Homilies, Musings, and What-not from a Lutheran Pastor
Thank you for this link. I find it timely on a personal level, as using the word "protestant" to describe my faith has almost no true meaning. Have you ever written anything on the discussion of "apostolic succession"? I would like to learn more on that, and how Lutheran's recognize such. I mainly think of the Orthodox church with this phrase, as I looked into becoming Greek Orthodox in the beginning of things for about 5 minutes. But there was something wrong about their idea of this concept, I could tell even back then.Just if you get a chance, a link you recommend would totally rock. Thanks!Lucci
Dear Lucciola,If you write me at firstname.lastname@example.org I can send you an article that addresses the matter VERY well from a Lutheran perspective.
Rev. Weedon,I'd also be interested in reading the article on apostolic succession to which you are referring.Pax.
Lutheranism in its eucharistic doctrine, its retention, at least in some areas, of the practice of private confession and absolution and its liturgical practice (at least down until well into the 18th Century, and even afterwards in some few areas) retained far more of traditional pre-Reformation Catholic beliefs and practices than did any Anglican church; and so Lutheran bodies that have preserved their heritage largely intact, or done a good job of recovering it, like the MO Synod, have at least as good a claim to the phrase “reformed Catholic” and (given the more-or-less total repudiation of the Reformation or at least the Reformers by Anglo-Catholics) a better claim to that of “Catholic Protestantism” than Anglican churches.That captures it in a nutshell! Right you are, Dr. Tighe!I also remember the book by Jim Naughton about Holy Spirit parish. I am not at all surprised to learn that he became Episcopalian.
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