Dialogue partner | Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Dialogue body | Lutheran-Catholic Commission on Unity
Contacts established between the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church during the Second Vatican Council led to the formation of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Working Group, which met in 1965 and 1966. The working group agreed that it was important to enter into comprehensive dialogue about the basic issues that separate and unite the two churches.
Following the official endorsement of the working group's recommendation by the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church, the Joint Lutheran-Roman Catholic Study Commission met for the first time in 1967.
Apostolicity of the Church
International Dialogue Milestones
Published reports of the international Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue
Significant regional relations between Lutherans and Roman Catholics exist in different parts of the world.
Germany | Dialogue between the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and the German Bishops’ Conference of the Roman Catholic Church has focused on a number of central theological themes. A major study was undertaken on the doctrinal condemnations of the Reformation era regarding justification, ministry and the sacraments, and whether they still apply.
United States of America | Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue here has focused on theological areas central to the common faith - justification by faith -, the status of Mary, the saints, and the Petrine ministry. The dialogue also has discussed the question of baptism.
Both of these regional dialogues have contributed substantially to the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.
Rev. Dr KaisamariHintikka
Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations, Director for the Department for Theology and Public Witness