This lecture will explore the significance of the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, and the celebratory points of 50 years of Lutheran-Catholic dialogue. Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future. In what spirit shall we commemorate this anniversary together? What can the experience of the Reformation teach us today? How might we recommit ourselves to give a common witness to the mercy of God in service to the world?
Catherine E. Clifford is Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. She holds a PhD in Theology from St. Michael’s College, Toronto, and an STL from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Her teaching and research are centered on questions of ecclesiology and ecumenical dialogue. Her recent publications include Decoding Vatican II (Paulist, 2014), and Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II, co-authored with Richard R. Gaillardetz (Liturgical Press, 2012). She serves on the Joint Working Group between the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada and the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops. She is currently a Resident Scholar at the Collegeville Institute.
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