The Pope won’t lift Luther’s excommunication

The 500th Anniversary of Luther’s excommunication was last Sunday, January 3, 2021. Last June around 30 Catholic and Protestant theologians from the Altenberg Ecumenical Discussion Group (Altenberger Ökumenischen Gesprächskreises) wrote to Pope Francis on Pentecost Sunday, urging him to repeal Pope Leo X’s penalty of excommunication against Luther. But Pope Francis refused to do it. Read a contemporary article at Virtue Online and our thoughts on rescinding the excommunication.