The three ecumenical proposals that will come before the ELCA assembly in Philadelphia vary in how they consider ecumenism and confessions.
The proposed Joint Declaration with the Roman Catholic Church on "justification and its condemnations" explicitly asserts how "doctrinal condemnations of the 16th century do not apply to today's partner." Along with a biblically grounded "common understanding of justification," it explains how the emphases of each tradition "do not destroy the consensus regarding basic truths." But the old condemnations remain " 'salutary warnings' to which we must attend in our teaching and practice."
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