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Posted on 08/13/2020 6:14:30 PM PDT by marshmallow
Augsburg Peace Prize awarded to Bishop Bedford-Strohm and Cardinal Marx
LWI) - A strong sign for Christian ecumenism: the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, and the Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx were awarded the 2020 Augsburg Peace Prize for their unconditional will to live together in peace.
On 11 March 2017, the then President of the German Bishops Conference, Reinhard Cardinal Marx, and the Chairperson of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD), Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, jointly presided over a service of repentance and reconciliation in Hildesheim, Germany. The painful divisions between the two separated churches were considered, and requests for forgiveness the failures of both sides exchanged. Also, thanks and joy were expressed for what both churches have in common and what they value in each other.
The church leaders reached out to one another on behalf of many Catholic and Protestant Christians, said Augsburg Mayor Eva Weber on 8 August when announcing the prize winners at this years Augsburg Peace Festival. They emphasized the similarities in church and society instead of differences.
On the occasion of the 500th commemoration of the Reformation in 2017, Archbishop Reinhard Cardinal Marx and Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm have set a historic sign for all Christians worldwide, said Weber, and have given us an impressive testimony that true communion in faith is possible despite different confessional affiliations.
The liturgy of this service titled Healing of memories witnessing to Jesus Christ builds on the 2016 Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund, Sweden, at which Pope Francis and The Lutheran World Federations (LWF) president, Bishop Munib Younan, and general secretary, Rev. Martin Junge commemorated the 500th anniversary.
An ecumenical boost
The commitment of Bedford-Strohm and Marx for joint ecumenical steps was underlined by the Augsburg.....
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Luther and his whole following were excommunicated from Roman rule; let them stay that way. Let them be anchored to the Rock that is securely seated in The Heaven, not drifting in the Tiber.
“They emphasized the similarities in church and society instead of differences.”
One important difference is ELCA is pro-abortion any time before viability.
Maybe the similarities and diffs BOTH need to be clear.
Fruits of Vatican II....
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