The above words of Pius XI in Mortalium Animos were true when he wrote them. They remain true today. The inanity of Catholics in any way celebrating or commemorating, unless it is to condemn the event, the heresy and schism of Martin Luther, ought to be obvious. That it isn't obvious to many is just one sign of the mess we are in.
A reader of this blog sent me a link to an article on the Archdiocese's Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (yes, there is one) that details their eager preparation for the 500th anniversary of Luther's revolt next year. Any member of the faithful with Catholic sensibility should read it, preferably with Holy Water and an adult beverage nearby. The office urges parishes to enter into "parish-based, lay dialogues" with Lutheran congregations "to foster greater unity of the church"es" (sic).
Terrific. Just what we need. One can only hope that the parish-based, lay-leaders of these dialogues will do the same fine job of passing along Lutheranism to their parishioners that they have done in passing along Catholicism in the recent past.