Thorvald Hansen


Lutheranism, Danish Church, Danish language weekly


1£ you were to peruse the pages of Danneuirke, the Danish language weekly, for the first half of the year 1923, you would find the pages filled with articles pro and con concerning the pastoral pledge (praesteloflet). The pastoral pledge is not to be confused with the pastoral vow to remain true to the Orristian faith. No one objected to this. The pledge, on the other hand, was a promise to remain true to the canonical books of Lutheranism. Some had refused to take this pledge and had, accordingly, been denied ordination. This matter was to be dealt with at the annual meeting of the Danish Lutheran Church at Cedar Falls, Iowa in June of 1923. A compromise was indeed reached at that meeting. That compromise proved acceptable to most of those who were involved.