German bishops praise Luther as ‘teacher of the faith’

German bishops praise Luther as ‘teacher of the faith’

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Catholic World News – August 12, 2016

The German Catholic bishops’ conference has issued a report praising Martin Luther as a “teacher of the faith.”

The Reformation in Ecumenical Perspective, a document of over 200 pages, argues that the Protestant Reformation was too often seen by Catholics “in a negative, derogatory light.” The report– issued by Bishop Gerhard Feige of Magdeburg, the chairman of the German bishops’ ecumenical commission– praised Luther for his “concern for renewal in repentance and conversion.”

The document went on to welcome closer ties between Catholics and Protestants, pointing especially to a joint Catholic-Lutheran statement issued in 1980 and a later 1999 statement on the question of justification. While doctrinal differences remain, the report says, they should “no longer have a Church-dividing effect.”

Reference: Martin Luther was a ‘teacher of the faith’, say German bishops (Catholic Herald)

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