Augsburg Confession

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Augsburg Confession:

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[Lat. credo=I believe], summary of basic doctrines of faith. The following are historically important Christian creeds.

1 The Nicene Creed, beginning, "I believe in one God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and
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Augsburg Confession


exposition of the fundamentals of Lutheranism (in 28 articles, written in German and Latin). The Augsburg Confession was composed with the approval of M. Luther by his closest colleague, P. Melanchthon, and was presented to Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg in 1530. This work established the ceremonial side of the Lutheran cult and the principle of the subordination of the church to the secular ruler. In some of its formulations the Augsburg Confession also retreated from the initial views of Luther. In foreseeing the introduction of a church organization and other matters, the Augsburg Confession reflected the striving of the leaders of the Lutheran movement toward compromise with Catholicism for the joint struggle against the Anabaptists and the adherents of H. Zwingli. The rejection of the Augsburg Confession by both Charles V and the diet was the cause of a prolonged struggle between the Protestant and the Catholic princes of Germany, which came to an end with the religious Peace of Augsburg (1555).


Die Augsburgische Konfession. Edited by T. Kolde. Gotha, 1896.
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One could mention the contacts between Lutherans and Russian Orthodoxy as early as 1552 and in subsequent years through the Russian translation of basic Lutheran sources, such as the Confessio Augustana or Luther's Catechism, as well as mutual acquaintanceship, (14) rooted in the toleration shown by Russians to Protestants since the era of Tsar Ivan the Terrible (1547-1584).
En primer lugar explicaba Wenz la diferencia y simultanea proximidad de sacerdocio comun y ministerial, segun la doctrina del rite vocatus expuesta en la Confessio augustana.
lt;<La especificidad de esta tarea esta fundamentada en la expresion publice docere de la Confessio augustana XIV.
Intentaba asi evitar interpretaciones demasiado unilaterales que--en su opinion--no figuran en la Confessio augustana (5; 7; 14; 28,21s.
Recordaba ahi como, junto a la definicion de Iglesia propuesta por la Confessio augustana como la asamblea en la que se predica la palabra y se administran los sacramentos, la Iglesia catolica anadia a su vez un tercer elemento: el ministerio instituido por Jesucristo y transmitido desde los apostoles (142).
La mayoria de los autores aqui analizados advierte que la apostolicidad y el ministerium unitatis pertenecen a la misma esencia de la Iglesia, aunque los autores luteranos aqui estudiados (Wenz, Meyer, Pannenberg) no la conciben en la misma linea de necesidad que el evangelio y los sacramentos recordados en la Confessio augustana.
Asi insiste Wenz en la igualdad <<sustancial>> dei episcopado y el presbiterado, segun el capitulo XXVIII de la Confessio augustana.
El ministerium Ecclesiae se concreta de modo preferente en el ministerio parroquial, que --segun las disposiciones de la Confessio augustana (= CA) 14- debe ser un ministro rite vocatus.
19) The Assembly--conscious of the importance of this initiative-welcomes endeavours which aim at a Catholic recognition of the Confessio Augustana, expresses the willingness of the Lutheran World Federation to engage in dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church on this subject, and requests that the Executive Committee promote and carefully follow the progress of all studies of this matter, its possibilities, its problems, and its wider ecumenical implications.
Honesty in our dialogue on the Augsburg Confession also compels us to admit that there are still open questions and unresolved problems, among them the following: --The Confessio Augustana does not adopt a position on the number of the sacraments, the papacy, or on certain aspects of the episcopal order and the church's teaching office.
40) Walter Kasper, "What Would Catholic Recognition of the Confessio Augustana Mean?