Friday, April 22, 2011

Nazis and German Catholics and

I published this article this evening

Amplify’d from
Four German clergy, 3 Catholic priests and one Lutheran minister were martyred ("beheaded in quick succession") on Nov. 10, 1943 by the Nazi regime. The Vatican plans to beatify the priests, but not the Lutheran.
The RNS article notes that this Nazi horror turned out to be seminal to the birth and healthy growth of Catholic-Lutheran ecumenism in Germany. The Vatican plan "is testing that ecumenical spirit, and has some religious leaders worried that the event could drive a wedge between the two communities."
German Catholic and Lutheran leaders and believers should not only to rise above the challenges presented by the pending June 25 ceremony, but to the contrary should seize this challenge as an opportunity to advance the cause of religious harmony and collaboration even further.

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