Martin Junge, a Lutheran official evinced some of the problems even as he waxed lyrical about "unity". Notice what he said: "building bridges so that we can draw closer to each other, houses where we can meet together and tables — yes, tables — where we can share the bread and the wine, the presence of Jesus Christ who has never left us and who calls us to abide in him so the world may believe." Notice how he speaks of mere bread and wine. Unless Lutherans understand that at Consecration during the Mass, the bread and wine cease to be bread and wine and they become the Body and Blood of Jesus. There is no understanding, no acceptance of that in his remarks, therefore there can be no real unity.
In Crud we read, "Pope Francis and the global Lutheran leader have jointly pledged to remove the obstacles to full unity between their Churches, leading eventually to shared Eucharist." Again, we know that only as Lutherans forsake their sect and are received into the Catholic Church can they partake of the Eucharist. There's no other way to "remove the obstacles".
Regrettably the pope provided one example of how the yearning for baseless unity will lead to more error. In Zenit we read; The Pope said that with gratitude we can “acknowledge that the Reformation helped give greater centrality to sacred Scripture in the Church’s life.” He also said that Martin Luther, “with the concept "by grace alone,’” reminds us that God “always takes the initiative, prior to any human response, even as he seeks to awaken that response. The doctrine of justification thus expresses the essence of human existence before God. There is so much here to be unpacked that we must resort to "bullet" format.
- "greater centrality to sacred Scripture" What Scripture??? Martin Luther mutilated it by removing from it books that didn't support his heresies. For instance, the two books of Maccabees were removed for they provided direct reference to the doctrine of purgatory. As we all know, Luther eliminated that teaching from his perverted system of thought. I understand that he was also going to pull the Letter of James from the New Testament. I don't know what happened to prevent that.
- Speaking of Scriptural mutilation, we recall also that Luther added the word "alone" to the passage in Romans where he speaks of Abraham's faith. Is that the "grace alone" to which the pope refers? Why does the pope affirm the sola fide heresy concocted by Luther? Yes, that's what it is; it certainly is no true "doctrine".
Below I'll post an interview given by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, reminding us that the Council of Trent already addressed the issue of Lutheran error. The Council of Trent is binding.