But the treasures of indulgence are nets, with which now-a-days one fishes for the Mammon of men. Those indulgences, which the preachers proclaim to be great mercies, are indeed great mercies, forasmuch as they promote gain. And yet they are of the smallest compared to the grace of God and to the devotion of the Cross.
Bishops and curates ought to mark with eyes and ears, that the commissaries of apostolical that is, Popish pardons are received with all reverence. But they ought still more to mark with eyes and ears, that these commissaries do not preach their own fancies instead of what the Pope has commanded. But blessed be he who is on his guard against the preacher's of pardons naughty and impudent words. As the Pope justly disgraces and excommunicates those who use any kind of contrivance to do damage to the traffic in indulgences.
Much more it is his intention to disgrace and excommunicate those who, under the pretext of indulgences, use contrivance to do damage to holy love and truth. To think that the Popish pardons have power to absolve a man even if - to utter an impossibility - he had violated the Mother of God, is madness. We assert on the contrary that the Popish pardon cannot take away the least of daily sins, as regards the guilt of it.
To say that St. Peter, if he were now Pope, could show no greater mercies, is blasphemy against St. Peter and the Pope. We assert on the contrary that both this and every other Pope has greater mercies to show: namely, the Gospel, spiritual powers, gifts of healing, etc. He who says that the cross with the Pope's arms, solemnly set on high, has as much power as the Cross of Christ, blasphemes God.
Those bishops, curates, and theologists, who allow such speeches to be uttered among the people, will have one day to answer for it. Such impudent sermons concerning indulgences make it difficult even for learned men to protect the Pope's honor and dignity against the calumnies, or at all events against the searching questions, of the laymen. As for instance: - Why does not the Pope deliver all souls at the same time out of Purgatory for the sake of most holy love and on account of the bitterest distress of those souls - this being the most imperative of all motives, - while he saves an infinite number of souls for the sake of that most miserable thing money, to be spent on St.
Peter's Minster: - this being the very slightest of motives? Or again: - Why do masses for the dead continue, and why does not the Pope return or permit to be withdrawn the funds which were established for the sake of the dead, since it is now wrong to pray for those who are already saved? Again: - What is this new holiness of God and the Pope that, for money's sake, they permit the wicked and the enemy of God to save a pious soul, faithful to God, and yet will not save that pious and beloved soul without payment, out of love, and on account of its great distress?
Again: - Why is it that the canons of penance, long abrogated and dead in themselves, because they are not used, are yet still paid for with money through the granting of pardons, as if they were still in force and alive? Again: - Why does not the Pope build St. Peter's Minster with his own money - since his riches are now more ample than those of Crassus, - rather than with the money of poor Christians? Again: -Why does the Pope remit or give to those who, through perfect penitence, have already a right to plenary remission and pardon?
Again: - What greater good could the Church receive, than if the Pope presented this remission and pardon a hundred times a day to every believer, instead of but once, as he does now? If the Pope seeks by his pardon the salvation of souls, rather than money, why does he annul letters of indulgence granted long ago, and declare them out of force, though they are still in force?
To repress these very telling questions of the laymen by force, and not to solve them by telling the truth, is to expose the Church and the Pope to the enemy's ridicule and to make Christian people unhappy. Therefore, if pardons were preached according to the Pope's intention and opinion, all these objections would be easily answered, nay, they never had occurred.
Away then with all those prophets who say to the community of Christ, "Peace, peace", and there is no peace. But blessed be all those prophets who say to the community of Christ, "The cross, the cross," and there is no cross. Christians should be exhorted to endeavor to follow Christ their Head through Cross, Death, and Hell,. And thus hope with confidence to enter Heaven through many miseries, rather than in false security.
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Read a summary of the 95 theses ; a listing of the three main points , in the words of Martin Luther. Uncommon Travel Germany. Jump to sections in the text It seems as must in Purgatory love in the souls increase, as fear diminishes in them. Christians should be taught, the buying of indulgences is optional and not commanded.
Luther later wrote that at the time he wrote the Theses he remained a " papist ", and he did not seem to think the Theses represented a break with established Roman Catholic doctrine. Further, the Theses contradicted the decree of Pope Clement VI , that indulgences are the treasury of the church. This disregard for papal authority presaged later conflicts. During the Reformation Jubilee, the centenary of 31 October was celebrated by a procession to the Wittenberg Church where Luther was believed to have posted the Theses.
An engraving was made showing Luther writing the Theses on the door of the church with a gigantic quill. The quill penetrates the head of a lion symbolizing Pope Leo X. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Disputation by Martin Luther on indulgences. Ninety-five Theses. Letter to the Archbishop of Mainz. The first printings of the Theses use an incipit rather than a title which summarizes the content. The Nuremberg placard edition opens Amore et studio elucidande veritatis: hec subscripta disputabuntur Wittenberge. Presidente R.
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P Martino Lutther Quare petit: vt qui non possunt verbis presentes nobiscum disceptare: agant id literis absentes. Luther usually called them " meine Propositiones " my propositions. This is evidence for a Rhau-Grunenberg printing of the Ninety-five Theses , as the Nuremberg printing may be a copy of the Wittenberg printing. Luther intends to free the Sermon from Tetzel's insults. Brecht, Martin . Translated by James L. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress. Cummings, Brian Oxford: Oxford University Press. Dixon, C. Scott The Reformation in Germany. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell.
Hendrix, Scott H. Martin Luther: Visionary Reformer. Hequet, Suzanne In Wengert, Timothy J. Junghans, Helmar In McKim, Donald K. Cambridge Companion to Martin Luther. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Leppin, Volker; Wengert, Timothy J. Lutheran Quarterly. Lohse, Bernhard . Contributors ] in German. Translated by Roy A.
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New York: Oxford University Press. Oberman, Heiko A. Translated by Eileen Walliser-Schwarzbart. Pettegree, Andrew Brand Luther.
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