OK, maybe not.
But, as the Religion News Service reports, the Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation have agreed on how to proceed with joint commemorations of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s world-historical church door vandalism, which will take place on Halloween, 2017.
Rather than the finger-pointing, end zone dancing, or bloody persecution that I imagine accompanied the 100th anniversary of the Reformation, this time Catholics and Lutherans are all going to be very somber and responsible about the whole thing:
“The fact that the struggle for this truth in the 16th century led to the loss of unity in Western Christendom belongs to the dark pages of church history,” the document says. “In 2017, we must confess openly that we have been guilty before Christ of damaging the unity of the church.”
Has anyone consulted Bob and Penny Lord?
Anyway, it’s nice to see everyone be an adult about this kind of thing, or should I say, almost everyone: although the Lutheran World Federation represents most of the world’s Lutherans, it doesn’t represent all of them, with notable non-members including the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod here in the U.S. So presumably some people will be still be jerks about the whole thing.