Today's Los Angeles Times has an article on Reformation Day. Most Protestant churches, even most Evangelical churches, probably won't give the subject as much attention as a liberal non-Christian publication like the Los Angeles Times does. Similarly, we'll probably see many liberal media outlets criticizing the historicity of the infancy narratives in the coming weeks, while most churches (and others who should be involved) have less to say on the issue.
The Los Angeles Times article has some problems, but it does mention many of the benefits of the Reformation, and it's a positive article overall. We even get a couple of lines about justification that are relatively good:
"At the heart of the Reformation is the doctrine of justification by faith -- meaning people are saved by God's grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, not by good deeds, Feldmeth said. Luther said works are important, but they are a natural outgrowth of salvation -- not crucial to earning it."
Later in the article, though:
"As for the red so visible on Reformation Sunday, it is steeped in symbolism. 'Red is, of course, the color of the Holy Spirit and of divine power, as at Pentecost, but it also is the color of martyrdom and may be understood to honor the martyrs who died in the terrible religious struggles that followed the turn from Rome,' explained Marshall, whose husband, father, sister and daughter are Lutheran pastors. 'In our day, we may honor both the Protestant and Roman Catholic saints who lost their lives for their faith.'"
I don't see a reason to honor Roman Catholic martyrs in the sense of publicly celebrating them. I can understand hoping for the best, hoping that those martyrs were saved in spite of their errors. Or I can understand acknowledging that injustice was involved in some cases or recognizing some virtue or another that a Roman Catholic martyr may have had. But the same could be said about other holidays or historical events that are often commemorated. There are two sides to every story. A British soldier during the Revolutionary War may have been a good husband or may have died unjustly. Maybe one of the Roman soldiers who carried out the beating and execution of Jesus Christ was good at providing for his children or was faithful to his friends. Do we usually mention such things at a time like the Fourth of July or the Easter season? Would you make the effort to mention that we can honor British or Roman soldiers if you were interviewed by the Los Angeles Times?
Try running searches under terms like "Reformation" and "Halloween" at Google News or with other news search engines. Contrast the results.