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500th Anniversary of the Reformation


In Wittenberg on 31 October 1517, Martin Luther posted ninety-five theses concerning abuses he saw in the church. The consequences of that action were no doubt unforeseen by him at the time, yet their effect has shaped the religious and cultural history of the west ever since. The date and the event have become symbolic of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 cannot go unnoticed.

While it most directly touches Lutherans and Catholics, it is not without significance for other Christian communions, and indeed for western society. Five hundred years on, even though both the situation of the church and the world situation are very different from the time of Martin Luther, the effects of the Reformation endure.
 
The Bishops Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the bishops of the Lutheran Church of Australia have issued a joint statement in acknowledgement of this anniversary. They speak of three dimensions to the commemoration: an awareness of the past and the damage that resulted from the conflict and division; thankfullness for the healing of the relationship between Lutherans and Catholics; and the desire to walk forward together on a common path.  Read the full statement here.