Working Through 500 Years of Division

The milestone in dialogue comes as the Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation are getting ready to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

As a secondary effort, the task force identified 15 points of differences, which they suggested be material for further dialogue carried on both in the United States and globally.

“In 10 of those 15 points of differences, we showed there is very good convergence,” he said, such that they did not judge them as “church-dividing,” but legitimate areas of disagreement. However, “five were clearly out there as church-dividing differences.”

One of these dividing differences was women’s ordination, which the declaration described as a “formidable obstacle.” The Catholic Church and the members of the LWF also hold divergent views on some moral issues, such as homosexuality.