Residents of mostly Lutheran Luebeck, Germany, expressed disappointment after the Vatican decided to beatify three local Roman Catholics (but not a Lutheran) beheaded in 1943 for their joint anti-Nazi activities.
Roman Catholic priests Johannes Prassek, Hermann Lange, Eduard Mueller and Lutheran pastor Karl Friedrich Stellbrink "planted the seeds of ecumenical cooperation in Germany," said Franz Mecklenfeld, a priest at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. Constanze Maase, pastor of Luther Church in Luebeck, added, "People worry that ... the focus will be on the three, not the four. We recognize that beatification is an important part of the identity of the Catholic Church. But there is a sadness, because it makes the ecumenical work more complicated."
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