Posts Tagged ‘Martin Luther’

Priests imitate Luther – stick complaints on cathedral doors

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Priests from the Church of England copied Martin Luther’s means of protest against the Church during the past week. They stuck a copy of their complaints to the doors of five cathedrals. The priests’ actions mimic the fable that Luther nailed his 95 theses against the Catholic Church to the door of a chapel in Read more

500 years ago, Catholics embracing Luther

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

ROME – This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and since we’ve framed that world-changing event for a half-millennium now as “Catholics v. Protestants,” it’s easy to forget a simple truth about what happened on Oct. 31, 1517, and everything that followed: Martin Luther’s original audience was made up entirely, 100 percent, by Read more

Martin Luther and the advent of the self

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

The anniversary observed by many Protestants as Reformation Day (October 31st) has a special significance this year, since it will be 500 years since Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation in Germany by sending his famous 95 theses to the Archbishop of Mainz. Luther may also have posted his manifesto, following academic tradition, on the Read more

A psychological examination of Luther’s revolt

Friday, November 4th, 2016

This coming year will mark the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses onto the door of the collegiate church of Wittenberg, traditionally regarded as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. It has been a cause of some concern and consternation for many Catholics to have learned that there will be Catholic Read more

Martin Luther, antisemitism and apology

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Martin Luther’s antisemitism should be denounced, says Rabbi Abraham Cooper. In his view, next year’s 500th anniversary of Luther’s break from the Catholic church would be a perfect time to right past wrongs. Cooper, who is the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles says this would involve the  Evangelical Church in Read more

Martin Luther was a “teacher of the faith”

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Martin Luther was a “teacher of the faith.” In a new report Germany’s bishops say the 500th anniversary of the Reformation must involve repentance on both sides. Germany’s Catholic bishops have praised Martin Luther as a “Gospel witness and teacher of the faith” and called for closer ties with Protestants. In a 206-page report, “The Read more

Rome piazza to be named after Martin Luther

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Rome is to have a piazza named after German theologian and reformer Martin Luther, which will be close to the Colosseum. City authorities finally approved a 2009 proposal by the Union of Seventh Day Adventist Churches to mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. The Vatican reportedly did not oppose the project, Read more

Facebook is Catholic and Twitter is Protestant, priest says

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Facebook is Catholic and Twitter is Protestant, according to a UK Catholic priest and moral theologian. Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith wrote that for “a digital illustration of respective theological worldviews, look at the two giants of social media”. The priest wrote that Facebook is “cheerful, friendly, conciliatory” and “tells the faithful how they must proceed step Read more

Plastic Martin Luther toy sells out in three days

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

A plastic figurine of Martin Luther has sold tens of thousands of copies within days of being put on the market. Playmobil’s Luther toy sold out, with 34,000 copies being snapped up in 72 hours. Most were sold in Germany, and 5 per cent went to international buyers. The German toymaker released the “little Luther” Read more

Catholics join Lutherans to mark Reformation anniversary

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Putting aside centuries of hostility and prejudice, Lutherans and Catholics have agreed to celebrate together the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017. In a joint document — entitled From Conflict to Communion — the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation said there is little purpose in dredging up centuries-old disagreements. The lengthy text Read more