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  • Insanity of Martin Luther

    08/18/2017 11:50:52 AM PDT · by fishtank · 135 replies
    R. C. Sproul's popular lecture on Protestant Reformer Martin Luther.
  • Lutheran Leader Calls on Theologians to Remove Obstacles to Unity with Catholics

    07/26/2017 7:41:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The head of the Lutheran World Federation has called on theologians to remove the obstacles that hinder unity with the Catholic Church. Rev. Dr. Martin Junge made his remarks in a letter commemorating the 50th anniversary of official Lutheran dialogue with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. “Our task as theologians and as pastors should never be to provide explanations as to why unity is not yet possible; our task shall be to creatively and courageously remove the obstacles that still prevent us from the enjoyment of God’s gift of unity,” wrote Junge. He added, “Decades of ecumenical dialogue,...
  • Further thoughts on Luther, the Reformation—and G. K. Chesterton

    07/14/2017 10:07:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 225 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 13, 2017 | Dale Ahlquist
    @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderControls.css"); Further thoughts on Luther, the Reformation—and G. K. Chesterton – Catholic World Report 6-8 minutes @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderContent.css"); Left: Martin Luther in 1532 portrait; right: G.K. Chesterton in his study, date unknown (Wikipedia) So, I took some heat from my previous article on the Reformation—“The Bible, the Reformation, and G.K. Chesterton”—because I implied that the Reformation was started by Protestants. Apparently I did not spend enough time attacking the Catholic Church, which, as everyone knows, was responsible for the creation of Martin Luther and company.But since we are still in the midst of our year long observance...
  • How to Think About Luther?

    07/12/2017 4:52:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 417 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 12, 2017 | James Kalb
    How to Think About Luther?James Kalb Traditionally, Catholics have viewed Luther as a heresiarch, and the Lutheran break from Rome as a religious and civilizational catastrophe. More recently, in line with current ecumenical and pastoral initiatives, that view has softened.The softening has been quite noticeable during the current pontificate. The pope recently took part in a joint liturgy with the Church of Sweden to commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of Luther’s rebellion. He has also suggested informally that a Lutheran married to a Catholic might legitimately decide to receive communion from a Catholic priest, and that disputes between Catholics and...
  • Martin Luther's Devotion to Mary

    06/18/2017 5:12:06 PM PDT · by narses · 94 replies ^ | Dave Armstrong
    Despite the radicalism of early Protestantism toward many ancient Catholic "distinctives," such as the Communion of the Saints, Penance, Purgatory, Infused Justification, the Papacy, the priesthood, sacramental marriage, etc., it may surprise many to discover that Martin Luther was rather conservative in some of his doctrinal views, such as on baptismal regeneration, the Eucharist, and particularly the Blessed Virgin Mary. Luther indeed was quite devoted to Our Lady, and retained most of the traditional Marian doctrines which were held then and now by the Catholic Church. This is often not well-documented in Protestant biographies of Luther and histories of the...
  • (Catholic) Bishop Hails Martin Luther as "Mystic of Grace"

    06/18/2017 8:16:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | June 18, 2017 | Gloria TV
    Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron writes on, that Alec Ryrie's book “Protestants” caused him to look differently at Martin Luther, “for at the core of Luther’s life and theology was an overwhelming experience of grace". He calls Luther’s “religious movement” a “love affair”. And, “Luther was a mystic of grace, someone who had fallen completely in love.” In realty Luther was a drunkard, who called the Mass “the greatest and most terrible abomination” of all “papal idolatries” (Schmalkald Articles). He said things like: “Christ committed adultery first of all with the women at the well about whom St...

