mysteriumkeeper asked: How is the Roman Catholic Church going to be co-commemorating the 2017 500th anniversary of the Reformation with the Lutherans?
I’m going to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Revolt (mistakenly called a Reformation) with Masses, in black requiem vestments, begging God’s forgiveness for the countless souls lost in the Revolt and for the scandal of perpetual Christian division which it introduced.
Now, if the Pope wants to send a representative to go play nice and be politely friendly to Lutherans, he can do whatever he wants. I would be unamused but, oh well.
But Martin Luther was a heresiarch, and an apostate priest who deflowered a nun and went on to encourage the slaughter of rebelling German peasants. That I don’t understand. Luther himself was a rebel against papal authority, but when the peasants in Germany followed his example of revolt, he told the German princes to turn their muskets on them and slay them.
Luther was also a brilliant theologian, a wannabe saint and scripture scholar who was enraged at the corruption and idiocy of large swaths of the Catholic clergy, so we can understand how he become a powder keg that just finally blew up.
But I find nothing to commemorate, or rejoice at, as we approach the 500th October 31st of Luther’s Revolt. How appropriate that the day falls on Halloween, because the result for Christianity, from the so-called Reformation, is something of a costume party.
Now, every Christian doesn’t ask first how to stay loyal to the Church, for life. Now, every Christian asks which masks of Christianity he or she feels like wearing according to their personal tastes and diversions. God bless and take care! Fr. Angel
Please pray for my grandma’s sister, and the rest of her family. She may not have long to live.