David Schutz (or Schuetz; sorry, no umlaut available, David), an erstwhile Lutheran pastor who "swam the Tiber" in 2001, has been kind enough to draw attention to my blog 'Lutheran Catholicity' (which at the moment is nothing more than a proposal, really) on his esteemed blog 'Sentire Cum Ecclesia' (click on post title to view), which has a much wider readership than I could ever aspire to.
David is wondering who I am and has put the challenge to his readers to identify the blogger who goes by the nom de plume 'Acroamaticus' (which is Latin for "one devoted to higher things", according to the old Oxford Latin-English Dictionary). This has resulted in more hits on my profile in three days than I would normally get in three months! However, to date, no-one has identified your author, which just goes to show that I am even more obscure than I thought.
Now, one characteristic I have observed in Germans, even in German-Australians (and I hope David is not offended if I refer to him as such) is a fondness, even a compulsion, for categorising people. David has pegged me as a "Luthero-Catholic", which I must say is not a category with which I would willingly associate myself, as to me it seems rather too close to "crypto-Catholic" for comfort. Perhaps David has misread my intentions with the blog 'Lutheran Catholicity'? The intention is not to show how close to Rome the Lutheran faith is, but to show its continuity with the church catholic down through the ages. Indeed, there may even be a polemical edge to it vis a vis Rome, especially the path Rome has taken since 1563. As to how catholicity is defined, that is a famously difficult question, as recent posts here have indicated. I am working towards a definition adequate for my purposes anyway.
As far as churchmanship goes, like C.S. Lewis in regard to his Anglicanism, mutatis mutandis, I am uncomfortable being categorised into one style of Lutheran churchmanship or another, whether high or low, evangelical or catholic (or Evangelical Catholic!), contemporary or traditional. I seek to be centred by Holy Scripture, the Creeds and the Confessions and to judge all things from that position, rejoicing in the truth wherever it may be found and whatever form it takes. If that makes me a "Luthero-Catholic" in the eyes of some, so be it, to my mind it simply makes me a genuine catholic.
Oh, yes, who am I? I am but a flower quickly fading, a wave tossed on the ocean, paper in the wind, a poor, miserable sinner ever reliant on God's unmerited grace in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin, death and the devil.
With that in mind, I offer the following for your entertainment and edification: