Lutheran–Roman Catholic dialogue

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Lutheran–Roman Catholic Dialogue are a series of discussions which began during July 1964 as an outgrowth of the Second Vatican Council. These gatherings reflect the new openness of the Roman Catholic Church to dialogue with other Christian denominations as well as other religions. These dialogues have been primarily between by church representatives of the Lutheran World Federation and representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. [1][2]

The Lutheran–Roman Catholic Dialogue within the United States have been conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and the USA National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation. The Lutheran–Roman Catholic Dialogue brought the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) together to dialogue with the American Roman Catholic community. The LCMS has not participated in all discussions. Unlike the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the LCMS has not come to an agreement with the Roman Catholic Church due to differences in the understanding of various issues including faith, grace and sin. [3]

Rounds of Discussion[edit]

Between July 1964 and 2010 over 50 sessions have been held taking up eleven rounds of topics as of 2015:[4]

  • I. The Status of the Nicene Creed as Dogma of the Church (1965)
  • II. One Baptism for the Remission of Sins (1966)
  • III. The Eucharist as Sacrifice (1968)
  • IV. Eucharist and Ministry (1970)
  • V. Papal Primacy and the Universal Church (1973)
  • VI. Teaching Authority & Infallibility in the Church (1978)
  • VII. Justification by Faith (1983)[5]
  • VIII. The One Mediator, the Saints, and Mary (1990)
  • IX. Scripture and Tradition (1995)
  • X. The Church as Koinonia of Salvation: Its Structures and Ministries (2004)[6]
  • XI. The Hope for Eternal Life (2010)[7]
  • XII. Ministries of Teaching (2011)[8]

Subsequent events[edit]

Significant events following these dialogues included a joint statement on the doctrine of Justification by Faith issued in 1983 and the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification issued on October 31, 1999. In 2010, the Lutheran–Roman Catholic Dialogue completed a common statement entitled The Hope of Eternal Life. In 2015, Lutherans and Roman Catholics jointly issued the Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist, a ecumenical document marking greater visible unity between Catholics and Lutherans.[9][10]

The Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity will host a joint Ecumenical Commemoration event in Lund, Sweden scheduled for October 31, 2016. This will be a shared Lutheran–Roman Catholic commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the posting by Martin Luther of The Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. [11] [12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue". The Lutheran World Federation. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ "From Conflict to Communion. Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017". The Lutheran World Federation. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue in the United States". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  4. ^ Mathew Block (January 8, 2015). "50 Years of Lutheran Roman Catholic Dialogue". First Things. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Joint Declaration On The Doctrine Of Justification". The Vatican. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue Began Round Ten". Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. September 18, 1998. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue continues ‘Hope of Eternal Life’ theme". Ecumenism in Canada. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ "U. S. Catholic-Lutheran Dialogue Begins Round XII, Theme: Ministries of Teaching". United States Conference of Catholic Bishop. November 1, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ Cardinal Edward Cassidy. "The Meaning of the Joint Declaration on Justification". Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity". Institute on Religion and Public Life. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  11. ^ Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017 The Vatican
  12. ^ "Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund". The Lutheran World Federation. January 25, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 

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