Magazine article The Christian Century

Lutherans, Catholics Methodists in Accord

Magazine article The Christian Century

Lutherans, Catholics Methodists in Accord

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A top Lutheran leader has hailed a decision by the world's Methodist churches to sign on to an agreement that brought Catholics and Lutherans closer together on a key issue that rent them apart at the time of the Protestant Reformation.

"We have overcome a theological difference which has divided Western Christianity since the time of the Reformation," Ishmael Noko, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation told the world Methodist conference in Seoul, South Korea.

The Lutheran official spoke July 23 at an event at which the World Methodist Council, an umbrella body for churches in 132 nations, endorsed the joint declaration on the doctrine of justification, signed by the Geneva-based LWF and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999.

"The act of endorsement we are celebrating today will be an encouragement for new and broader forms of ecumenical cooperation among our respective communions," said Noko. John Wesley, the 18th-century founder of Methodism, was influenced by the writings of Martin Luther.

"Today is one of' the most significant dates in the history of our churches," Cardinal Walter Kasper, the Vatiean's top official for promoting Christian unity, said in Seoul before the signing event. …

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