Cardinal Koch: it is better to commemorate the Reformation than to celebrate it
[It is better to debunk it than to romanticize or rehabilitate it]
Catholic World News – December 07, 2016
The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity told a French Catholic newspaper that it is better to “commemorate” the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation than to “celebrate” it.
In commemorating the Reformation, said Cardinal Kurt Koch, “we first stress the gratitude for a history that is not only constituted by 500 years of conflict, but is also marked by the last 50 years of intensive dialogue.”
“We must then do penance,” he continued, for the Reformation “did not bring about the renewal of the Church desired by Luther, but division and the terrible confessional wars, notably the Thirty Years’ War.”