In a post on Reformation Day, former Lutheran and now Roman Catholic priest Fr. Longnecker posted the picture below with the two brief comments:
That would be Lutheran bishop of Stockholm Eva Brunne on the left. Eva is in a 'registered and blessed' homosexual partnership. She and her 'partner' have a child conceived through artificial insemination.
The post was copied to another former Lutheran turned Roman Catholic blogger named Fr. Zuhlsdorf who added:
I remember how in seminary I was forced, over my objections and with realistic threats of expulsion from the faculty, to go to a Lutheran church on reformation and sing as part of a choir “A mighty fortress is our God”.
I complained on Fr. Longnecker's blog that these were not representative of Lutheran Confession and practice. Of course they represent some, many even, among Lutheranism who have departed Lutheran Confession and practice. My point being, they are NOT the heirs of Luther. Is Hans Kung the heir of Thomas Aquinas? No, Romans would point out that Kung has departed from the [Roman] Catholic faith. So my point is the same. The people in the photo and the others named with similar theological positions are not the heirs of Luther at all but errant Lutherans who claim the heritage but have departed from that legacy. The heirs of Luther are those who subscribe to, confess still, and practice consistent with the Lutheran Confessions. Period.
The people in the photo and others whom we might append to the little joke of Fr. Longnecker are a scandal to Lutherans and a scandal to orthodox Christianity as a whole. We all know that dressing up as a bishop does not make one a bishop. FWIW these Lutherans are the closest to Roman apostolic succession among Lutherans but it shows that Confessions without enforcement and bishops without teaching authority of the Confessions are empty and meaningless.
As far as Fr. Zuhlsdorf's painful admission of the ultimate cruelty of having to sing "A Mighty Fortress" in a Lutheran Church on Reformation Day, let me just say this. Half of the hymnal Gather and much of the content of other Roman Catholic hymnals and missalettes is so vacuous and empty that I would think it a cause for celebration to sing words that confess the true faith (whether the singer is Roman Catholic or Lutheran). We sing the words of countless Roman Catholic authors because of what the words say (or do not say) so it will not kill him to sing catholic words from the pen of Martin Luther. I am thinking about sending him a box of tissues, however, as a gesture of kindness.