British religion reporter Christopher Howse tells about a sermon from Pope Benedict XVI ‘s preacher, Fr. Raniero Cantalamesa, that basically concedes that Luther was right on justification. Well, sort of.
This was in the context of the Joint Declaration on Justification between the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation. We confessional Lutherans deny that this accord was a true agreement, but this sermon–published in the book Remember Jesus Christ–faults Catholics for neglecting justification. Howse’s discussion, however, also shows the differences that remain.