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.
The 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.