Pope Francis will join with the Lutheran World Federation in a joint worship service in Lund, Sweden, on October 31, 2016, to celebrate Reformation Day.
To underscore, once again, conservative Lutheran bodies do not approve of joint services with those of other confessions. Neither do conservative Catholics. So we do have that in common, along with closed Communion, male-only ordination, pro-life convictions, traditional morality, and belief in the historic creeds. The LWF has gone wobbly on all of those issues, so I’m curious what unity the Pope hopes to find. I guess “justice, peace, and reconciliation” is more important than theology for all liberals and that the current pontiff is in that camp.
But setting that aside for now, some Protestants have wondered if they should celebrate Reformation Day. If the Pope celebrates it, they should too! [Read more...]