The Inner Plight of Christendom

Contrary to the opinion of some church politicians, the failure of one church is by no means an opportunity for another. As the great persecutions of our century do not know any difference between the confessions, even if this at times appears to be the case, so the inner plight of Christendom too is basically everywhere the same. If the Protestant churches fail, then this does not mean that Catholicism has to rise, and vice versa (e.g., in Latin America). This is true for the relation between all churches, even within one denomination. The relation is not governed by the law of scales where the decline of the one means the ascent of the other, but rather by the law of communicating tubes in which increase and decrease of the level always correspond to each other. The greatest examples of this law are the Enlightenment of the 18th and the awakening of the 19th centuries. Behind this historical law stands the divine mystery of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church which lives hidden in, with, and under the earthly churches wherever the gospel and the sacraments of Christ are.
'Lambeth 1958', Letters to Lutheran Pastors Number 48
Translated by Holger Sonntag and published here with his kind permission.


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