The largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. has approved a declaration recognizing "there are no longer church-dividing issues" on many points with the Roman Catholic church.
A small c catholic: Today's American religious scene is full of people who have raised important faith questions but find that their faith communities won't or can't engage such questions.
A small c catholic: The Protestant Work Ethic can turn us Protestants into mindless centers of activity that is neither redemptive nor productive of anything but more activity.
Pope Francis has successfully gotten my Protestant attention.
He may not heal the rift our faiths made together during the Protestant Reformation of yore, but it surely looks small from the perspective of today. Christians agree on much more than not, like how Jesus predominantly and preeminently loved the poor and the marginalized. The rest of our differences, like ordination of women or natural law or hierarchical organization or the now understated infallibility doctrine, all pale in comparison to the witness of a man who washes feet and doesn’t waste words.
A small c catholic: In the last 50 years, Christians have worked to improve relations with Jews. Sometimes the conflict gets more tangled and less easy to solve.