Pope Francis believes that the Reformation is over, that the breach with Luther and later Protestants has been healed. This is thanks to the Joint Declaration on Justification worked out between the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation. (Conservative, confessional Lutherans reject that document.) Moreover, Pope Francis has deep ties to Latin American evangelicals and charismatics.
As reported in the Catholic Herald, he has written a document declaring an end to the hostilities between Catholics and evangelicals, which he plans on issuing on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. [Read more...]