Lutherans, Catholics, Methodists in accord

Sign joint declaration on doctrine of justification
A top Lutheran leader has hailed a decision by the world’s Methodist churches to sign on to an agreement that brought Catholics and Lutherans closer together on a key issue that rent them apart at the time of the Protestant Reformation.

“We have overcome a theological difference which has divided Western Christianity since the time of the Reformation,” Ishmael Noko, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation told the world Methodist conference in Seoul, South Korea.

The Lutheran official spoke July 23 at an event at which the World Methodist Council, an umbrella body for churches in 132 nations, endorsed the joint declaration on the doctrine of justification, signed by the Geneva-based LWF and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999.

 

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