Sponsors

L – RC

FIRST PHASE

August 25-27, 1965 – Strasbourg, France

Exploratory meeting to determine whether and in what manner the relations which have already begun can be continued and intensified; the content, shape and scope of possible discussions; central theological issues for future dialogue

April 13-15, 1966 – Strasbourg, France

Further study on projected dialogue; establishment of Roman Catholic – Lutheran Working Group – JOINT REPORT — Full-Text

 

MEETINGS:

 

1. November 26-30, 1967 – Zürich, Switzerland

Gospel and Tradition

2. September 15-19, 1968 – Bástad, Sweden

World and Church under the Gospel

3. May 4-8, 1969 – Nemi, Italy

Structures of the Church

4. February 22-26, 1970 – Cartigny / Geneva, Switzerland

Gospel and Law – Gospel and Christian Freedom

5. February 21-26, 1971 – San Anton, Malta

The Gospel and the Church – The Malta Report” (1972) – FINAL REPORT — Full-Text ENGLISH Full-Text DEUTSCH

CO-CHAIRMEN:

Prof. Dr. Einar Molland

Oslo, Norway

Prof. Dr. Walter Kasper

Tübingen, Federal Republic of Germany

CO-SECRETARIES:

Prof. Dr. Harding Meyer, Lutheran (1967-1972)
Dr. August B. Hasler, Catholic (1967-1972)

 

SECOND PHASE

“JOINT EVANGELICAL-LUTHERAN – ROMAN CATHOLIC COMMISSION”

MEETINGS:

 

1. March 21-24, 1973 – Geneva, Switzerland

Survey of Lutheran / RC Relations; Program planning; the significance of the world for the self-understanding of the Church

2. January 8-12, 1974 – Rome, Italy

The Ministry in interconfessional dialogue; theology of liberation and the structures of the Church; Church’s self-understanding

3. March 15-21, 1976 – Liebfrauenberg, France

Review of the way in which the “Malta Report” is being received; Lord’s Supper; models of unity

4. March 5-12, 1977 – Paderborn, Germany

Eucharist; ministry; models of the Church

5. October 7-12, 1978 – Sigtuna, Sweden

Ordained ministry; episcopate; models of the Church; ways to communion
The Lord’s Supper” –
JOINT STATEMENT — Full-Text
and OBSERVATION — Full-Text

6. February 19-23, 1980 – Augsburg, Germany

All Under One Christ” – JOINT STATEMENT — Full-Text
Ways to Community” –
JOINT STATEMENT — Full-Text
and OBSERVATION — Full-Text

7. March 9-14, 1981 – Lantana, Florida (USA)

The Ministry in the Church” – JOINT STATEMENT — Full-Text
and OBSERVATION — Full-Text

8. May 10-15, 1982 – Venice, Italy

Models of unity

9. May 2-7, 1983 – Württemberg, Germany

Martin Luther – Witness to Jesus Christ” – JOINT STATEMENT — Full-Text
and COMMENTARY — Full-Text

10. February 27-March 3, 1984 – Rome, Italy

Facing Unity. Models, Forms and Phases of Catholic-Lutheran Church Fellowship” –
JOINT REPORT — Full-Text
and COMMENTARY — Full-Text

CO-CHAIRMEN:

Prof. Dr. George A. Linbeck (1973-1984)
Professor, Yale University New Haven, CT (USA)
Most Rev. Hans L. Martensen (1973-1984)
Bishop of Copenhagen, Denmark

CO-SECRETARIES:

Dr. Peder Nørgaard-Højen, Lutheran (1973-1974)
Prof. Dr. Vilmos Vajta, Lutheran (1974-1983)
Rev. Dr. Carl H. Mau, Jr., Lutheran (1980-1984)
Rev. Dr. Daniel F. Martensen, Lutheran (1980-1984)
Rev. Dr. Eugene Brand, Lutheran (1984-1986)
Msgr. Dr. Aloys Klein, Catholic (1980-1990)
Prof. Dr. H. Schütte, Catholic (1973-1980)
Msgr. Dr. Charles Moeller, Catholic (1980)
Rev. Fr. Pierre Duprey, M. Afr., Catholic (1981-1986)

