- Dec 9, 2019
In the Pope Francis era, the most important doctrinal tussles in the Church seem to focus on the Eucharist.
For the first time in 500 years, Lutherans in Sweden are welcoming Catholics to celebrate Masses in Lund cathedral.
Although newly minted Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Sweden is a convert from Lutheranism and believes in the press for closer ties with the Lutheran church, he’s also realistic about the present limits of that quest, saying that given different understandings of the real presence in the Eucharist, right now Lutherans and Catholics “cannot possibly celebrate together.”
During a congress in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pope Francis called members of both faiths to forget “prejudice toward the faith that others profess” and to “offer one another forgiveness for the sins committed by those who have gone before us.”
“I pray to the Lord that he may bestow his blessing on the Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue Commission in Finland, which is working diligently toward a common sacramental understanding of the church, the Eucharist and ecclesial ministry,” the pope told members of a pilgrimage from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.
There are plenty of historical and theological arguments for and against married priests, but few stop to consider the practical pros and cons. Yet Catholicism already has married priests, and here one of them shares his experience.