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MARTIN LUTHER with Pope Francis

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"Francis was the first pope to visit Sweden in 27 years, and only the second pope to visit the Scandinavian country. In Lund, he met with King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. “We, too, must look with love and honesty at our past, recognizing error and seeking forgiveness,” Francis said. " New York Times 31st October,2016 "“I do insist on the certainty that sooner or later—once we hold power—Christianity will be overcome and the German church, without a Pope and without the Bible, and Luther, if he could be with us, would give us his blessing.”
ADOLF HITLER
(“Hitler's Speeches”, edited by Professor N. H. Baynes (Oxford, 1942), page 369)



What was it about Martin Luther that so inspired the loving admiration of the Nazis? Three things :
His radical German Nationalism
His hatred of the Catholic Church, and most of all
His vicious anti-Semitism.

The extent of Luther's anti-Semitism its depth and hate-filed horror is astounding. Consider the f…

MARTIN LUTHER HIS VIEWS with Pope Francis

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EVEN MORE MARTIN LUTHER and Pope Francis

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"Serious research into the figure of Luther and his
critique of the Church of his time and the papacy  certainly contributes to overcoming the atmosphere  of mutual distrust....."  Pope Francis 31st March, 2017 Vatican Radio 

Let us see how serious research contributes to overcoming the atmosphere of "mutual distrust" :What was Martin Luther's attitude in principle, to those who opposed him: "Defensive wars are not merely as just self-defence, but they are also revenge." "A war declared out of revenge, is a just and orderly work"("Table Talk" ,3478)"
Yet we, of course, are committed to following Jesus Christ, how can we look to Martin Luther, in the light of our commitment to Christ, in "mutual trust"?
It was Luther who said : " I have greater confidence in my wife and my pupils than I have in Christ," he said on one occasion quite shamelessly("Table Talk " 2397b) When I beheld Christ I seemed t…

MORE MARTIN LUTHER with Pope Francis

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"Nowadays, Lutherans and Catholics, and all Protestants, are in agreement on the doctrine of justification: on this very important point he was not mistaken."

Pope Francis    
(Inflight Press Conference -  From Armenia to Rome - Sunday, 26 June 2016)


We are able to read Luther's view of his own spiritual condition :
“I am but a man prone to let himself be swept off his feet by society, drunkenness, the torments of the flesh”(W9, 215, 13), I have quoted already. There are many similar passages. “Instead of glowing in spirit, I glow in the flesh.” “I burn with all the desires of my unconquered flesh”(Enders 3, 189). “I rarely pray. . . . My unruly flesh doth burn me with devouring flame. In short, I who should be a prey to the spirit alone am eating my heart out through the flesh, through lust, laziness, idleness, and somnolence.”
Perhaps it tells us a little about his thought processes. Justification by Faith alone might become very pre-occupying. And Saint James' " S…

MARTIN LUTHER with Pope Francis

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"“At the same time we keep alive in our hearts sincere contrition for our faults,” the Pope said. “In this spirit, we recalled in Lund that the intention of Martin Luther 500 years ago was to renew the Church, not divide Her."    

Pope Francis
 (quoted in the Catholic Herald 19th January, 2017)





This is a very ecumenical statement is it not? No doubt very palatable to those who like niceness. It would have surprised Martin Luther himself.

Fortunately the published words of Martin Luther are still available to us in considerable volume, though like Saint Thomas More we will apologise for quoting them in detail. Luther was not shy in his use of language and abuse of persons and institutions.

What did he think of the Catholic Church which Pope Francis tells us he did not wish to divide?

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Against the Roman Papacy, An Institution of the DevilMartin LutherThe Most Hellish Father, St. Paul III, in his supposed capacity as the bishop of the Roman church, has written two briefs to Char…

KEY MAN

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From time to time some of our "separated brethren" to use that now fading term so popular thirty years ago, will try to question the Primacy of Saint Peter, As often as not, these good folk will describe themselves as "Bible Christians". Funnily enough, these "Bible Christians" never think to ask where the Bible came from, or who said what constitutes the Bible? The answer to both questions is , of course, the Catholic Church. This can easily be demonstrated from the well-recorded History of Sacred Scripture.

But more fundamentally, we have to ask ourselves - and them - how well do they read their Bibles?

There are three landmark passages in Sacred Scripture which establish the claim of Petrine Supremacy : 

Matthew XVI 17-19

Luke  XXII   31-32, and

John XXI     15-17                                                                                                                                                                                                     …

WHY I LOVE BEING A PRIEST by the Late Father Gregory JORDAN S.J

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Father Greg Jordan S.J. - widely known as "the good Jesuit" went to his Eternal Reward on 19th July, 2015.



This article first appeared in the November 2006 Issue of "THE PRIEST" published by the Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and is reproduced here by permission of the Editor Father John Corrigan.



WHY I LOVE BEING A PRIEST


" Retrieving Milestones Along the Road

Queensland saw an act of vandalism this year that grieved many conscious of the significance of traditions in Australian history: parties unknown pored weedkiller on that legendary national icon, the so-called Tree of Knowledge at Longreach, under which the Australian Labor  Party is said to have been born. It was the State of Queensland that elected the world's first Labor Government, and the news shocked and saddened those who value our origins and their symbols.The question was: would the tree survive? The experts speculated, some saying that it would surely die, others expressing the ho…