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Pope raps clericalism, encourages lay evangelizationWhen clerics try to control the apostolic work of the laity, the Pope continued, they tend to limit “the boldness necessary to be able to bring the Good News of the Gospel to all areas of social and above all political activity.” In that field, he said, lay people can and should take the initiative.
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What is Reconciled Diversity?
Unity In Reconciled Diversity is the work of The Holy Spirit. It does not begin with doctrinal issues or theology but with recognition of the gifts God has placed within each person and church. It is a ‘walking together’ not a ‘sitting at the table’. And it is Alive with His Hope and Presence.
Reconciled & Gifted
Unity does not have to mean uniformity. When we recognize the gifts in the diverse communities within the church and strive to reconcile our differences; we build healthy relationships filled with the Life of God.
Unity in the church can only be a gift of the Holy Spirit; it is Unity In Diversity . . . recognizing others in all their variety as true Christians. Lutheran Theologian Oscar Cullmann
The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification . . . what!
On October 31st, 1999 representatives of the Catholic and Lutheran churches signed a Joint Declaration:
“Together we confess: By grace alone, in faith in Christ’s saving work and not because of any merit on our part, we are accepted by God and receive the Holy Spirit . . . ” JDDJ (¶ 15) (Eph. 2:8 & Titus 3:5)
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