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  • A Blind Man in a Bell Tower

    10/31/2018 10:41:29 PM PDT · by OddLane · 4 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | 10/31/18 | R.C. Sproul
    Martin Luther didn’t intend to start the Reformation. In this brief clip, R.C. Sproul explains how Luther’s 95 Theses spread across Germany and sparked a chain of events he never saw coming.
  • "How Do We Get God's Grace?" (Sermon for Reformation Day, on Romans 3:19-28)

    10/27/2018 9:30:52 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies ^ | October 28, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “How Do We Get God’s Grace?” (Romans 3:19-28) On the last Sunday in October every year, we celebrate Reformation Day. For on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed Ninety-five Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, thus starting the great Reformation of the Christian church. Last year, 2017, was the 500th anniversary of that momentous event, and there were huge celebrations around the world. This year, 2018, is the 501st anniversary, so the occasion is toned down accordingly. But we still have something to celebrate. Indeed, 1517 was just the beginning of the Reformation. Every year now we will...
  • Martin Luther: Definitely Not a Jew - The Protestant Reformation and Anti-Semitism

    08/11/2018 11:26:52 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 121 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | October 31, 2017 | Verónica Zaragovia
    On Oct. 31, 1517, Luther nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the wooden doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. In his theses, Luther criticized the pope and Catholic Church practices like the selling of indulgences for redemption. But Luther wrote more than just the 95 Theses. He’s also the author of a corpus of virulent anti-Jewish writings. Over the next 30 years, as Protestantism took root, Luther evolved from being tolerant of Jews, hopeful they could become good Christians, to being disgusted with them. He described Jews as blasphemous, contaminators and murderers who should be expelled by...
  • Did Luther say, “Be a sinner and sin boldly”?

    IV. Sin Boldly: A Detailed Analysis The Letter to Melanchthon ends with the famous “sin boldly” statement: “If you are a preacher of grace, then preach a true and not a fictitious grace; if grace is true, you must bear a true and not a fictitious sin. God does not save people who are only fictitious sinners. Be a sinner and sin boldly,  but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly, for he is victorious over sin, death, and the world. As long as we are here [in this world]  we have to sin. This life is...
  • Mrs. Don-o's Letter to Archbp Charles Chaput (Philadelphia): Speak Our Clearly, Pay Up Personally

    05/24/2018 3:00:53 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 37 replies
    Sensus Fidelium | May 25, 2018 | Mrs Don-o
    Archbishop Charles Chaput 222 North 17th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 Dear Archbishop Chaput, I just read your First Things essay "What Happens in Germany",which was forwarded to me by Fr. Thomas Weinandy. It certainly justified his recommendation: very clear, very much on-target, very important. Thank you for writing this. I have been on my parish RCIA teaching team for over 15 years, and I sincerely strive to “adhere with religious submission of will and intellect” to everything Christ authoritatively teaches through His Church. This is how I raised my sons, how I teach my students, and how I live my...
  • Metaxas’s Luther: Compelled by Conscience, Paving the Way for Religious Freedom

    01/23/2018 7:01:39 AM PST · by buffyt · 8 replies
    the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics ^ | October 23, 2017 | Hugh Whelchel
    One of the most spellbinding sections of the book is Metaxas’s superb retelling of Luther’s confrontation with Emperor Charles V in 1521 at the Diet of Worms. From the fall of 1517, when he posted his 95 Theses, through 1520, Luther continued to write and publish his ideas on church reform including The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, The Freedom of the Christian, and numerous other pamphlets and letters. In the fall of 1520, Rome threatened to excommunicate Luther from the church unless he recanted his assertions and challenges. Luther refused. Luther was excommunicated by a papal bull in January...
  • The Church betrays the Gospel if she prefers politics to God: Cardinal Brandmüller

