Consider this

By: crunchgodabruinknees



From Martin Luther

Personal conscience rather than the dictates of the pope are centered.This direct and accurate quote of his primary approach sums it up well. 

"Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason - I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other - my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen."

After 500 years of dispute, there is some reconciliation on fundamental matters--here is the joint Vatican and Lutheran statement form the Vatican website from1999. This Pope was a well-known political person  in South America, of the "lets redistribute" kind. His incessant criticism of caitalist freedom certainly gives pause.

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/documents/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_31101999_cath-luth-joint-declaration_en.html

"The dialogue is important in part for Lutherans because if we remember our history the Reformation started as an effort not to separate the church but to reform it," Bishop Kreiss said. "Over the centuries since, we have not forgotten that we are part of the church catholic and that that is where our deep roots are. This is in some ways a way to honor the home from which we came."

 

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