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1999 Catholic Protestant Agreement

The Cathedral Foundation L`Osservatore Romano English Edition 320 Cathedral St. Baltimore, MD 21201 Subscriptions: (410) 547-5315 Fax: (410) 332-1069 Eaton, Also encountered by the ELCA and the Catholic Church, including the 1999 Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. 3 Herbert Anderson, Ecumenical Trends, Volume 28, No. 5 (May 1999) 1/65. This volume presents the Official Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, commonly known as the JDDJ, signed in 1999 by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church. “1. On the basis of the agreements reached in the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, the Lutheran World Union and the Catholic Church jointly declare: “The understanding of the doctrine of justification, as set out in this Declaration, shows that there is a consensus between Lutherans and Catholics in the fundamental truths of the doctrine of justification” (Joint Statement, n. 40). On the basis of this consensus, the Lutheran World Union and the Catholic Church declare together: “The doctrine of the Lutheran Churches presented in this declaration does not fall within the condemnations of the Council of Trent. The condemnations pronounced in the Lutheran confessions do not apply to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church set forth in this declaration” (Joint Declaration, 41). On 31 October 1999, in Augsburg, the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification was signed by the Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation.

This event was undoubtedly of great importance on the road to Christian unity, because, as you know, the question of justification was one of the most debated topics at the time of the Protestant Reformation. For Luther, the Pauline message of justification was solely through the faith of the articulus stantis and cadentis Ecclesiae, the point at which the Church persists or fails in her faith. Concretely, this doctrine means that only Christ can save man who, in his depths, is corrupted by sin, by giving him justice proper to Christ himself, without man being able to contribute to this work of salvation. On the other hand, Luther also speaks of the justified man as a new creature and of the good works that are fruitful. The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) is a document elaborated and approved in 1999 by the Pontifical Council of the Catholic Church for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) and the Lutheran World Federation, the fruit of a broad ecumenical dialogue. It says that the churches now share “a common understanding of our justification by the grace of God through faith in Christ.” [1] For the parties concerned, this essentially resolves the 500-year-old conflict for the very essence of the justification that was at the root of the Protestant Reformation. The World Methodist Council adopted the Declaration on July 18, 2006 [2] [3] The World Community of Reformed Churches (which represents the “80 million members of the Congregational, Presbyterian, Reformed, United, United and Waldenserkirchen Churches”) adopted the declaration in 2017. [4] In 1999, the Catholic and Lutheran Churches agreed on a “Joint Statement on the Doctrine of Justification,” which resolved many of the theological questions that are at the heart of the chime. This document has been welcomed and confirmed by the Anglican community. Two different visions of man as a sinner, attained by grace, must not allow us to forget a fundamental consequence: man can only be saved by the grace of Christ, and it would be an insane pretext to trust in his strengths or merits.

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