|Egbert II van Heemskerck - Calvin and Luther in Hell|
This malefactor, this heretical priest tore Europe apart and it has never recovered. He tore the Holy Mass and Holy Sacraments apart and Holy Scripture. He tore seven books out the Old Testament and called the Epistle of St. James the Apostle, "straw." Had he been able, he would have removed it.
Yet, what does our Bishop of Rome, Jorge Bergoglio say?
"Luther took a great step by putting the Word of God into the hands of the people."
Is he just ignorant of the truth, facts and logic, or is he trying to deceive?
Cost and access to Holy Scripture
The Holy Bible was already available in German and the first bible in English was produced in 1380 by John Wycliffe, an Oxford Professor. It was hand-written. Why? Because there was no printing press invented until 1450!
Then as now, the cost of producing a book, in this case the Holy Bible, was comprised of two things, the material with which to construct it and the time and labour associated with that production. Now think about this for a moment. In Ontario, from where I write this, a generally low skilled clerical wage is about $20.00 per hour. It would take ten months, -- ten months to hand write the Holy Bible. That would equal a total of $36,000 in labour costs, plus benefits and I am not even considering any artistic illumination. While a monk would not have been paid, we can begin to appreciate the cost of production of a bible. Consider the time. It would then need to be bound. Is it fair to conclude that a Holy Bible anytime prior to the inventing of the printing press would have been in today's equivalent of $50,000 or more? Is it any wonder that churches and universities and libraries chained the bible and other books? How many Protestants accused Catholics of doing that to keep Catholic from reading it?
According to Bergoglio, Luther put the bible in the hands of the people to read. Who could damn well read? The literacy rate in 1500 ranged from as low as 5% in rural Germany to a high approaching 40% in England thanks to the Monastery system. These rates plummeted after Henry VIII's dissolution, a man who was ironically granted the title, "Defender of the Faith" by the Pope for his treatise on the Seven Sacraments and his condemnation of Martin Luther as a heretic whom, Henry wanted executed for heresy!
So, if bibles were available, they were unaffordable and most people could not read. The printing press, of course, began to change this. The very Council of Trent also used the printing press to codify and unify the Mass in 1570, the Mass we still have today according to the 1962 Missal. Before that, Missals were handwritten. You can imagine again how few there were and how they may have varied from place to place.
But Francis buys in, he buys in to the Protestant lie.Good grief, if we wanted pulp like this we could read a cartoon tract from the late Jack Chick, instead, we get it regurgitated from the Bishop of Rome himself. Are we that stupid, that ignorant of history to think that there was public education throughout history and the Internet? Do these churchmen think that we are that ignorant and stupid as Hillary Clinton thinks Americans are?
From Reuters: Pope, in Sweden, says Reformation had positive aspects
From Crux: Pope in Sweden heaps praise on Martin Luther
True oecumenism will come from clarity
In reference to those who follow the heretical Lutheran sect, this "prayer" below, by the Bishop of Rome fails them. He fails us as Catholics.
Church has refuted Luther
|Luther's death mask|
Martin Luther's errors have long been refuted by the Catholic Church. Try as he might, Bergoglio cannot ever refute them or overturn them.
The followers of the heretic Luther do not believe in Transubstantiation. They do not believe in the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ truly present. Their doctrine is a false doctrine. Christ is "spiritually" present above, around, as long as we want him to be. When their "service" is over, the wine is poured down the drain and the bread back in the box for next time. They have openly "gay" so-called "bishops." They have women dressed up as "bishops." Their "bishops" do not even pretend to believe in apostolic succession.
How can you have a "common eucharist" with people who do not accept what It is!
Now, I would rather be accused of wearing a tin-foiled hat than being naive. Do we know see the link between the gutting of the Congregation for Divine Worship? Will the Novus Ordo Missae, which was very subtle in its Lutherenesque influence now be reformed for a something more formal? Are these men hand-picked by Francis, which of course is his juridical right, about to foist upon the Catholic world, another new liturgy that will be without doubt, the "abomination of desolation?"
What a tragedy, that the Bishop of Rome should visit baptised Christians and not tell them the truth, but leave them wanting.