Religion: What Luther Put Asunder

A group of 25 eminent U.S. Lutheran and Roman Catholic theologians last week issued a set of statements that marked a major step toward joining together what Luther put asunder just 453 years ago. The scholars urged that the Lutheran and Catholic churches recognize each other's authenticity and the validity of each other's Communion (Eucharist). The statement could well pave the way for widespread pulpit sharing and eventually even interCommunion between Lutherans and Catholics.

The theologians have been talking over areas of mutual agreement and disagreement since 1965, when the U.S. branch of the...

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