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Full communion with the Roman See would require separate actions by each of the one hundred or more member Churches of LWF, unless LWF found a way to do it en bloc on behalf of all its member Churches. Another step might be inviting Lutheran observers to participate in Catholic synods of bishops (probably Lutheran bishops), such as the recent synod on families.

The 500th jubilee celebration of the Reformation in 2017 has provided the impetus for rekindling the desire for reconciliation between the Roman and Reformation Churches.

Different anniversaries have had their particular emphases.

This is the first jubilee observance of the Reformation that will occur in the ecumenical era that began after World War II and gained momentum after the Second Vatican Council (1962-65).

Top Lutheran theologians participated as observers at the Second Vatican Council along with Anglican, other Protestant, and Orthodox observers.

The 300th anniversary in 1817 marked a return to Lutheran confessionalism after the age of Rationalism.

The 400th anniversary was downplayed because of the First World War.

This would require a lot of bending toward each other on the part of Churches.

Moreover, the Lutheran World Federation is not a Church; it is a Communion of Churches—Churches in full communion with one another. only the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is an LWF member. One might be to work toward agreed occasions for Eucharistic hospitality between Lutherans and Roman Catholics, such communion of Lutheran/Catholic married couples, or at joint retreats, or in connection with other special events.

The Church refers to these types of marriages as [widgets_on_pages id="In Post Ad"] Sometimes a future spouse will choose to go through a process called RCIA to become Catholic prior to marriage, but it is not necessary to become Catholic before marrying a Catholic.

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