Roman Catholic and Lutheran Dialogue and Agreements

 

ROMAN CATHOLIC AND LUTHERAN DIALOGUE AND AGREEMENTS

JOINT STATEMENT OF POPE FRANCIS AND THE LUTHERAN WORLD FEDERATION on the occasion of the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation, Lund, Sweden, 31 October 2016

LUTHERAN-CATHOLIC COMMISSION ON UNITY: JOINT INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION BETWEEN REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE LUTHERAN WORLD FEDERATION

  1. Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification: Between The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) (October 31, 1999)
  2. Annex to the Official Common Declaration of the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church (October 31, 1999)
  3. From Conflict to Communion Lutheran Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. Report of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity (2013)
THE WORLD METHODIST COUNCIL STATEMENT OF ASSOCIATION WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION (Accompanied by the Official Common Affirmation signed by Representatives of the Catholic Church, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Methodist Council) (23 July 2006)

BETWEEN THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS & THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA

The Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue in the United States first met in 1965 under the leadership of Auxiliary Bishop T. Austin Murphy of Baltimore and Rev. George F. Harkins of New York, president of the National Lutheran Council. The dialogue currently meets twice a year. It included 3 Catholic and 3 Lutheran theologians, and was co-chaired by Bishop Denis J. Madden and ELCA Bishop Mark Hanson.

  1. The Status of the Nicene Creed as Dogma of the Church, July 7, 1965. The common confession of the Nicene Creed in Catholic and Lutheran traditions.
  2. One Baptism for the Remission of Sins, 1966. Statement of substantial agreement between traditions regarding baptism from Bishop T. Austin Murphy and Dr. Paul C. Empie
  3. The Eucharist as Sacrifice, 1967. Dialogue concerning the Eucharist as sacrifice and Christ’s presence in the sacrament
  4. Eucharist and Ministry, 1970
  5. The Gospel and the Church” 1972 (“Malta Report”)
  6. Papal Primacy and the Universal Church, 1973
  7. Teaching Authority and Infallibility in the Church, 1978
  8. The Eucharist: “Ordained ministry; episcopate; models of the Church; ways to communion” – “The Lord’s Supper” (Sigtuna, Sweden, Oct. 12 1978)
  9. All under One Christ, Augsburg, February 23, 1980
  10. Ways to Community, Augsburg, February 23, 1980
  11. The Ministry in the Church, Lantana, Florida, March 14, 1981.
  12. Martin Luther, Witness to Jesus ChristWürttemberg, Germany, May 7, 1983.
  13. Justification by Faith, 1983
  14. Facing Unity: Models, Forms and Phases of Catholic-Lutheran Church Fellowship. March 3, 1984, Rome, Italy.
  15. The One Mediator, the Saints, and Mary, 1990
  16. Church and Justification – Understanding the Church in the Light of the Doctrine of the Justification, September 11, 1993, Wurzburg, Germany
  17. Scripture and Tradition, 1995
  18. The Church as Koinonia of Salvation: Its Structures and Ministries, 2004
  19. The Apostolicity of the Church, 2005
  20. The Hope of Eternal Life, 2010
  21. Ministries of Teaching, 2011
  22. Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist (2015): A path-breaking ecumenical document that marks a way toward greater visible unity between Catholics and Lutherans. The Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs affirmed the 32 Agreed Statements and commended the Declaration on the Way to Cardinal Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, for further reflection and action. The document was ratified by a vote of 939 to 9 by the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans on August 10, 2016.