Vatican to Release Stamp Honoring Martin Luther

by Steve Ray on January 19, 2017

January 18, 2017 (Catholic World News)

The Vatican will issue a stamp to honor Martin Luther this year, marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

imgresThe Vatican regularly issues stamps to mark special occasions and to honor individuals. In the past, stamps have been issued to honor non-Catholics, but never to honor a non-Catholic for religious leadership.

“Luther was condemned as a heretic by Pope Leo X, and called “a drunken German who will change his mind when sober”. He carefully researched Luther’s statements, and declared that he must recant 41 of these statements or face excommunication. This was done with a Papal Bull, or an edict, called ‘Exsurge Domine’. In the ‘Decet Romanum Pontificem‘ on January 3, 1521, Luther was officially excommunicated” (Wikipedia).

Frankly I am disgusted. Why not just canonize the schismatic heretic. Good grief? The Pope recently said that Luther was only trying to reform the Church. He also wrote, “The church was not a role model, there was corruption, there was worldliness, there was greed, and lust for power. He protested against this. And he was an intelligent man.

For those who want a front row seat to really learn about Martin Luther, join us in Germany in September to study the Reformation (Rebellion) on location as we argue with Luther in all the significant places in his life as the historical event unfolded.

For more info on the Vatican’s Martin Luther stamp, click here.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael Poulin January 19, 2017 at 6:23 PM

Just a reminder what type of evil Martin Luther was:

“Christ committed adultery first of all with the women at the well about whom St. John tell’s us. Was not everybody about Him saying: ‘Whatever has He been doing with her?’ Secondly, with Mary Magdalen, and thirdly with the women taken in adultery whom He dismissed so lightly. Thus even, Christ who was so righteous, must have been guilty of fornication before He died.” (ref. Trishreden, Weimer Edition, Vol. 2, Pg. 107. – What a great blasphemy from a man who is regarded as “great reformer”!).

Chris Lapain January 19, 2017 at 7:29 PM

I am totally beside myself as to where Pope Francis is taking us.
I know we are to love our brothers and sisters of other faiths but this has taken it too far.
To honor somebody with a stamp and the other hoopla that we see coming out of Rome as we
prepare to “celebrate” the reformation is just mind blowing.
Maybe instead of kissing the backsides of the protestants we should be trying to convert them with the truth
as that is what will set them free. I find it insulting and disgraceful to the many martyrs and people who have suffered through the centuries because of what Luther started.
I think it is time to get out the sackcloth’s and ashes and start some good old offering up and beg God to get us back on coarse before we go over the edge.
Saint John Paul The Great pray for us.

Tom Govern January 19, 2017 at 10:43 PM

Don’t think that I would have done this if I were in the decision making position. It does reach out but many will not support it. We need to get together but this may not be the right way.

Gabriel Dentler January 20, 2017 at 12:18 PM

Why? Why Steve? Just Why? Honoring this man? Since when? When did ecumenism turn into relativism?

Grenville January 21, 2017 at 6:39 AM

St. Athanasius wrote. “Even if Catholics faithful to the tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ”
with all the problems in our church today, the traditional group and the wishy washy group and after reading what Athanasius has to say, reminds me of the war of Gideon against the midianites.
May be God will shrink our Church first before we fight the battle with satan,( all the evil in the world) so all the Glory will go to God.
All we have to do is stick to the true traditions of our faith handed down to us and not fall for the rubbish going around us today and Pray to God for Mercy like you neve done before, like the Ninevites.
May God Bless us and spare us, your people.

Trumark January 27, 2017 at 2:56 PM

I am deeply disgusted by this commemoration of the heresiarch of all heresiarch. Won’t Jews be offended since Martin Luther wrote the most powerful anti-Semitic diatribe in history calling for their persection and death?

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