Catholic, Protestant Scholars to Discuss Indulgences

In a move that has no precedent in the centuries since the Reformation, the Vatican has brought 20 Catholic and Protestant theologians together to discuss indulgences. Under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, the
discussions will begin with an attempt to define what the church means by indulgences.

Monsignor John Radano, one of the Catholic scholars who will participate in the discussions, told a Vatican Radio audience that it is important to recognize that under the Catholic understanding, "there is no conflict between indulgences and the mercy of God toward the sinner who repents."

The participants in the meeting will include
Cardinal-elect Walter Kasper, the secretary for the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity; Ismael Noko, the secretary general of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches; and Rev. Sven Oppegaard, a Lutheran scholar from Geneva.

This Vatican update from Catholic World News, Domus Enterprises:

FROM: by the Editors of ReligionToday