Thursday, March 06, 2008

Benedict XVI and Martin Luther

On the Reformation21 blog, Ligon Duncan asked the question: "Is the Pope set to rehabilitate Martin Luther?" and then linked to this news story: "That Martin Luther? He wasn't so bad, says Pope." It would seem that Pope Benedict XVI is finally going to say what many Protestant scholars (and, even a few RC ones) have been saying all along: Luther never intended to start his own church, but merely to reform the existing establishment.

It leaves me to wonder what a conversation between Martin Luther and Benedict XVI would be like?

6 comments:

Laura said...

Conversation? More like an a -- er, a heinie-kicking!

Jacob said...

Or since they're both good Germans, an "Arschgestrampel."

I think Luther would obviously have the upper hand. And probably girth on his side. But then, all Luther might have to do is back up his famous boast about breaking wind...

Anonymous said...

Do you still think Philip of Hesse should have been allowed to have several wives? How do you reconcile Justification by Faith alone with Catholicism? Do you think if people make religious vows they should keep them?

Anonymous said...

The Pope could tell him that as far as hating the Jews was concerned there were people claiming to be Catholics who shared Luther' s views. Indeed Bishop Williamson of the SSPX would in this respect be a keen disciple.

Jacob said...

How about we first work on reconciling all of those illegitimate children of numerous Popes with the teachings of Catholicism?

Laura said...

Haha, Catholic Trolls.