 

THIRD PHASE

MEETINGS:

 

1. March 10-14, 1986 – Céligny (Bossey), Switzerland

Justification, ecclesiology, sacramentality

2. February 15-21, 1987 – Wiesbaden-Naurod, Federal Republic of Germany

Doctrine of Justification and doctrine of the Church

3. March 7-11, 1988 – Versailles, France

Justification

4. February 27-March 4, 1989 – Opole, Poland

Contextual theology; ecclesiology

5. October 1-5, 1990 – Oslo, Norway

Ecclesiology; justification

6. September 30-October 4, 1991 – Venice, Italy

Ecclesiology; justification

7. November 10-14, 1992 – Eisenbach, Germany

Church and justification; 25th anniversary of the Lutheran/Catholic Dialogue; future of the dialogue

8. September 5-11, 1993 – Würzburg, Germany

Church and Justification
Church and Justification – Understanding the Church in the Light of the Doctrine of the Justification” –
JOINT REPORT — Full-Text
and COMMENTARY — Full-Text

CO-PRESIDENTS:

Rt. Rev. James R. Crumley, Jr. (1986-1993)

Retired Bishop of the former Lutheran Church in America

Most Rev. Karl Lehmann (1986-1987)

Bishop of Mainz, Germany

Most Rev. Paul-Werner Scheele (1988-1993)

Bishop of Würzburg, Germany

CO-SECRETARIES:

Rev. Dr. Eugene Brand, Lutheran (1986-1993)
Msgr. Basil Meeking, Catholic (1986-1987)
Msgr. John Radano, Catholic (1986-1993 )
Prof. Heinz-Albert Raem, Catholic (1990-1993)

 

FOURTH PHASE (1995-2006)

MEETINGS:

 

1. September 10-16, 1995 – Lärkkulla, Finland

Apostolicity of the Church, episcopacy and structures for Christian unity, Eucharist, ethical questions;
organizational planning

NEW NAME: “LUTHERAN-CATHOLIC COMMISSION ON UNITY”

2. September 1-7, 1996 – Rottenburg, Germany

Apostolic nature of the Church, Eucharist, ethics and moral issues

3. August 31 – September 6, 1997 – Dobogókö, Hungary

Apostolicity and Eucharist

4. August 28-September 3, 1998 – Kamień Śląski (Opole), Poland

Apostolicity and Eucharist; reactions to the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification

5. August 26 – September 1, 1999 – Tutzing, Germany

From the Apostolic Gospel to the Apostolicity of the Church; Apostolic Succession and Ordained Ministry

6. September 5-12, 2000 – Bose/Magnano, Italy

Apostolicity of the Church: Apostolic Succession and Ordained Ministry; Episkopé, Historical Development and Theological Evaluation

7. September 4-10, 2001 – Smidstrup Strand, Denmark

Church Teaching which remains in the Truth; Doctrine and Apostolic Faith in Early and Medieval Church Developments; Scripture (Canon) and Tradition from the Lutheran Perspective; the Concept and Understanding of the Magisterium in Catholic Theology from the Council of Trent to the Second Vatican Council; Ecclesial Ministry of Apostolic Teaching from the Lutheran Perspective

8. August 30 – September 6, 2002 – Würzburg, Germany

Apostolicity of the Church: Biblical, Historical and Theological Aspects

9. July 9-17, 2004 – Baltimore, Maryland (USA)

Biblical, historical and systematic theological aspects of apostolicity; Apostolicity of the Church-NT foundations; The apostolic gospel and the apostolicity of the church; Apostolic succession and the ordained ministry; Church teaching which remains in the truth

10. September 22-30, 2005 – Cassano delle Murge (Bari), Italy

Final meeting and preparation of report on The Apostolicity of the Church; identification and assessment of the ‘elements’ of apostolicity in the church and their configuration; issues of apostolic succession; the question of defectus sacramenti ordinis and a universal teaching ministry
The Apostolicity of the Church” –
FINAL REPORT — Full-Text
and COMMENT — Full-Text

