MARTIN LUTHER HIS VIEWS with Pope Francis

MARTIN LUTHER AS A YOUNG CLERIC
OBSESSED WITH THE DEVIL

"In his address, the pope spoke of “a new opportunity to accept a common path” opened by the 50-year dialogue between the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church, describing it as an “opportunity to mend a critical moment of our history” by going beyond “controversies and disagreements that have often prevented us from understanding one another.”

                           Austen Ivereigh the Pope's biographer                                                                        writing in "CRUX" on 31st October, 2016

Reflecting on this "new opportunity to accept a common path", and aware of the Holy father's pastoral concerns regarding the Sacrament of Marriage, we wonder if he had in mind ,or was even aware of what Martin Luther has said about Marriage  :

 “Since wedlock and marriage are a worldly business, we clergy and ministers of the Church have nothing to order or decree about it, but must leave each town and country to follow its own usage and custom.” In other words, Luther is not interested in it. Marriage is to him just like any other manual labour, something to be ruled by local traditions, without any kind of Christian standard. “Marriage,” he says, “is an external bodily thing, like any other manipulation.” “Know that marriage is an outward material thing like any other secular business.” “The body has nothing to do with God. In this respect one can never sin against God, but only against one's neighbour”(W12, 131).



In some ways of course, this seems to foreshadow the situation that "AMORIS LAETITIA" has created : "we must leave each town and country to follow its own usage and custom" certainly in regard to the reception of the Blessed Eucharist by those living in adultery.

Yet , by the time we get to "In this respect one can never sin against God......" - it seems a leap too far to be
"going beyond “controversies and disagreements". One begins to wonder if words have meaning any longer.Martin Luther here  has confected a grand admixture of various heresies regarding Marriage and Morality and the nature of sin- everything to subvert the Teaching of Christ and His Church.

Where is the "common path", and where the possibility to "go beyond controversies and disagreements"? We understand Martin Luther all too clearly.

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