Monday, July 24, 2006

Catholic Church Signs Historic Agreement with Lutherans and Methodists

From left to right, Sven Oppegaard, Dr. Ishmael Noko, Dr. George H. Freeman, His Eminence Sunday Mbang, Cardinal Walter Kasper and Cardinal Soo-Hwan Kim sign the joint agreement on justification in front of thousands of Methodists.
Methodists, Lutherans, Catholics Take Historic Ecumenical Step

Three world church bodies made an unprecedented move in ecumenical history on Sunday when Lutherans, Roman Catholics and Methodists signed a joint agreement on justification.

SEOUL, South Korea – Three world church bodies made an unprecedented move in ecumenical history on Sunday when Lutherans, Roman Catholics and Methodists signed a joint agreement on justification.

“We plowed new ground today,” commented Dr. George H. Freeman, general secretary of the World Methodist Council. “This opens the door for future ecumenical relationships.”

Following years and even decades of dialogue with one another, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the Roman Catholic Church, and the World Methodist Council took part in what Dr. Ishmael Noko, LWF general secretary, identified as “a new ecumenical landmark” and what will go down in history....

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