 

CO-PRESIDENTS:

Dr. Béla Harmati

Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Hungary, Lutheran (1996-2006)

Archbishop Alfons Nossol

Archbishop of Opole, Poland (2001-2006)

Prof. Dr. Cardinal Walter Kasper (1996-2001)

Bishop emeritus of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany

Secretary of the Pontificial Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Catholic

CO-SECRETARIES:

Rev. Sven Oppegaard, Lutheran (1997-2006)

150 route de Ferney
CH-12 Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Eugene Brand, Lutheran (1995-1996)

Msgr. Dr. Matthias Türk, Catholic (1999-2006)

Via della Conciliazione, 5
I-00193 Rome, Italy

Msgr. Heinz-Albert Raem, Catholic (1995-1996)
Msgr. John Radano, Catholic (1995-1999)

 

FIFTH PHASE (2009-2018)

MEETINGS:

 

1. July 20-27, 2009 – Breklum (Hamburg), Germany

Discussion on the new theme of Baptism and Growth in Communion and on drafting a resource for the 2017 Reformation anniversary

2. September 22-29, 2010 – Regensburg, Germany

Work aimed at drafting a common position on the 2017 Reform Year; continuation of the theme of Baptism and Growth in Communion

3. July 8-15, 2011 – Helsinki, Finland

Continuation of work on the document From Conflict to Communion; continuation on theme of Baptism and Growth in Communion

4. July 12-19, 2012 – Paderborn, Germany

Continuation of work on the document From Conflict to Communion; continuation on theme of Baptism and Growth in Communion

5. August 13-20, 2013 – Kyoto, Japan

Completion of From Conflict to Communion; continuation on theme of Baptism and Growth in Communion
From Conflict to Communion” – FINAL REPORT — Full-Text

6. July 20-28, 2015 – Bose, Italy

Continuation on theme of Baptism and Growth in Communion

7. July 13-21, 2015 – Budapest, Hungary

Continuation on theme of Baptism and Growth in Communion

8. July 17-21, 2016 – Welwyn Garden City, UK

Continuation on theme of Baptism and Growth in Communion

9. July 18-25, 2017 – Kamień Śląski (Opole), Poland

Work on Report of Baptism and Growth in Communion; celebration of 50 years of international Catholic-Lutheran theological dialogue

10. July 18-24, 2018 – Klingenthal (Strasbourg), France

Work on finalizing report of Baptism and Growth in Communion

CO-PRESIDENTS:

Bishop Dr. Eero Huovinen, Finland (2009-2018)

Bishop emeritus of Helsinki Finland

Bishop Prof. Dr Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Germany (2009-2011)

Bishop Prof. Dr Kurt Koch, Switzerland (2009)

Auxiliary Bishop Prof. Dr Karlheinz Diez, Germany (2012)

Auxiliary Bishop of Fulda

Right Reverend William Kenney, CP (2013-2019)

Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham

CO-SECRETARIES:

Prof. Dr Kathryn L. Johnson, Lutheran (2009-2012)

Rev. Dr. Kaisamari Hintikka, Lutheran (2013-2018)

150 route de Ferney
CH-12 Geneva, Switzerland

Msgr. Dr. Matthias Türk, Catholic (2009-2018)

Via della Conciliazione, 5
I-00193 Rome, Italy

 

SPECIAL COMMISSION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION
DECLARATION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION

 

1. August 31 – September 6, 1997 – Dobogókö, Hungary

Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification – JOINT DECLARATION — Full-Text ENGLISH Full-Text DEUTSCH

2. June 11, 1999 – Geneva, Switzerland

Joint press conference presenting the “Official Common Statement and Annex” to the Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification signed October 31, 1999, Augsburg, Germany – COMMON STATEMENT — Full-Text ENGLISH Full-Text DEUTSCH

3. October 31, 1999 – Augsburg, Germany

Solemn Signing of the “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification”

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