by Catholics.

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But a spokesman for the Magdeburg diocese told the Catholic News Service (CNS) that the Reformation continues to cause tensions in Germany especially "in religiously separated families".

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The ecumenical commission's deputy chair, Bishop Heinz Algermissen of Fulda told the CNS that although Catholic-Lutheran relations had improved in Germany, churches must work for "visible unity, not just reconciled diversity" off the back of the 500th anniversary.

"This means not only praying together, but meeting the challenge of speaking with one voice as Christians when we are all challenged by aggressive atheism and secularism, as well as by [radicalised] Islam. Otherwise we will lose more and more ground," he said.

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Sorry, Mina! Here:

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/german.catholic.bishops.praise.teacher.of.the.faith.martin.luther.ahead.of.reformation.500th.anniversary/93270.htm

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German Catholics, like the Pope, are fairly liberal.

In the 20th century there has been a lot of engagement by Catholic academics with Luther as a theologian.

The more I read Luther, the more I am convinced that he was basically correct early in his career on justification by faith without works, and you will find similar statements by other catholic doctors.   I also believe his distinction between Law and Gospel, also discovered early in the Refromation, is useful.  And his break with scholasticism was probably the right move.  But as the controversy went on, he became a fundamentalist by modern standards- it's noteworthy that he attacked Copernican science long before the Pope did.   Some of his statements about themes we would identify as solus Christus are reckless and would potentially damn a great many Christians throughout history as lacking true faith.  He's too critical and polemical in the end, and conservative Protestants have followed him for the most part in becoming polemical robots against all things they perceive as threats to their fragile faith (it's not surprising that sadly his last sermon was against the Jews of Germany).

I believe Brother Roger of Taize was onto something, the only way Protestants and Catholics can be reconciled is to honestly engage with each others traditions.  So maybe the bishops are onto something. 
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Aren't all kind of Orthodox bishops planting trees in that Reformation garden of theirs?

I remember reading about this:

https://www.lutheranworld.org/news/lutheran-orthodox-commission-celebrate-reformation-anniversary

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The international dialogue between Lutheran and the Orthodox churches in 2017 will include a celebration to mark 500 years of the Reformation.

Members of the Lutheran-Orthodox Joint Commission made this decision at the 16th Plenary session, held 28 April-5 May, in Rhodes, Greece. “It is an important ecumenical signal that the Lutherans and Orthodox will be celebrating the Reformation together,” said Rev. Dr Kaisamari Hintikka, LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations.

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