    12/14/2017 12:06:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 13, 2017 | Diane Montagna
    “The more the Church gets taken up with politics and sets aside the reality of God, grace and sin, the more we betray the Gospel,” Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, one of the four ‘dubia’ cardinals, has said. Referring to a recent interview on Luther and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Cardinal Brandmüller, president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, noted that a high-ranking representative of German Protestantism didn’t mention God or Jesus once in over 20 minutes. He said it really “touches a nerve” when he sees political matters put before God in the Catholic Church. Cardinal Brandmüller...
  • 6 Beautiful Quotes on Mary You Won’t Believe Are From Martin Luther

    12/02/2017 7:18:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 66 replies
    Church Pop ^ | March 7, 2017 | Editor
    Martin Luther sparked the Protestant Reformation and was critical of what he considered excesses and corruptions in the Catholic Church. But did you know he continued to hold many Catholic doctrines about Mary?Here are some quotes from Martin Luther about the Blessed Virgin Mary that may surprise you:1) Mary has no equal among creation “She became the Mother of God, in which work so many and such great good things are bestowed on her as pass man’s understanding. For on this there follows all honor, all blessedness, and her unique place in the whole of mankind, among which she has...
  • Martin Luther, Islam, and the Lies that Cripple

    11/15/2017 10:31:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 11/15/2017 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center In “Islam’s Expansion Across Europe: Not Martin Luther’s Fault,” one Paul Gottfried pretends to respond to my article, “The Pro-Islamic West: Born 500 years Ago.”  While many of his own readers saw through and exposed his misrepresentations in the comments section more thoroughly than I ever would have, Gottfried’s piece is still worth examining if only for the important lessons surrounding it. First, if you seek an example of or are uncertain what a “strawman argument” is—typically defined as “giving the impression of refuting an opponent's argument,...
  • The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and What It Means Today

    10/31/2017 5:07:43 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 5 replies ^ | Scott S. Powell
    When Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517, 500 years ago this week, he probably had no idea what forces he was unleashing. Although his intention was to spur reform within the Catholic Church rather than breaking off and starting a new church, he ended up accomplishing both. In fact, the Reformation started by Luther set in motion an awakening that stimulated an unusual concentration of human genius and extraordinary wisdom that would culminate in the birth of a new nation -- one unprecedented in human history, dedicated to upholding its citizens'...
  • The Other Reformation: How Martin Luther Changed Our Beer, Too

    10/31/2017 7:57:18 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | 31 Oct 2017 | NINA MARTYRIS
    ...Every hip craft brewery today peddling expensive hoppy beers owes a debt of gratitude to Luther and his followers for promoting the use of hops as an act of rebellion against the Catholic Church. But why did Protestants decide to embrace this pretty flower, and what did it have to do with religious rebellion?... The fact that hops were tax-free constituted only part of the draw. Hops had other qualities that appealed to the new movement; chiefly, their excellent preservative qualities. "All herbs and spices have preservative qualities, but with hops, beer could travel really well, so it became a...
  • Reformation 500: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (metal version)

    10/31/2017 2:42:40 PM PDT · by fishtank · 15 replies
    Tim Bushong ^ | October 31, 1517 | Martin Luther
  • Tour the Germany of Luther’s Reformation 500 years later

    10/31/2017 2:42:29 PM PDT · by TBP · 1 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 31, 2017 | By James Nevius
    On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his now world-famous 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther’s complaints about the Roman Catholic practice of selling indulgences (the forgiving of sins) launched the Protestant Reformation, forever altering the cultural, political, religious and artistic landscape of Europe and the world. As we approach the five-hundredth anniversary of this earth-shaking event, there’s no better place to explore Luther and the Reformation than his native Germany.
  • Bergoglio Vatican celebrates Protestant Revolt with a stamp

    10/31/2017 10:02:53 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 90 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 31, 2017 | New Catholic
    Bergoglio Vatican celebrates Protestant Revolt with a stamp This is just revolting. They do not even pretend it is not a true celebration of Luther, as the reproduction of the hagiographic image of Luther and Melanchton makes clear. This is the same hierarchy that expels its precious few young people from Brussels Cathedral for praying the Holy Rosary in front of a Lutheran pastor -- the beads are probably a "microagression" that "offends" heretics. *** What truly happened on October 31, 1517? On All Hallows' Eve, a perverted monk in Upper Saxony, possessed by the prince of darkness, divided Christendom...
  • 500 years of Protestant Revolution: Must-read account of the Life and Errors of Luther

