Grand Rapids, Jun. 16, 2006 (CNA) - While the U.S. Catholic Bishops are currently meeting to discuss slight changes to the mass, delegates of the Christian Reformed Church in West Michigan are discussing how to resolve a historic condemnation of the Catholic mass, which appears in their Heidelberg Catechism.Oops! Just a misunderstanding! Sorry!
The Protestant catechism declares that the Catholic mass is “a condemnable idolatry” and, essentially, that it denies that Christ's crucifixion paid for humanity's sins once and for all....[but] advocates said the catechism got the Catholic mass wrong in the midst of the Reformation's theology war.
There was the same sort of misunderstanding about Luther's doctrine of justification, and the Orthdox understanding of the meaning of the filioque clause in the Nicene Creed.