A Purification of Memory…???

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From Zenit:

“We are called to free ourselves from the prejudices,” and for the Pope, research is a way to do so…

Pope Francis stressed this while addressing the International Conference of Study organized by the Pontifical Council for Historical Sciences, on the occasion of the 500-Year Anniversary of the Protestant Reform (1517-2017) on the theme: ‘Luther, 500 years later.’ A Reflection on the Protestant Reform in the Historic, Ecclesial Context which took place in Rome, March 29-31, 2017. With a historical scope, there were no theological discussions.

The gathering marks the first time Catholics and Protestants together hosted a conference on historical sciences together in the Vatican.

“All of us,” the Pope highlighted in his address, “are well aware that the past cannot be changed. Yet today, after 50 years of ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Protestants, it is possible to engage in a purification of memory.”

“Today, as Christians,” he encouraged, “all of us are called to put behind us all prejudice towards the faith that others profess with a different emphasis or language, to offer one another forgiveness for the sin committed by those who have gone before us, and together to implore from God the gift of reconciliation and unity.”

Reflecting on the study day itself, the Pope had said: I confess that my first response to this praiseworthy initiative of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences was one of gratitude to God, together with a certain surprise, since not long ago a meeting like this would have been unthinkable.

“Catholics and Lutherans together, discussing Luther, at a meeting organized by an Office of the Holy See: truly we are experiencing the results of the working of the Holy Spirit, who overcomes every obstacle and turns conflicts into occasions for growth in communion.”

He expressed his joy that this commemoration has offered scholars from various institutions an occasion to study those events together.

“Serious research into the figure of Luther and his critique of the Church of his time and the papacy certainly contributes to overcoming the atmosphere of mutual distrust and rivalry that for all too long marked relations between Catholics and Protestants.”

“An attentive and rigorous study, free of prejudice and polemics,” the Holy Father pointed out, “enables the churches, now in dialogue, to discern and receive all that was positive and legitimate in the Reformation, while distancing themselves from errors, extremes and failures, and acknowledging the sins that led to the division.”

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12 Responses to A Purification of Memory…???

  1. mmvc says:

    Purification of memory = whitewashing of unpalatable truths

  2. kathleen says:

    What a ghastly article! Full of twisted modernist errors and talk! If I had my way it would be binned toute suite!

    There is nothing whatsoever that was “positive” or “legitimate” about the destructive breaking up of Christendom under the heretic, Martin Luther. What is “positive” about millions of Christians being denied the fullness of Truth, with many perhaps losing their immortal souls in consequence? The Deformation Reformation heralded in the continuing splintering into further Protestant sects (many that can barely call themselves ‘Christian’ anymore), and hedonistic secularism too.

    Pope Francis has metaphorically slapped in the face all his great papal predecessors who condemned Protestantism in no uncertain terms. His reasoning is warped and un-Catholic!

  3. mmvc says:

    Whoops! Sorry for raising your BP with this article, Kathleen. I posted it as an illustration that the Vatican’s flirtation with Luther is sadly still in full swing. Shame that Zenit reported this without pointing out those modernist heresies. As you say there’s nothing to celebrate about Luther and his deformation. It would be more appropriate for our Church leaders to call us to prayer and penance during this ‘Lutheran year’.

  4. toadspittle says:

    If Christians can’t, and won’t, reconcile with each other, that is – if they don’t hang together – they’ll all be hanged separately – largely by the Muslims and secular Atheists.
    Most objective people, be they Catholics,Lutherans, Anglicans. Presbyterians, or Methodists – just think what they see as this absurd polarisation is unchristian, that is if they think it’s anything at all.
    Who would you feel closer to in religious terms – a Quaker or a Sunni Muslim?

    Don’t Christians all believe in the one same God?
    Nuance,and upbringing. Depends on where you were born, and into what particular outfit.
    If I’d been born in Mecca, Nepal, or Bengal, I would very likely not have been born Catholic*.
    That is unquestionable. And needs to be considered.

