Joint Statement on Reformation Day
Luther World Information released the following October 31:
"The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) have issued a joint statement on Reformation Day 2017 affirming the goal of renewed theological dialogue is to fulfill the yearning of many Lutherans and Catholics 'to receive the Eucharist at one table as the concrete expression of full unity.'
Referring to the October 2016 joint commemoration in Lund, Sweden, the LWF and PCPCU recall the joint pastoral responsibility expressed by Lutheran and Catholic church leaders for 'the pain of those who share their whole lives, but cannot share God's redeeming presence at the Eucharistic table.'
The joint statement describes the ecumenical perspective of the 500th anniversary as 'among the blessings of this year of commemoration,' and a catalyst for greater unity between Catholics and Lutherans.
"This has allowed new insight into the events of the sixteenth century which led to our separation. We recognize that while the past cannot be changed, its influence upon us today can be transformed to become a stimulus for growing communion, and a sign of hope for the world to overcome division and fragmentation. Again, it has become clear that what we have in common is far more than that which till divides us.'"