Catholic Scholars of Luther

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Johannes Cochlaeus was a contemporary of Luther’s and his first “heresiographer,” in the words of Ralph Keen*—in other words, the opposite of a hagiographer, one who demonizes a supposedly wicked and impious enemy of the church. Cochlaeus’s 1548 biography, “The deeds and writings of Dr Martin Luther from the year of the Lord 1517 to […]

The Fries-Rahner Proposal for the Unity of the Church

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In the early 1980s, two Catholic theologians—Karl Rahner and Heinrich Fries—offered a proposal of their own for the unity of the church. It provoked widespread discussion after its publication under the title Unity of the Church: An Actual Possibility. Eight theses lay out the conditions for church unity. They are (briefly summarized): Thesis one states […]