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More grace from justification

Joint declaration with Rome brings Lutherans together too

The joint declaration has an important pastoral dimension. The document encourages Lutheran and Catholic parishes to find ways to be more hospitable to each other. In families where Lutheran-Catholic marriages are part of the landscape, the declaration formalizes already lived-out relationships.

The fact of Lutherans coming together and finding agreement on a doctrine with Catholics that separated them for more than 400 years is another manifestation of grace. I have never known anyone who could imagine all the good things that come from ecumenical efforts, but I know thousands who fear to take the step. It is virtually a denial of the faith not to try to enhance the visible unity of the church.


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