Lutherans: Under Observation

The trademark of the great modern religious assemblies is the "observer" from another faith, peering friendly and fascinated at the proceedings and often heralding a closer relationship. It was the observers who last week gave the Helsinki meeting of the Lutheran World Federation its unique flavor and suggestiveness. On hand was the first delegation ever sent by the Vatican to a conference of a world Protestant organization. The presence of the Roman Catholic observers brought up a basic ecumenical question: Is there a weakening in the historic split between Rome and...

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