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The Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue in the United States first met in 1965, the first dialogue established by the Commission for Ecumenical Affairs (now called the BCEIA).

The dialogue has explored a wide range of theological topics, including koinonia ecclesiology, justification by faith, papal primacy, Eucharist, and Baptism. In 2010, the Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue completed a common statement entitled The Hope of Eternal Life which explored in depth the common belief of Catholics and Lutherans in Jesus Christ's promise of eternal life.

In March 2017, BCEIA Chair Mitchell T. Rozanski signed A Joint Statement on the Occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with Lutheran Bishop Donald P. Kreiss, chair for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations.

The dialogue currently meets twice a year. The 12th Round explored the aspects of faith teaching with Reverend Lowell Almen, Bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Most Reverend Denis Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore serving as co-chairs. They have completed its document entitled “Faithful Teaching” and is awaiting its publication.

Documents and News Releases Produced by the Dialogue

Link to our dialogue partner: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


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