26 January 2016

The Pope on Luther and Lutherans



"Rise, Peter, and fulfill this pastoral office divinely entrusted to you as mentioned above.

Give heed to the cause of the holy Roman Church, mother of all churches and teacher of the faith, whom you by the order of God, have consecrated by your blood. Against the Roman Church, you warned, lying teachers are rising, introducing ruinous sects, and drawing upon themselves speedy doom. Their tongues are fire, a restless evil, full of deadly poison. They have bitter zeal, contention in their hearts, and boast and lie against the truth.

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Moreover, because the preceding errors and many others are contained in the books or writings of Martin Luther, we likewise condemn, reprobate, and reject completely the books and all the writings and sermons of the said Martin, whether in Latin or any other language, containing the said errors or any one of them; and we wish them to be regarded as utterly condemned, reprobated, and rejected. We forbid each and every one of the faithful of either sex, in virtue of holy obedience and under the above penalties to be incurred automatically, to read, assert, preach, praise, print, publish, or defend them. They will incur these penalties if they presume to uphold them in any way, personally or through another or others, directly or indirectly, tacitly or explicitly, publicly or occultly, either in their own homes or in other public or private places.

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Therefore we can, without any further citation or delay, proceed against him to his condemnation and damnation as one whose faith is notoriously suspect and in fact a true heretic with the full severity of each and all of the above penalties and censures.

Yet, with the advice of our brothers, imitating the mercy of almighty God who does not wish the death of a sinner but rather that he be converted and live, and forgetting all the injuries inflicted on us and the Apostolic See, we have decided to use all the compassion we are capable of. It is our hope, so far as in us lies, that he will experience a change of heart by taking the road of mildness we have proposed, return, and turn away from his errors. We will receive him kindly as the prodigal son returning to the embrace of the Church.

Therefore let Martin himself and all those adhering to him, and those who shelter and support him, through the merciful heart of our God and the sprinkling of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ by which and through whom the redemption of the human race and the upbuilding of holy mother Church was accomplished, know that from our heart we exhort and beseech that he cease to disturb the peace, unity, and truth of the Church for which the Savior prayed so earnestly to the Father. Let him abstain from his pernicious errors that he may come back to us. If they really will obey, and certify to us by legal documents that they have obeyed, they will find in us the affection of a father's love, the opening of the font of the effects of paternal charity, and opening of the font of mercy and clemency."

--Pope Leo X, Exsurge Domine

11 comments:

St. Corbinian's Bear said...

"We forbid each and every one of the faithful of either sex, in virtue of holy obedience and under the above penalties to be incurred automatically, to read, assert, preach, praise, print, publish, or defend them. They will incur these penalties if they presume to uphold them in any way, personally or through another or others, directly or indirectly, tacitly or explicitly, publicly or occultly, either in their own homes or in other public or private places."

So let me get this straight. When Pope Francis goes trick or treating in Sweden with Antje Jacelen in the celebration of Martin Luther's heresies, is he automatically condemned? Or are Popes given a pass out of professional courtesy? Which infallible Pope do we pick? Does Francis get extra points because he's alive?

Anonymous said...

"Which infallible Pope do we pick?"
I guess we could throw their names in a hat and pick one out? Seriously though, it's gotten to that point. Perhaps any day or month now we will see an article by a famous apologist entitled "Five Things You Should Know About Exsurge Domine."

Will the real Catholic Church please stand up?

Laura

Sam said...

Oh grow up. You act like you're back in 3rd grade religion class. The reformation happened; it happened in large part because the Church had been corrupted by popes and clergy who were, among other things, selling indulgences. Sometimes I get the feeling that your faith is built on matchsticks-- and you're afraid that if you concede one little point, you're matchsticks faith will crumble.

Anonymous said...

The Holy Father needs our prayers that the way he conducts his office will not cost him his eternity.

Mr. John Heuertz, OP
Kansas City

Anonymous said...

@ the Bear

I would think that that is the moment the Swiss Guards usher the traitor heretic and killer of souls into the Vatican prison.

Jane Chantal said...

Sam,

The thing is that some of us believe that the Deformation did incalculable harm to millions of souls, and we -- like all the post-Deformation popes prior to Francis -- actually think that that matters.

Anonymous said...

Interesting commentary, I recall someone else who received similar ridicule.


Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

Jesus heard this and said to them [that], “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
Mark 2:16-17

thetimman said...

A. Nonymous,
So Pope Leowas wrong, then? And I'm sure you read the whole Gospel, right, where Our Lord called sinners to -conversion- . As in "go and sin no more"? If pope Francis calls for Lutherans to convert to the true faith in October, write me back in this space and ill issue a retraction.

Waiting............

chantgirl said...

When my family left the Lutherans to become Catholic, my parents received letters threatening damnation from members of the Lutheran parish. Obviously there is a little more going on here than indulgences that were sold centuries ago. The corruption of the clergy does not change the truths of the faith.

Anonymous said...

The only pronouncement of truth ever made on this issue is:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

The surface of this planet and the bottom of the seas are covered with the remains of those who tried to take this from us. More can easily be added to them.

thetimman said...

Nice to get that veiled threat from the Masons, "anonymous".