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Swift approval of Catholic accord

With breathtaking speed--and with no debate--the assembly adopted a historic declaration stating that "a consensus in the basic truths of the doctrine of justification exists between Lutherans and [Roman] Catholics."

The vote, 958-25, affirmed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, which states that the condemnations the two churches hurled at each other over this central Christian doctrine during the 16th century no longer apply to the way the churches understand it today.


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