Today the Pope was scheduled to be in Sweden to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's mortal sins of heresy and schism. One would think that the Chief Shepherd of the Church would in fact call to repentance these wayward individuals. Alas, that is not so. He cooperated with their sin by praising it and celebrating it.
Many, including Catholics, have a false image of Martin Luther as being a courageous visionary who dared to swim against the tide in loyalty to Jesus Christ. History - real history - tells a different tale. I won't have time to delve into every detail, but will point out some highlights from the sources to which I'll link below.
- In The Catholic Thing we read "Lamenting Luther's Reformation". We get a glimpse of a rather aimless but self-centered young man who found himself in religious life. He preached the error of sola scriptura while mutilating the Bible, ripping out seven books in the process. He had quite a foul mouth and was quite anti-Semitic.
- St. Dominic's Media published "The 38 Most Ridiculous Things Martin Luther Ever Wrote". Each quote is followed by its source. He openly approved of adultery (probably deemed most convenient by Henry VIII). He said that Jews deserve to be hanged. He accused Jesus Christ of committing adultery - a most serious blasphemy.
- National Catholic Register published "Who Was The Real Martin Luther?" This work details how Luther's machinations were responsible for 130,000 deaths immediately following his rebellion. Of course millions more died over the centuries between then and now.
Not all Catholics are swallowing this ecumenicide poison. Cardinal Muller, in response to the ludicrous blasphemy by the secretary of the Italian Episcopal Conference that "the reformation..was an event of the Holy Spirit", contradicted him directly. The Eponymous Flower gave a report of Catholics protesting outside an ecumenicide debacle put on by the Grand Rapids (MI) Diocese. That sacrilege was no doubt inspired by the scandal promulgated by the Vatican.
In Brussels, Belgium a similar sacrilege occurred in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St Gudula. Several young Catholics linked arms and prayed the Rosary (in French, of course), to offer reparation for the sins being committed therein. I submit to you that sooner or later (maybe sooner than we think) we may be called upon to emulate their actions. Their actions are very similar to the actions of some Argentine Catholics who linked arms and prayed the Rosary as their Cathedral was threatened with vandalism (pay special attention to the second video). In both cases courageous Catholics stood firm against sacrilege. Let's study and learn from them, and pray the Rosary daily and call out error for what it is.