The Pope says Martin Luther is kool and the gang now.
Pope Benedict XVI is to rehabilitate Martin Luther, arguing that he did not intend to split Christianity but only to purge the Church of corrupt practices.
Pope Benedict will issue his findings on Luther (1483-1546) in September after discussing him at his annual seminar of 40 fellow theologians . . . According to Vatican insiders the Pope will argue that Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy, was not a heretic . . .
Luther was excommunicated by Pope Leo X, who dismissed him initially as “a drunken German who will change his mind when sober”.
Yeah, drunk with awesomeness.
I'm glad he never "sobered." Glad in an "attached to the Five Solas" kind of way.
Well, okay, so they're gonna say Luther isn't a heretic anymore. I guess that's nice.
It kinda takes the edge off his renegade status, though, doesn't it? I rather liked Luther as a heretic; it gives some oomph to believing in justification by faith alone.
Happy Reformation Day