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October 31, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Historians recognize this pivotal action as the symbolic beginning of the Protestant Reformation. There are hundreds of ways Christians around the world are remembering and celebrating the legacy of the sixteenth-century Reformation, which has had such a profound influence on the witness and contours of the global church.

One of the best ways to commemorate the Reformation is to remember the Reformers’s original vision for Catholic unity under canonical authority. This original vision has sometimes been forgotten not only by the heirs of the Reformation, but also by its critics, who often fixate on the divisions within Protestantism. Thus, a number of leaders from across the Protestant spectrum have come together to honor the original vision of the Reformers by demonstrating that, despite our genuine differences, there is a significant and substantial doctrinal consensus that unites us as “mere Protestants.”

Dozens of Protestant theologians have joined together to produce this Reforming Catholic Confession which has already been endorsed by several hundred church leaders. We invite other believers around the world to unite with us in this joyful confession of our common faith.