    10/30/2017 4:35:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 71 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 26, 1967 | Bp. William Adrian
    500 years of Protestant Revolution: Must-read account of the Life and Errors of Luther (by Bp. William Adrian) Fifty years ago, on the 450th anniversary of the Protestant revolt, The Wanderer published Bp. William Adrian's detailed account of the life of German heresiarch Martin Luther. In a few words: Luther was a pervert obsessed with his own sins and temptations, who thought it impossible to try to be a better person: from there arise all his issues. We have received special permission from The Wanderer to reprint this piece, which should be read by everyone interested in the history of...
  • No Badmouthing Luther. And the Pope Is Censoring Himself

    10/30/2017 4:58:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | October 30, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    October 31 marks precisely five hundred years since the symbolic beginning of the Protestant Reformation. And on the part of the highest officials of the Catholic Church, the celebrations so far have been practically a one-way street: a chorus of praise for Martin Luther. “A medicine for the Church,” Pope Francis said of him in taking stock of his ecumenical journey in Sweden exactly one year ago. “L'Osservatore Romano,” however, or “La Civiltà Cattolica” have been cautious not to republish what Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote about Luther and Calvin before he was elected pope.Only one of his texts on the...
  • Catholics praying Hail Mary removed from (Cath) Cathedral during "Reformation Celebration"

    10/30/2017 4:42:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 50 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 30, 2017 | Dr. Kurt Martens
    Catholics praying Hail Mary removed by Police from Brussels Cathedral during "Reformation Celebration" It must be one of the most shameful episodes of our shameful hierarchy of atrocious bishops.  In Brussels Cathedral, the 500 years of the hideous acts of heresiarch Luther were celebrated. What did a small group of serious Catholics do? They pleaded Our Lord for forgiveness, by invoking the aid of Our Lady in the Ave Maria. The result? These brave Catholics were forcibly removed from the Cathedral by the Police, certainly called by Cathedral staff.  Removed. By the Police. For praying to Our Lady. In a Catholic church....
  • Martin Luther: The Unfinished Reformation

    10/29/2017 9:30:04 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 23 replies
    Beyond Today Magazine ^ | October 2017 | Gary Petty
    According to popular tradition, it was on Oct. 31, 1517, that a relatively unknown Catholic monk named Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses on the front door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther intended his work, written in Latin, to be read by priests and monks. The Ninety-five Theses concerned changes he felt were needed in the Catholic Church. Within a short time Luther’s Theses were translated into German, and a number of clergy and lay people began to agree with him. Little did he know that this simple act would spark a revolution that would break the...
  • Luther would be horrified by the world he forged

    10/12/2017 7:43:41 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 275 replies
    Catholic Herald (U.K.) ^ | Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 | Archbishop Charles Chaput
    The brilliant German monk never intended to start his own Church A few years ago, a Lutheran friend sent me a link to her favourite website: Lutheran Satire. The brainchild of a US Lutheran pastor, it focuses on Church humour from a Lutheran angle. The goal is catechesis through comedy, and no issue or religious leader is too sacred to poke. One of the site’s most popular videos is a cartoon called “The Reformation Piggybackers”. The plot is simple: Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church...
  • Martin Luther: What You Might Not Know About the Man Who Sparked the Reformation

    10/06/2017 9:51:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/06/2017 | Brandon Showalter
    Few people have punctuated history like Martin Luther, the man who spawned the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago, says author Eric Metaxas, whose latest book chronicles his life and legacy. "I never wanted to write another biography," Metaxas said in an interview with The Christian Post in early September, noting that his previous biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, was a huge undertaking. But two friends — to whom he dedicates his new work, Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed World —convinced him that he was the man for the job given that this...