On Reformation Day, October 31, the Pope will commemorate the Reformation in a common service with Lutherans in Sweden.
Michael Root, in The Christian Century, discusses the event, sponsored by the Lutheran World Federation, and gets into the difficulties it and related events scheduled for the 500th Anniversary of the 95 Theses have been posing for Catholics. Nothing is said about the difficulties they might pose for Lutherans.
But such unionistic services raise the question: Is the intention to celebrate (what Protestants are saying), commemorate (what Catholics are saying) or undo the Reformation (what would seem to be the ecumenical agenda)? [Read more…]