The recent document from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity offering “Resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” is causing quite a stir mainly thanks to its treatment of Martin Luther.
The money quote most often cited reads as follows:
Catholics are now able to hear Luther’s challenge for the Church of today, recognising him as a “witness to the gospel” (From Conflict to Communion 29).
As horrifying as this is, let’s be honest: Exceedingly few people (other than so-called “traditionalists” – aka Catholics – who already know better) even read this garbage, and far fewer still put any real stock in it.
In other words, rank and file under-nourished Catholics, the majority of whom can barely articulate the basics of their own faith, aren’t going to immerse themselves in the writings of Martin Luther just because the self-deluded ecumaniancs in Rome published an obscure document singing his praises.
Besides, most of them likely receive all of the Protestant theology they can handle right in their very own parishes (that is, those that still bother showing up for Mass.)
Now, that’s not to say that these ecumenical texts are entirely without value; in reality, they are quite valuable inasmuch as they provide insight into how the madmen in Rome intend to lead even more souls to perdition in the months and years ahead.
Remember, those running the show in Rome these days are no longer concerned with the salvific mission that was given to the Church by Jesus Christ. Theirs is a more earthbound mission; one that is entirely humanistic.
Their words and deeds are, therefore, far more political in nature than Apostolic.
With this important distinction in mind, the more observant among us will notice that official Vatican statements (like the document under discussion here) often contain hints as to what lies ahead.
In other words, one will sometimes find “seeds” planted in these texts that are rather like “trial balloons” meant to test the ecclesial (political) climate on some point or another.
For instance, the controversial quote about Martin Luther (above), for all of the attention it has been receiving over the last few days, is really nothing new; it was taken (as indicated) from the 2013 Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity document cited in parenthesis, “From Conflict to Communion,” which reads:
Implicit rapprochement with Luther’s concerns has led to a new evaluation of his catholicity, which took place in the context of recognizing that his intention was to reform, not to divide, the church. This is evident in the statements of Johannes Cardinal Willebrands and Pope John Paul II.  The rediscovery of these two central characteristics of his person and theology led to a new ecumenical understanding of Luther as a “witness to the gospel.”
NB: The footnote found in the excerpt above references a lecture from Cardinal Willebrands that dates back to 1970, and a letter of Pope John Paul II from 1983, wherein Luther’s “catholicity” and pure “intentions” were “recognized.”
How these modernists managed to judge the interior disposition of Luther’s soul from their vantage point some four centuries later is anyone’s guess. The important point, however, is that these were the “seeds” that blossomed into Luther’s anointing by Rome as a “witness to the gospel” in 2013; only to be repeated just last week.
While it took several decades for the Willebrands and Wojtyla seeds to so germinate, we must admit that, in our day, the process is moving at a much faster pace.
In the three years since Rome first professed Luther as a “witness to the gospel,” we have been treated to such rotten fruits as Francis condemning proselytism as “solemn nonsense” and “poison,” his public apology issued “as Bishop of Rome and Pastor of the Catholic Church, for the non-evangelical behavior on the part of Catholics” toward Protestants, and, of course, his recent visit to Lund kicking off a year-long celebration of the Protestant revolt.
With all of this having been said, the questions we should be asking now are simply these:
What kinds of “seeds” have been scattered in this most recent document from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and most importantly, into what might we expect those seeds to blossom?
The answer is perhaps as predictable as it is lamentable; it is, in a word, intercommunion.
In fact, if we look a bit more closely at the ecumenical document issued back in 2013, we will find that the seeds of intercommunion were planted therein in any number of places; not the least of which is its very title: “From Conflict to Communion.”