Cardinal Kasper calls for an ‘evangelical [i.e., Lutheran?] Catholicism and Catholic Protestantism’

Cardinal Kasper calls for an ‘evangelical [i.e., Lutheran?] Catholicism and Catholic Protestantism’

[We already have that in the likes of His Eminence and his ilk]

Catholic World News – June 08, 2017

The ecumenical Monastery of Bose recently hosted a conference on “justification, the Gospel of grace,” and L’Osservatore Romano has published excerpts of three of the talks.

André Birmelé, a Lutheran scholar and pastor in Alsace-Lorraine, spoke about “the logic of God,” and Sarah Coakley, an Anglican theologian who teaches at Cambridge, discussed “mercy and clemency.” Cardinal Walter Kasper, the president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, spoke about the “ecumenical Luther.”

The prelate argued that a key conclusion of the 1910 World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh—that Christian division is a leading obstacle to evangelization—is more true than ever.

In the beginning, Luther did not set out to form a separate church, but to launch “an evangelical conversion of the universal Church, which we would call today a new evangelization of the Church always in need of reformation,” the prelate said.

What is needed today, said Cardinal Kasper, is an “evangelical Catholicism and Catholic Protestantism” in which, building on shared unity grounded in baptism, Catholics and Lutherans jointly focus on evangelization.

“For common people, confessional debates have become obsolete,” he said. “If we do not want churches to empty even more, we need to focus on the essential.”

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2 comments on “Cardinal Kasper calls for an ‘evangelical [i.e., Lutheran?] Catholicism and Catholic Protestantism’

  1. Cardinal Kasper says:

    In the beginning, Luther did not set out to form a separate church, but to launch an evangelical conversion of the universal Church.

    The new meme of the “ecumenical Luther” among “modern” churchmen such Cardinals Kasper and Koch – no longer the “heretical Luther.” They should re-read his 95 theses (if they ever read them) to get an idea of his “ecumenism” and “call for conversion/evangelization/reformation.”

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