I will want to take a closer look at this later on, but in the meantime, I will post a link to a story about American Lutherans recognizing agreement with the Catholic Church.
An excerpt, with my emphases:
(RNS) Nearly 500 years after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door, the largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. has approved a declaration recognizing “there are no longer church-dividing issues” on many points with the Roman Catholic Church.
The “Declaration on the Way” was approved 931-9 by the 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly held last week at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton called the declaration “historic” in a statement released by the denomination following the Wednesday (Aug. 10) vote.
“Though we have not yet arrived, we have claimed that we are, in fact, on the way to unity. … This ‘Declaration on the Way’ helps us to realize more fully our unity in Christ with our Catholic partners, but it also serves to embolden our commitment to unity with all Christians,” Eaton said.
Women in the priesthood and in the episcopacy is a church-dividing issue, no?
I am scratching my head.
What kind of unity might that be?
When you read the document, the language is beautiful, lofty even, and one might be lulled into thinking, wow, so much agreement!