Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Universal Protestants?

From Catholic World News for May 22:
The Lutheran and Reformed churches in France have announced their decision to unite in a new body to be called the Universal Protestant Church.

The union - announced on May 20 in the town of Sochaux - will create one church composed of two regions: one Lutheran and another Reformed. The union is to become fully effective by 2013.

The Reformed Church counts around 300,000 faithful in France and the Lutheran Church 36,000.

I don’t know anything about the theological and legal discussions that went into this merger; I wish them well. But am I the only one suffering cognitive disturbances from the new name, “Universal Protestant?”