“Catholics are now able to hear Luther’s challenge for the Church of today, recognizing him as a ‘witness to the gospel.’’
I’m not sure what “Catholic’s” are being referenced here nor what Luther’s challenge is for today’s Catholics. He’s as much a witness for the Gospel as any other heretic that uses Scripture “alone” to distort the truth….if I’m not mistaken, he was excommunicated in 1521, right? This neither agrees with the historical record, the tremendous destructive effects his actions have had on the Church and the world, nor the clarifying statement on this topic issued by the CDF….seems to be another partial and selective reference of Church documents.
It’s like celebrating Judas and his helpful part in the salvific passion of Christ. Also, I’m sure we’ve all “heard” Luther’s voice resounding in the 30,000 and growing progeny of his 95 Thesis but his actions and example do not reflect the witness of Christ’s long suffering in the Gospel. Luther only waited 3-4 years before declaring the pope the anti-Christ and the Church the whore of Babylon. How did he miss the four marks of the Church and the need for the sacraments in the Gospel that he was such a great witness to?
I’m not sure a schismatic and heretical ex-Catholic priest should be the source for celebration. Maybe we should begin the process of sainthood for him. Sorry about all the cynicism but doesn’t this stupid merry-go-round ever stop?