A Lutheran perspective on the Pope’s visit to Germany
Pope Benedict XVI visited Germany September 22-25, 2011. Bishop Hans-Jőrg Voigt of the SELK, Lutheran Church–Canada’s partner church in Germany, took part in the ecumenical service of the Word held inErfurtwith the head of the Roman Catholic Church. Here the bishop describes the results of the papal visit. (Translation by Rev.Dr. John Stephenson, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario.)
The unity of the Church will come about through delving deeper into the truth of Holy Scripture and not through crafting theological compromises—we …
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