Do not exaggerate differences unnecessarily

Do not exaggerate differences unnecessarily

Pfarrweisach – it was not at all contrary at an ecumenical discussion group in the parish hall of pfarrweisach. Evangelical pastor bernd grosser from ebern and catholic pastor stefan eschenbacher from habfurt answered questions posed by pastor manfred greinke from fischbach as moderator. The visitors also had the opportunity to ask the church representatives questions in connection with ecumenism. The singkreis pfarrweisach under the direction of klemens albert sang some songs in between.
At the beginning, pastor greinke set the framework for the discussion. It should be about listening well in open dialogue, understanding each other and learning from each other. Both pastor grosser and pastor eschenbacher were pleased that the reformation jubilee, which is being celebrated this year, has developed into a common reformation commemoration that transcends denominational boundaries and culminates in various christmas festivals, such as easter in hofheim and reformation day in ebern. Even if there is still a need for clarification, there is agreement that the focus must be on the common basis of jesus christ. In a reconciled way, the differences between protestant and catholic should be perceived, acknowledged and lived.
However, it was impossible to see how ecumenism in the congregations could be warm and open, but in the theological discussion there was a standstill, and at the level of the church leadership there were still fears of loss and contact. The good cooperation between cardinal reinhard marx and regional bishop heinrich bedford-strom gives hope.
The two pastors also agreed that the differences in the teachings of the two denominations should not be unnecessarily exaggerated, but that they should accept each other in pragmatic cooperation. In this way, pressure can be passed on upwards, as for example in the communion of the lord’s supper and the eucharist, where the people had long since made their decision.
Pastor greinke concluded by noting that there had never been a fully unified church from the beginning, although all believed in one god and referred to jesus christ. The visitors to the ecumenical discussion evening also agreed that in the future we can no longer afford to argue about different truths of faith. It is necessary to live with the reconciled difference and not to bring the christian message in a confessional way.

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