February 7, 2011

Fundamental differences, particularly over human sexuality and marriage, should not be ignored out of fear of damaging the progress that has been made in ecumenical dialogue, Pope Benedict told Lutheran representatives.

“Ecumenical dialogue today cannot be separated from reality and life in the faith of our churches without causing damage to the churches,” he told a German Lutheran delegation Church Jan. 24.

The delegation was in Rome during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The blessing of same-sex unions is practised in a number of constituent members of the Evangelical Church in Germany, a federation of Lutheran, Reformed and Protestant regional Church bodies.