Pave Benedikt vil til høsten rehabilitere Martin Luther. (!) Ja, dette kan vi i dag faktisk lese i The Times, men vi bør ikke tro noe på det. Realitetene bak oppslaget ser ut til å være at Ratzingers tidligere studenter, som møtes til et uformelt seminar hvert år i september, har tenkt å ta Martin Luther opp til dikusjon i år, og at kardinal Kasper nylig må ha sagt noe positivt om Luther – men så langt vet jeg ikke hva det er. Slik leser vi i Timesonline:
Pope Benedict XVI is to rehabilitate Martin Luther, arguing that he did not intend to split Christianity but only to purge the Church of corrupt practices.
Pope Benedict will issue his findings on Luther (1483-1546) in September after discussing him at his annual seminar of 40 fellow theologians — known as the Ratzinger Schülerkreis — at Castelgandolfo, the papal summer residence. According to Vatican insiders the Pope will argue that Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy, was not a heretic.
Cardinal Walter Kasper, the head of the pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said the move would help to promote ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Protestants. It is also designed to counteract the impact of July’s papal statement describing the Protestant and Orthodox faiths as defective and “not proper Churches”.
The move to re-evaluate Luther is part of a drive to soften Pope Benedict’s image as an arch conservative hardliner as he approaches the third anniversary of his election next month.