This is posted for Levi, one of the nicest Lutherans on Tumblr. This document is a thorough summary of the perspectives on 1517 and the shattering of Christian unity.
It does not candy coat or water down the doctrinal differences which exists between Catholicism and Protestant Christianity.
And the historical sketch or summary of events leading up to Luther’s protest of 1517 is one of the most balanced and nuanced which I have read–an excellent summary which avoids Catholic drama about “Oh we were so bad, we needed so much reform” or the simplistic “Luther just wanted to reform, and things just got away from him, poor thing.”
There is neither a desire to canonize Martin Luther (in fact, there is a reference to Lutheran acknowledgement of his anti-Semitism, the Lutheran persecutions against the Anabaptists, and the Lutheran justification of massacring the Germans who participant in the Peasants Revolt), but neither is there a desire to demonize him or marginalize his contributions.
This is excellent reading. When I get most questions about Catholic and Protestant differences and dialogue, I will just link folks to this document.