    06/13/2017 10:49:10 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 53 replies
    Church Militant ^ | June 11, 2017 | Anita Carey
    Bishops are silent when asked why we are to be "Thankful" CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. ( - Faithful Catholics in the dioceses of Pittsburgh and Greensburg are concerned about the planned "celebrations" of the Protestant revolt 500 years ago. They are up in arms about joint celebrations last March and upcoming in June and October with Catholics and Protestants, asking for Church Militant's interpretation of the validity of the events, believing these should not be going on. Events such as the regional effort between the Catholic Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Byzantine Catholic Church in southwest Pennsylvania are causing...
  • 'Robot priest grants auto-blessings in same town that Luther launched Protestant Reformation

    05/30/2017 7:17:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 29, 2017 | mailonline reporter
    'Rust in peace': Robot priest grants auto-blessings in the same German town that Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago A robot priest that beams lights from its hands is giving 'auto-blessings' in the same German city where Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation. Five hundred years after Luther published the 95 Theses in the town of Wittenberg, in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, an evangelical church unveiled an automatic blessing robot for the special celebrations.
  • Pope: ‘We Are Called to Free Ourselves From the Prejudices’

    04/01/2017 7:40:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Zenit ^ | March 31, 2017 | Deborah Castellana Lubov
    Pope: ‘We Are Called to Free Ourselves From the Prejudices’ Pope Issues an Invitation at First Historical Congress Ever Held by Catholics and Protestants in Vatican 500 Years After Luther March 31, 2017Deborah Castellano LubovEcumenism and Interreligious dialogue, Papal Texts, Pope and Holy See © PHOTO.VA - Osservatore Romano “We are called to free ourselves from the prejudices,” and for the Pope, research is a way to do so… Pope Francis stressed this while addressing the International Conference of Study organized by the Pontifical Council for Historical Sciences, on the occasion of the 500-Year Anniversary of the Protestant Reform (1517-2017)...
  • The ideas set out by Martin Luther sparked a reformation in the idea of authority itself

    03/25/2017 11:20:07 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 61 replies
    History Today ^ | March 22, 2017 | By Frank Furedi
    It is unlikely that Martin Luther set out to shatter authority. Yet the Reformation, which started with the publication of his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517, set in motion a chain of events that fundamentally undermined the idea of authority itself. Luther demanded that the papacy respond to his criticisms of the Church’s moral failings. His actions did not simply call into question the moral authority of the Church. His defiant stand gave voice to a sentiment that would eventually provide legitimation for disobeying all forms of authority. Luther’s challenge to the papacy’s moral status converged with the ascendancy of secular...
  • 500 years after the Reformation: End the schism!

    03/01/2017 9:40:57 AM PST · by ebb tide · 114 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | March 1, 2017 | Hans Kung
    Hans Küng, Catholic priest and Swiss theologian, has taken great pains to end the 16th-century schism between Catholics and Protestants since he wrote his doctoral dissertation on "Justification. The Teaching of Karl Barth and a Catholic Reflection" in 1957. He continues that work today with the release of the statement below, which is being published simultaneously by National Catholic Reporter and The Tablet. Küng has collected all his writings on the Justification Doctrine in the first volume of his collected works, which is being published by the German publishing house Herder. Sixty years ago, Küng's work led to the consensus...
  • The Magdeburg Confession

    12/17/2009 12:06:40 PM PST · by the_conscience · 2 replies · 388+ views
    Law and History Review ^ | John Witte Jr
    Ironically, Beza found his "signal example"8 of how to deal with tyranny and resistance not so much in the work of early Calvinists as in the work of later Lutherans—particularly the Lutheran jurists and theologians who had drafted the Magdeburg Confession of 1550. The Magdeburg Confession was a major distillation of the most advanced Lutheran resistance theories of the day.9 The leaders of the small Saxon city of Magdeburg had drafted this Confession in response to the order of the Holy Roman Emperor to impose by civil law the uniform Catholic doctrines and liturgies being crafted by the Council of...
  • BREAKING: Vatican to issue stamp featuring Martin Luther

    01/17/2017 1:43:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 100 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Jan Bentz
    If you happen to receive a piece of mail from the Vatican this year, don’t be surprised to see the face of Martin Luther. The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed Tuesday to LifeSiteNews that Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017. The office is in charge of the annual commission of stamps, coins, and other commemorative medals. The Vatican regularly issues such memorabilia for special events, including papal trips and holy years. Honoring Luther and...
  • The Vatican postage stamp to celebrate Luther

    01/17/2017 12:50:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    RS ^ | January 16, 2017 | jeannedare
    It happens up the magazine where Bolaffi (the oldest and the largest company in philatelic) announce the stamps to be issued this year. I see the page dedicated to the Statement of the Vatican City, where he announces a << >> issue that astonishes, as he wrote the piece extender: nothing less than a postage stamp of the Holy See that celebrates the five hundred years since the Reformation. Of course, the color image which is above the Vatican paper square is that of Martin Luther. Google translation.
  • Inventor of Christianity?