    (This will never run Because it’s true.)

    *\ Nor would Kathleen.

  5. mmvc definitely gets it: “Purification of memory = whitewashing of unpalatable truths”.

  6. J.P. says:

    The Reformation is simply history which we cannot now change. Nothing for any of us to lose sleep over.

    [The Moderator- Mr Kehoe has won this years April Fool’s challenge, having perfected self-parody as an art-form. Congratulations, John!]

  7. The Raven says:

    Mainstream Protestantism is dying, Toad, the only vivacious parts of that particular poisoned tree are the Pentecostalists and their ilk: there is no prospect of their wishing to stand with us (after all, they think that we’re representatives of the anti-Christ and we might object to them handling snakes during Mass).

    And to be quite frank, my conception of God might be rather closer to that of a Moslem than a Quaker’s strange ideas.

    And Moslems can make excellent converts, if only the Church puts the effort into evangelisation.

  8. toadspittle says:

    “Mainstream Protestantism is dying, Toad, “
    If that is so, Raven – it’s absolutely fine with me. Let them all die.

    “And to be quite frank, my conception of God might be rather closer to that of a Moslem than a Quaker’s strange ideas.”
    Agreed. The Quaker idea of pacifism ( and turning the other cheek) has little to do with the aggressive bellicosity of either Islam, Anglicanism, or trad Catholicism. To my knowlege, Quakers have never killed anyone for disagreeing with them. (But I might be wrong.)

    However, what ideas of Quakers do you consider more “strange,” than those of Catholics, and their hobgoblins, angels, demons, infallible messages from God delivered to illiterate peasant children, and and sundry apparitions?

  9. The Raven says:

    Well, Toad, as ever, your grasp of history is a little sketchy: Quakerism only became a pacifist creed after the restoration; they were quite happy to join in the oppression of people with whom they disagreed in their day.

    And as to modern Quakerism, it can be quite devoid of ideas like trinitarianism, or even theism itself (I say ‘can’ advisedly, there are as many varieties of Quakerism as there are Quakers). All of the Quakers that I’ve met have been rather wonderful in their own way, with interesting ways of talking about prayer, but I feel a greater sense of kinship with a Sufi or an Ahmadi.

    And why shouldn’t illiterate peasant children hear infallible messages from God? Arrogant, priggish, well educated lawyers and journalists might very well hear such messages all of the time (repent, acknowledge the Lord, know His love), but would not give them credence, much less pass them on; God really doesn’t waste His time with the likes of you and me.

  10. kathleen says:

    mmvc @ 15:31

    No, dear Maryla, it didn’t “raise my BP” (I think), and you were right to publish the article. (Doesn’t stop me wanting to kick it into the bin though😉.) It demonstrates how widespread the rot has sunk into the mindset of certain liberal members of the Vatican with their modernist babble Zenit quotes ^ above. Yes, you’re right we should be made aware of this betrayal…. just one more to notch up on a long, long list of betrayals under this papacy!

  11. toadspittle says:

    “Well, Toad, as ever, your grasp of history is a little sketchy: Quakerism only became a pacifist creed after the restoration;”
    No doubt, Raven. I’m thick. But I’m talking about how Quakers think today – not centuries ago. At which time Catholics (and Protestants) were cheerfully slaughtering one another over differences of opinion. Which they don’t do today. So now, they are relatively less nasty.

    “God really doesn’t waste His time with the likes of you and me.”
    Agreed.I suspect He doesn’t waste much of His time with anyone. But I don’t know.

    “..but I feel a greater sense of kinship with a Sufi or an Ahmadi.”
    I understand. Ultimately, metaphysics is all a matter of taste, isn’t it?
    Give me an honest Atheist (yes, they do exist) rather than a cringing Quaker, any day.

  12. J.P. says:

    [The Moderator – John, the person whom you are repeatedly accusing did not add anything to your comment.]

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