Catholics and Lutherans work towards shared union

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The Crux: “Pope Francis and the global Lutheran leader have jointly pledged to remove the obstacles to full unity between their Churches, leading eventually to shared Eucharist.

They made the commitment in a joint statement signed before a congregation of Catholic and Lutheran leaders at the conclusion of a joint service in Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation.”

Opinion: Francis, ever the Jesuit, is trying to bring all denominations under his wing. Like the GEICO commercial: “It’s what you do”.

The event took place at an ecumenical gathering in Sweden on October 31, 2016, marking the 499th anniversary of the Reformation.

Over the past few years Francis made three comments that paved the way for a more inclusive ecumenical church:

  • “Who am I to judge?” referring to our making judgments about sinning openly
  • “Follow your conscience” referring to living a moral life
  • “Atheists who do good will be redeemed”

A joint statement from the two leaders:

“We experience the pain of those who share their whole lives, but cannot share God’s redeeming presence at the Eucharistic table,” they said, adding: “We acknowledge our joint pastoral responsibility to respond to the spiritual thirst and hunger of our people to be one in Christ.”

“We long for this wound in the Body of Christ to be healed,” they continued. “This is the goal of our ecumenical endeavors, which we wish to advance, also by renewing our commitment to theological dialogue.”

Daniel 7:23 introduces the 4th beast kingdom that is so ferocious that the prophet could not come up with an earthly animal comparison. In Revelation 13:1-12 John reveals that same kingdom as under the control of an unholy trinity: Satan, Antichrist, and the False Prophet who will be given power to rule the earth for 7 years.

It is the False Prophet that resembles apostate clergy:

“Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.”

Jesuits, it’s what they do.