Archive for tag: Justification by Faith

Archive pour tag : Justification by Faith

Brief biographies of those signing the Joint Declaration

The Rev. H. George Anderson, 67, was appointed a Vice-President of the Lutheran Federation (LWF) in 1997. He has been the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1995. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Yale, Anderson earned graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia,
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Posted: October 23, 1999 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=4977
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Justification by Faith, Lutheran
Transmis : 23 octobre 1999 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=4977
Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Justification by Faith, Lutheran


Signing of Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification

Anglican Communion Office letter to the Lutheran & Roman Catholic churches, October 25, 1999 His Eminence Edward Cardinal Cassidy Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity 00120 Vatican City The Revd Dr Ishmael Noko General Secretary The Lutheran World Federation PO Box 21 00 1211 Geneva 2 Switzerland Dear Cardinal Cassidy and Dr Noko, The signing
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Posted: October 25, 1999 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=6
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran


WCC welcomes signing of the Joint Declaration on Justification

The World Council of Churches (WCC) warmly welcomes the forthcoming signing of the Joint Declaration on the doctrine of justification by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church. The signing will take place on 31 October, in Augsburg, Germany. According to the Rev. Dr Dagmar Heller, WCC Faith and Order, bilateral relations and
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Posted: October 28, 1999 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=7
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran


History in our own time: The Joint Declaration on Justification

By Nicholas Jesson This homily was presented on Sunday, October 31, 1999 during Mass at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. “How are we saved?” This was the central question of the Protestant Reformation. Or, as Martin Luther phrased it: “How are we, as sinners, found righteous in the sight of a just God?” This
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Posted: October 31, 1999 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=6258
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Transmis : 31 octobre 1999 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=6258
Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


Joint Declaration as a groundbreaking ecumenical document

U.S. theology professors discuss its implications by Udo Hahn, Lutheran World Federation [HANOVER, Germany/GENEVA | LWI] Reformed, Anglican, Roman-Catholic and Lutheran church leaders and professors of theology in the United States have acknowledged the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification as a “groundbreaking document”. The theological implications of Joint Declaration was one of the
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Posted: February 22, 2000 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=4967
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Justification by Faith, Lutheran
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Justification by Faith, Lutheran


Methodists affirm Joint Declaration with Lutherans and Catholics

During the summer months ecumenical news dries up as church leaders, pastors, and theologians head off on their holiday plans. However, this year a very significant event occurred while we were all at the lake. Since 2001, Methodists have expressed appreciation for the Lutheran-Roman Catholic “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification” (JDDJ). Not long after the formal affirmation of the JDDJ, representatives of the Methodist World Council and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches gathered with the two signatories to discuss the possibilities of expanding the consensus to include their constituencies. This summer, on July 23, the World Methodist Conference, a gathering of 76 churches in the Methodist tradition, affirmed the Joint Declaration in a signing ceremony together with Lutheran and Roman Catholic representatives.
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Posted: August 5, 2006 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=253
Categories: Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, Justification by Faith, Lutheran, Methodist, statements
Transmis : 5 aoüt 2006 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=253
Catégorie : Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, Justification by Faith, Lutheran, Methodist, statements


Pope speaks on St. Paul and Justification

Webeditor’s note: The title of this article was changed to more accurately reflect the focus of the papal address. The original title was “Pope Clarifies Luther’s Idea of Justification”. The Vatican Information Service article bears the title “St. Paul: Justification by Christ’s Love”.

[Vatican City • Zenit.org] Benedict XVI says Martin Luther’s doctrine on justification is correct, if faith “is not opposed to charity.”

The Pope said this today during the general audience dedicated to another reflection on St. Paul. This time, the Holy Father considered the Apostle’s teaching on justification.

He noted that Paul’s conversion experience on the road to Damascus “changed his life radically: He began to regard all his merits, achievements of a most honest religious career, as ‘loss’ in face of the sublimity of knowledge of Jesus Christ.”

“It is precisely because of this personal experience of the relationship with Jesus that Paul places at the center of his Gospel an irreducible opposition between two alternative paths to justice: one based on the works of the law, the other founded on the grace of faith in Christ,” the Pontiff explained. “The alternative between justice through the works of the law and justice through faith in Christ thus becomes one of the dominant themes that runs through his letters.”

What is law

But in order to understand this Pauline teaching, Benedict XVI affirmed, “we must clarify what is the ‘law’ from which we have been freed and what are those ‘works of the law’ that do not justify.”

He explained: “Already in the community of Corinth there was the opinion, which will return many times in history, which consisted in thinking that it was a question of the moral law, and that Christian freedom consisted therefore in being free from ethics. […] It is obvious that this interpretation is erroneous: Christian liberty is not libertinism; the freedom of which St. Paul speaks is not freedom from doing good.”

Instead, the Pope said, the law to which Paul refers is the “collection of behaviors extending from an ethical foundation to the ritual and cultural observances that substantially determined the identity of the just man — particularly circumcision, the observance regarding pure food and general ritual purity, the rules regarding observance of the Sabbath, etc.”

These observances served to protect Jewish identity and faith in God; they were “a defense shield that would protect the precious inheritance of the faith,” he remarked.

But, the Holy Father continued, at the moment of Paul’s encounter with Christ, the Apostle “understood that with Christ’s resurrection the situation had changed radically.”

“The wall — so says the Letter to the Ephesians — between Israel and the pagans was no longer necessary,” he said. “It is Christ who protects us against polytheism and all its deviations; it is Christ who unites us with and in the one God; it is Christ who guarantees our true identity in the diversity of cultures; and it is he who makes us just. To be just means simply to be with Christ and in Christ. And this suffices. Other observances are no longer necessary.”

And it is because of this, the Bishop of Rome continued, that Luther’s expression “by faith alone” is true “if faith is not opposed to charity, to love. Faith is to look at Christ, to entrust oneself to Christ, to be united to Christ, to be conformed to Christ, to his life. And the form, the life of Christ, is love; hence, to believe is to be conformed to Christ and to enter into his love.”

“Paul knows,” he added, “that in the double love of God and neighbor the whole law is fulfilled. Thus the whole law is observed in communion with Christ, in faith that creates charity. We are just when we enter into communion with Christ, who is love.”

• Pope Benedict XVI’s address at the General Audience of Wednesday, November 19, 2008.
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Posted: November 19, 2008 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=524
Categories: NewsIn this article: Benedict XVI, Justification by Faith, Martin Luther
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Benedict XVI, Justification by Faith, Martin Luther


Anglicans affirm Lutheran-Catholic agreement, endorse Reformation anniversary

Lutheran Bishop Dr Matti Repo (far left) with other ecumenical guests at the 16th Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Lusaka, Zambia. Photo: ACNSAffirmation of the Lutheran-Catholic agreement on justification and a call for Anglicans to commemorate the 2017 Reformation anniversary were among ecumenical resolutions adopted by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) at its recent meeting in Lusaka, Zambia.

Bishop Dr Matti Repo of Tampere, Finland, who participated in the Anglican Communion’s governing body meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, mid-April says he was encouraged by the enthusiastic discussions on these issues “which both point to the grace of God and the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ.”

Repo was at the ACC as an ecumenical guest representing The Lutheran World Federation (LWF). He presented the call to affirm the substance of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ), which was signed by the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999. The LWF was also asking Anglicans to recognize the significance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation which will be observed next year.
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Posted: April 28, 2016 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=9192
Categories: Dialogue, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anglican Consultative Council, Catholic, Justification by Faith, Lutheran
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Catégorie : Dialogue, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anglican Consultative Council, Catholic, Justification by Faith, Lutheran