NOT so happy Reformation Day, as institutional Protestants are “Grateful for Ecumenical Journey Since Reformation“
Amongst the many ecumenical celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – A joint message [Vatican-provided text] signed October 31, 2017 reads (in part): “Lutherans and Catholics are profoundly grateful for the ecumenical journey that we have traveled together during the last fifty years”. The statement cited “common prayer, worship and ecumenical dialogue” as contributing to “removal of prejudices” and greater “mutual understanding.”
“We begged forgiveness for our failures and for the ways in which Christians have wounded the Body of the Lord and offended each other during the five hundred years since the beginning of the Reformation until today,” the statement said.
See: Catholic propaganda “news” site Zenit: https://zenit.org/articles/joint-statement-for-end-of-commemoration-of-reformation/
Pope Francis and [Lutheran] President Younan stated together: “Many members of our communities yearn to receive the Eucharist at one table, as the concrete expression of full unity. We experience the pain of those who share their whole lives, but cannot share God’s redeeming presence at the Eucharistic table.”
“We rejoice that the Joint Declaration … has also been signed by the World Methodist Council in 2006 and, during this Commemoration Year of the Reformation, by the World Communion of Reformed Churches. On this very day it is being welcomed and received by the Anglican Communion at a solemn ceremony in Westminster Abbey.”
“Looking forward, we commit ourselves to continue our journey together, guided by [SIC] God’s Spirit, towards the greater unity according to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ. With [SIC] God’s help we intend to discern in a prayerful manner our understanding on Church, Eucharist and Ministry, seeking a substantial consensus…“