Zenit.org melder at pave Benedikt i går, på Lætare søndag, deltok i en ordets gudstjeneste i den lutherske kirken på via Sicilia i Roma. De skriver bl.a.:
In the German-language service, in which both the Pope and a Lutheran pastor gave homilies, the Pontiff affirmed, «We hear many laments about the fact that there are no new developments in ecumenism, but we must say, and we can say it with much gratitude, that there have already been elements of unity.»
In his address, which the Holy Father delivered without a written script, he invited his listeners to be thankful for the fact that «we are here together on this Laetare Sunday, that we sing together, that we listen to the Word of God together, that we listen to each other, all looking to the one Christ and, thus, rendering testimony to the one Christ.»
Benedict XVI was welcomed with prolonged applause in the Christuskirche on the Via Sicilia in Rome. The choir, composed of Lutherans and German Catholic seminarians, intoned Mozart’s «Jubilate Deo.» … …
… In his remarks, the Pope cautioned against being content and resting «with the successes of the ecumenism of recent years.» He noted that still «we cannot drink of the same chalice and we cannot be together around the altar.» The Pontiff continued, «This should make us sad because it is a sinful situation, but unity cannot be created by men.»
«We must entrust ourselves to the Lord, because he is the only one that can give us unity,» the Holy Father affirmed. «Let us hope that he will bring us to this unity that we now await.»
… Benedict XVI said that the first point of confluence between Lutherans and Catholics «must be the joy and the hope that we already experience, and the hope that this unity might be deeper.»
After the Sunday service, the Pope participated in a fraternal gathering with community and its pastor.
Father Z. kommenterer at denne lutherske kirken ser mer katolsk ut enn de fleste katolske kirker. Se bildet under og vurder selv.