BERLIN (Reuters) - With Pope Benedict keen to bring Christian churches closer, these should be heady times for Catholics and Protestants eager to bridge age-old differences and pray and work together more frequently.
Rome has never had a pope as familiar with Protestant thinking as the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a German theologian well versed in reformer Martin Luther's writings.
Cardinal Walter Kasper, his top aide for ecumenical dialogue, is another theologian from Germany, where the roughly even balance of Protestants and Catholics makes good relations between churches more important than in other countries.
Germany's leading Protestant prelate, Bishop Wolfgang Huber, sees these as good omens but doubts they will translate into a burst of breakthroughs soon.
FOR ALL THE SUGAR/HONEY COATED HERETICAL SATANIC-VATICANIST VOMIT THAT THE SATANIC-VATICAN HAS TO OFFER PRESENT AND FORMER ROMAN "CATHOLIC" CULTISTS -- I WOULD PREFER BECOMING AN ORTHODOX HASIDIC MESSIANIC JEW RATHER THAN APOSTACIZE AND BECOME A TWO-FOLD CHILD OF HELL-FIRE BY "BACKSLIDING" INTO THE SATANIC ROMAN "CATHOLIC" CULT OF POPISH "JESUITIC" VATICANISM! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Zac, all too true. The Catholic Church has so many heresies, and any one of them, would make this organization completely condemned by God. Don't worry, G.G., an anti-Christian like the Pope, he can only believe in untruths. Ecumenism with false churches is wrong, q.v.,
14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. 15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. 16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. 21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him... 25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. 26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. 27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. (Proverbs 7)
God is a jealous God and He will NOT tolerate any spiritual adultery.
2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. 3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. (Nahum 1)
The Antichrist in Vaticanus Rome will never agree with the True Protestant Christian Church. Don't forget GG the true Protestant Church obeys the Word of God. (Sola Scriptura). Whereas, as you know, the Popery of Rome make it up as they go along, and they've been doing that for centuries. The RCC Dogma Superstition and Heresy Precludes them becoming a part of the Real Christian Church and it's Doctrine.
However it does seem prevalent at this moment in history that the Liberals will join the RCC - so don't be completely down hearted!!
The article says that Pope Benedict XVI was 'well versed' in ML's writings, not "taken in by them". Lets hope that he knows ML's faulty thinking well enough to point it out to his hapless followers. A 'bridge' is meant as a way for people from both sides to meet in the middle and cross back and forth. People with the 'hubris' to denounce other people need Jesus worse than their victims do. First, Joseph... go pry that telephone pole from thine eye, then we'll talk!
If this man (Ratziner) really knows and respects Luther, let him stand up, admit his part in the errors of Rome, denounce the pomps of it all and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, not a piece of bread. Until he, and all of the Romanists realize that no dialogue can bridge the fixed gulf between us outside of a relationship with a living Saviour and not trusting in what happened to them as infants, plus their works, no Protestant has any business doing anything with them other than denouncing them and preaching Jesus to them! These are dangerous times to live in and all Bible Believers had best be wary.