Posts Tagged ‘Protestant reformation’

New Vatican stamps to be released

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Two new postage stamps will be released by the Vatican on 23 November. One is a 2.55-euro stamp celebrating the 450th Anniversary of Saint Francis de Sales’s birth. The other is a 1.00-euro stamp marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Read more Related Posts:Racism row erupts after Spanish ‘equality’ stamps…Royal Mail unveils Christmas Read more

Things for Catholics to know about Reformation Day

Monday, October 30th, 2017

This is the time of year my Lutheran friends share photos of Reformation choirs and Martin Luther-themed socks on social media. Yet, to my Roman Catholic friends, the Reformation isn’t something to celebrate. In their eyes, our admiration for Martin Luther is as misguided as holding a big party in honour of one’s divorce. They Read more

500 years ago, Catholics embracing Luther

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

ROME – This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and since we’ve framed that world-changing event for a half-millennium now as “Catholics v. Protestants,” it’s easy to forget a simple truth about what happened on Oct. 31, 1517, and everything that followed: Martin Luther’s original audience was made up entirely, 100 percent, by Read more

Martin Luther and the advent of the self

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

The anniversary observed by many Protestants as Reformation Day (October 31st) has a special significance this year, since it will be 500 years since Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation in Germany by sending his famous 95 theses to the Archbishop of Mainz. Luther may also have posted his manifesto, following academic tradition, on the Read more

Church pews and why some Catholic churches don’t have them

Monday, July 31st, 2017
Church pews and the reformation

In the United States we see pews as a necessary and basic part of every Catholic church. However, pews are a rather recent invention and surprisingly didn’t even originate in Catholicism. For most of Church history, worshipers stood during the celebration of Mass. There did exist a few scattered benches for the elderly to sit Read more

Reformation, Catholics and today’s unity

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

The Reformation’s 500th jubilee is important to Catholics as well as Protestants, says Sr Joyce Ann Zimmerman. Zimmerman is a Sister of the Precious Blood, and a professor of liturgy from Dayton, Ohio. Although the Catholic Church has been involved in a number of divisions over the millennia – including the Protestant Reformation – it Read more

A psychological examination of Luther’s revolt

Friday, November 4th, 2016

This coming year will mark the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses onto the door of the collegiate church of Wittenberg, traditionally regarded as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. It has been a cause of some concern and consternation for many Catholics to have learned that there will be Catholic Read more