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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Gerhard Cardinal Müller sets the record straight.

H/T Edward Pentin [link/source]

Gerhard Cardinal Müller, with characteristic clarity, set the record straight by correcting the misperceptions of Dr. Jens Kruse, a Lutheran minister in Rome.
Edward Pentin [NCR 12.23.15]
Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said Pope Francis’ visit to a Lutheran church in Rome last month was a “sign of hope” for full visible unity, but that his comments were misunderstood as giving the green light to intercommunion because of a failure to take account of the differences between Catholics and Protestants.
In Dec. 22 comments to the Register, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said "misunderstandings come up again and again because of a failure to take account of the fact that, unfortunately, there is actually a different understanding of the Church between Catholics and Protestants."
These differences, he said, "are not only theological-conceptual, but of a confessional nature." He added that the Church continues in its ecumenical goal to reach “visible and institutional unity” with the Pope as head of the Church.
Read the complete article HERE: Cardinal Müller: Pope's Words on Intercommunion Misunderstood
In other words, don't be thinkin' y'all that Lutherans and Catholics can saddle up to the communion table for chips and dip any time soon. We's got some radically different beliefs about th' Holy Eucharist. Fer instance, Catholics believe what Christ and th' apostles taught, and Lutherans, well... .

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