Ecumenical quandary

Recently Yale Divinity School organized a conference to mark a major ecumenical event of the last decade (some would even argue, the major ecumenical event of the last century). It was the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church. The declaration affirms “a consensus on basic truths on the doctrine of justification” and claims “that the remaining differences in its explication are no longer the occasion for doctrinal condemnations.” With the signing, an important bridge has been built across a rift that divided Western Christendom for almost 500 years.

 

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