Lutherans and Catholics fall out over translation

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8 September 2005, HANOVER, GERMANY - After decades of ecumenism, German Lutherans Thursday abruptly pulled out of plans to revise the standard German translation of the Bible jointly with the Catholic Church.

8 September 2005

HANOVER, GERMANY - After decades of ecumenism, German Lutherans Thursday abruptly pulled out of plans to revise the standard German translation of the Bible jointly with the Catholic Church.

Bishop Wolfgang Huber, who chairs the EKD federation of Lutheran churches, charged that the Vatican had hemmed in the Bible project by insisting there be no "non-Catholic vocabulary" and that the wording reflect the "traditions of the church fathers".

He said Protestants were guided strictly by the "original text of Holy Scripture".

The Conference of German Catholic Bishops said it regretted the Lutherans' decision. The current standard German Bible, completed in 1980, is used by both denominations.

The break was one of the most serious that has emerged from a hardening of attitudes among German Protestants towards Catholicism.

One Lutheran pastor explained that Protestants had been especially upset at the election of German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, because Ratzinger had supervised a document denying that non-Catholic groups the right to be called "churches".

DPA

Subject: German news

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