    12/22/2016 4:11:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | December 22, 2016
    Inventor of Christianity? On December 17th, the anti-Catholic Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, to whom Pope Francis talks regularly, revealed in La Repubblica how Francis answered the question which saint he prefers. Francis said, “The first is obviously Paul. He is the one who constructed our religion.” Lutheran theses coincide with what happened in the first centuries: At the end of his article, Scalfari writes, "In the early centuries of Christianity, the sacraments were celebrated directly by the faithful and the priests only served.” Scalfari continues, “Francis agrees on these Lutheran theses that coincide with what happened in the first centuries."...
  • Could Pope Francis Be a Secret Protestant?

    12/04/2016 7:15:49 AM PST · by pinochet · 156 replies
    Pope Francis put up a statue of Martin Luther in a prominent place in the Vatican. He then received a delegation of Lutherans, who presented him with a copy of Luther's 95 Thesis. He then put on a blue scarf, representing the Lutheran tradition, at his meeting with the Lutherans. See: Luther, who was historically considered a Catholic heretic and apostate, has received more honor from Pope Francis than most Catholic saints. On the other hand, conservative Catholic cardinals like Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Sarah, are treated like dirt. What more evidence do we need, to prove that Francis...
  • On Election Day in America, Pope Meets With Italy’s Most Famous Abortionist

    11/08/2016 10:12:46 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November 8, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    As day at last dawns on the Westernmost regions of the United States of America, her people face a stark choice: while neither candidate has a positive track record on abortion, one promises to be the most pro-abortion, anti-life president in the nation’s 240-year history, while the other makes a newly-minted promise to defend life. The decision made today in the elections of the waning but still-most-powerful nation on earth will have ripple effects throughout the remainder of our lifetimes. It is on this momentous occasion that Pope Francis, an astute master of symbolic gestures, has chosen to meet with...
  • Martin Luther to be canonized

    10/30/2016 7:43:54 PM PDT · by fishtank · 62 replies
    Eccles and Bosco ^ | Oct. 16, 2016 | Mr. Eccles
    Sunday, 16 October 2016 Martin Luther to be canonized As part of the celebrations of the Reformation, and to mark his excellent relations with the Lutherans - "After all, they're far more Catholic than the German cardinals Kasper, Marx, and their cronies" - Pope Francis has agreed to canonize Martin Luther himself.
  • Reformation Sunday comes back to haunt me

    10/30/2016 4:26:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Motherlands ^ | October 29, 2016 | Denise Renner
    We’ve been hearing a lot about Martin Luther lately. Earlier this year, Lutherans received communion at St. Peter’s Basilica. Then there was the chocolate Luther on display at the Vatican, part of a Lutheran pilgrimage leading up to the Reformation celebration in Lund, Sweden, which Pope Francis is attending. As a former Lutheran myself, this is all very unexpected. I was under the distinct impression that Martin Luther was not regarded favorably by the Church. (“The Pope is the Antichrist” thing; the excommunication bit.) When my husband wanted to become Catholic and I (emphatically) did not, I dreaded Reformation Sunday....
  • Pope to Commemorate Protestant Revolt

    10/30/2016 10:14:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | October 29, 2016 | David Martin
    In what is being hailed as a milestone in the ongoing progress toward Catholic-Lutheran unity, Pope Francis will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on October 31 [Halloween!], in Lund, Sweden. At 2:00 pm, the pope will participate in an ecumenical prayer service in the Lutheran cathedral in Lund, where he will deliver a sermon aimed at strengthening ecumenical ties between the two religions. Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, sums it up. "For the very first time, Catholics and Lutherans will commemorate together, at the global level, the anniversary of the...