He says he wants to bring that message of “coming together” to Sweden and its Lutheran Church. Not all his advisers approve, however. The Vatican’s doctrine czar, German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, said in a book interview that Catholics have “no reason to celebrate” the anniversary “which brought about the fracture of Western Christianity.” Q: DO CATHOLICS AND LUTHERANS HAVE GOOD RELATIONS? A: Following the Reformation, Protestants were denounced as heretics and persecuted in Europe’s Catholic countries. http://richadrianfisher.pdxrwa.org/2016/11/02/professional-guidance-on-factors-for-curriculum-vitae/The Lutheran Scandinavian countries, on their part, enacted strict anti-Catholic laws to prevent their former faith from making a comeback. A ban on Catholic convents in Sweden wasn’t lifted until 1977. Dialogue between the Vatican and the Lutherans improved relations in recent decades and led to a landmark 1999 joint declaration on the doctrine of justification concerning God’s forgiveness of sins. That had been one of the main stumbling blocks in their relations. Theological divisions remain, however, and Francis is using the trip to encourage other ways the two churches can work together, particularly on humanitarian initiatives.
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