Friday, December 12, 2003

Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue Meets to Finalize Document On The Church As Koinonia Of Salvation: Its Structures and Ministries

After its round examining Scripture and Tradition, the American Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue waited for the next series. This has now concluded its first document to be published in the Spring. It will be interesting to see how this document compares to the older VELKD Kirchengemeinschaft nach Wort und Sakrament and the newer Communio Sanctorum that caused a stir due to its proposals on the bishop of Rome, honoring of saints, and some other issues. What has always been lacking in the American dialogue is a discussion of the office of bishop. The dialogue was pushed to consider first Roman primacy and then infallibility/authority by the Kung debates in the 70s. However, the ELCA has of course been thinking about bishops since then with other churches.

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