One of Pope Francis’ very most favoritists of the Italian bishops, personally raised by the pontifical hand to power in the episcopal conference, Bp. Nunzio Galantino, gave a talk at my old school, the Pontifical Lateran University (“The Pope’s University”) for their LutherFest2017, sponsored by the theology faculty.
I read in Il Timone
“I’ve deployed against all the papists, against the Pope and indulgences but only by preaching the word of God. And when I was sleeping the word of God was working such things that the Pope is now fallen.” [Bp.] Nunzio Galantino, Secretary General of the Italian Episcopate, read at full voice this passage from Luther which for 5 centuries was considered offensive to Catholics. “The reform started by Martin Luther 500 years ago was an event of the Holy Spirit“, the bishop affirmed while speaking at the Pontifical Lateran University to a conference promoted by the Pope’s school to celebrate the anniversary.
“The Reform”, Galantino underscored, “responds to the truth expressed in the formula ecclesia semper reformanda.” “It was the same Luther,” the Secretary of the CI reminded, “who didn’t consider himself the author of the Reform, writing: “while I was sleeping, God was reforming the Church.” “Even today,” the prelate commented, “the Church needs a reform. And today, too, it can be fulfilled by God alone.”
One thing I’ll agree on with Galantino is that the Church is in need of a reform.
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