Lutheran World Federation Invites Pope to Plan Reformation 500
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan has invited Pope Benedict XVI to work together with the Lutheran communion in realizing an ecumenically accountable commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
‚ÄúFor us there is joy in the liberating power of the gospel proclaimed afresh by the reformers, and we will celebrate that,‚ÄĚ said Younan in a message today, when he led a seven-member delegation in a private audience with the Pope. He underlined the need to recognize both the damaging aspects of the Reformation and ecumenical progress.
‚ÄúBut we cannot achieve this ecumenical accountability on our own, without your help. Thus we invite you to work together with us in preparing this anniversary, so that in 2017 we are closer to sharing in the Bread of Life than we are today.‚ÄĚ...
Agreed Warrel, and surely not all Lutherans would agree to this nonsense!
Martin Luther wrote: We here are of the conviction that the Papacy is the seat of the true and real Antichrist. I owe the Pope no other obedience than that I owe to Antichrist....I am persuaded that if at this time St. Peter in person should preach all the articles of holy Scripture and only deny the Pope‚Äôs authority, power and primacy and say that the Pope is not the head of all Christendom, they would cause him to be hanged. Yet if Christ Himself were again on earth and should preach without all doubt, the Pope would crucify Him again