Martin Luther on the Pope and Curia

Note: Throughout the month of October, leading up to the 500th anniversary of the legendary date of the outbreak of the Reformation on October 31, 1517, Pray Tell is publishing writings of Martin Luther reflecting his beliefs on worship and reform of the church at various points in his life. In today’s excerpt, Luther is nearly as critical of the curia as was Pope Francis at Christmas 2014!

“Oh, why do we plague ourselves with the accursed pope! How can he bind sins? The crude crass ass and fool does not understand what sin is, and is not able to, and does not wish to know. I know that our children or catechumens, that is, those who know their catechism, are more learned than pope, cardinals, and the whole curia with its followers. You need not worry that the papal ass, with his Roman school of scoundrels, understands one singe commandment out of the ten, one petition of the Lord’s Prayer, one article of faith, or how baptism and the sacrament are to be understood and use, how a Christian should live, what good works are—God grant that he could recite (I won’t speak of understanding) the Ten Commandments, one after the other, as our children of four or five years can.”

(From Against the Roman Papacy, an Institution of the Devil. Featured image: Pope Gregory IX, d. 1241)

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