Roman Catholics and the Lutheran World Federation made a splash a few years ago when they came to some agreements about Justification by Faith. But the much-hyped talk of the two parties getting together has floundered, since many of the liberal Lutherans of the LWF have jumped off the deep end, as far as Catholics are concerned, when it comes to issues of sexuality. Another limiting factor is women’s ordination, practiced by most LWF church bodies, but ruled out by Roman Catholics.
But now, the world organization of conservative Lutherans, the International Lutheran Council (ILC)–whose churches do not ordain women and continue to uphold traditional teachings about sexual morality–is starting talks with Rome. The goal is surely not union, nor papered-over agreements on justification and other important doctrines, but we’ll see what comes of it. (Any ideas of what might be some legitimate areas of agreement and co-operation?)
Mathew Block (yes, one “t” is correct), the communications director of the Lutheran Church-Canada, tells about it, including who is involved (including someone from the LCMS) after the jump. [Read more...]