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Catholic reactions to the Reformation 500

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Wow. I'm serious. Wow. There's a thread on the Catholic Answers forum that is called " Ecumenism with Lutherans" that should be called " Recruiting Lutherans." The message is what a lot of the messages were last week, from a lot of RC sources: " Luther split the Church," " Lutherans must deny their faith and come home to Rome," etc., etc.. Of course, seeing's how I'm eager to talk to anybody, any time, about anything, I decided ( somewhat unwisely) to engage. It's amazing all the detours that the apologists over there will make simply to show how right they are and how wrong the rest of us are. Praying for peace, but at the same time, the old hymn " Onward Christian Soldiers" comes to mind.

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I have read that many prominent Catholic theologians whisper privately at least that Luther was right. Most Catholic theologians ( the honest ones at least) admit that Rome was in great need of a reformation in the 16th century. For at least two decades + the cry was for Reformation in head and members. The liberal branches of "Lutheranism" seem not to be able to run to Rome fast enough. The better informed will never run back to Rome.

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They really twist around Scripture to fit their beliefs about Mary. Like with Matthew 12:50, the verse clearly shows that Mary was no different from to Christ than any one who obeys God. Yet Roman Catlicks will tell you the verse means just the opposite, that's how brainwhased they are by such a wicked counterfeit of Christianity.

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I have read that many prominent Catholic theologians whisper privately at least that Luther was right. Most Catholic theologians ( the honest ones at least) admit that Rome was in great need of a reformation in the 16th century. For at least two decades + the cry was for Reformation in head and members. The liberal branches of "Lutheranism" seem not to be able to run to Rome fast enough. The better informed will never run back to Rome.

 

You're absolutely right. Anything of worth that Rome might once have had has been retained by the Lutheran Church. There's no reason to return to such a den.

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They really twist around Scripture to fit their beliefs about Mary. Like with Matthew 12:50, the verse clearly shows that Mary was no different from to Christ than any one who obeys God. Yet Roman Catlicks will tell you the verse means just the opposite, that's how brainwhased they are by such a wicked counterfeit of Christianity.

 

That's true. It's a shame, too. To try to take the Christian faith and paganize it with some mild- goddess worship means that the Christianity is not there any more.

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