Saturday, September 9, 2017

Potsdam and Wittenburg Germany

by Steve Ray on September 9, 2017

IMG_5800Leaving Berlin we drove to Potsdam to tour the palace and gardens of King Frederick the Great though we concluded that in the culture wars he was more our adversary than a friend.

Wittenburg was an amazing though sad visit since this is where Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the Wittenburg Door which started the Protestant Devolution.

Join us as we tour the city, see his Tomb, leave him 500 Reasons to Be Catholic and celebrate Mass in the only Catholic Church there. You can watch another excellent homily here.

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Today we went to Castle Church in Wittenberg Germany. I had promised people I would deliver their “95 Reasons for being Catholic.” We ended up with many hundreds of reasons that were sent to me.

I kept my promise today and delivered them to Martin Luther in person. I could not mail them to the door because the old wooden door has burned. The new doors are made of bronze and there’s a barrier to keep me from getting within 10 feet of the current doors.

The original doors were like the town bulletin board. Everyone posted things on that door. So in a way it was nothing unusual. Here is a short two minute video.

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Vatican to Release Stamp Honoring Martin Luther

by Steve Ray on September 9, 2017

(Reposting this from earlier this year — now that we are in Germany following this schismatic and arguing with him along the way)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.

Thirty-three of us now have a front row seat to really learn about Martin Luther, in Germany  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.

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