Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Problems with the Catholic-Lutheran 'Joint Declaration'

Briefing: it was Cardinal Ratzinger whose analysis of the ARCIC (Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission) documents effectively finished them off. Similar difficulties have been consistently emerging for the Catholic-Lutheran 'Joint Declaration on Justification', which although praised by John-Paul II is not unequivocally in accordance with Catholic teaching. Ten years later:

The Vatican website reports the address of the Holy Father to a Lutheran delegation from Finland this morning, during which he remarked: “The Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue Commission in Finland and Sweden continues to consider the Joint Declaration on Justification. This year we celebrate the tenth anniversary of this significant statement, and the Commission is now studying its implications and the possibility of its reception.”

There is a very good history and discussion on Rorate Caeli.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen