Vatican to issue stamp featuring Martin Luther

BREAKING: Vatican to issue stamp featuring Martin Luther

Jan Bentz

January 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — If you happen to receive a piece of mail from the Vatican this year, don’t be surprised to see the face of Martin Luther.

The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed Tuesday to LifeSiteNews that Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017. The office is in charge of the annual commission of stamps, coins, and other commemorative medals.

The Vatican regularly issues such memorabilia for special events, including papal trips and holy years. Honoring Luther and the Protestant Reformation is an unlikely choice, trumping other significant events in the Catholic Church such as the 100-year anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the 300-year anniversary of our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil.

Major events such as Christmas, Easter, the Holy Year of Mercy, and the World Meeting of Families have also merited a commemorative stamp. In the time before a Papal election, when the seat of Peter is vacant, the Philatelic and Numismatic office issues a “Sede Vacante” stamp.

Usually if individuals are commemorated on stamps they are saints, such as Teresa of Calcutta, John Paul II, and Pope John XXIII, who most recently were honored with stamps.

While the Vatican has in the past collaborated with other national post offices to create stamps that are not of explicitly religious content, such as Charlie Chaplain or the fall of the Berlin wall, the Luther stamp has an undeniable religious connotation linked with much hostility to the Catholic Church.

In 1517, Martin Luther published his 95 theses against the Catholic Church and began what thereafter has been known as the Reformation, leading to a schism in the Church. This was followed by the formation of Protestant denominations that later spilled into other countries, fueled by others such as John Calvin and Jan Hus. The confessional war that followed, the “Thirty Years’ War,” with its 10 million deaths was known to be the bloodiest war in Europe until World War I.

Luther, an Augustinian monk, was excommunicated in 1521 by Pope Leo X with the papal bull, Decet Romanum Pontificem. At age 41, he married Katharina von Bora, a run-away Cistercian nun of 26 years.

Pope Francis was criticized in the fall for his trip to Lund, Sweden for a commemoration of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary. He held an ecumenical event with Lutherans in the Vatican on October 13 with a statue of Martin Luther displayed. He has also suggested an openness to some Lutherans receiving the Eucharist. A Vatican office under his direction recently referred to Luther as a “witness to the Gospel.”


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6 comments on “Vatican to issue stamp featuring Martin Luther

  1. Put Francis on the stamp with Luther ! Name it HERETICS IN ARMS or TWO PEAS IN A POD , The Vatican and the Church has lost its way ! The Stupid people that were made Bishops in the Dr. Byrne article are now the Cardinals and the Popes . Still a lot of dumb Bishops still left to ascend to “Great Heights ” in the Church or maybe descend to one of Dante’s levels in the Inferno section of his Divine Comedy ! Mess !!!

    • 747pilot says:

      Put Francis on the stamp with Luther !

      How about the Pope Francis as Martin Luther image? – which the German section of Vatican Radio posted on its facebook!


      Pope Francis as the New Luther — The Humor of the German Section of Radio Vatican

      Posted by Tancred on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

      (Rome) This photoshop has been in circulation for some time, but we have refrained from publishing it because it could have been dismissed as cheap and disrespectful propaganda. Meanwhile, however, it has been released, entirely above suspicion, namely, on Vatican Radio where it is apparently considered funny and good.

      Vatican Radio is one of the official media organs of the Pope. Listeners and readers in Italy were amazed just a month ago just what was happening on the German site of Vatican Radio, but is only now becoming widely available.

      On November 6, at 17:49 on the Facebook page of the German section of Vatican Radio a photoshop of Pope Francis in the guise of Martin Luther was published. The text:

      “Also a nice variant. We wish you a restful Sunday.”

      Who is the Pope laughing at? About the “Reformation” or the Catholic Church?

      A joke? A bad joke? A malicious photoshop to discredit Pope Francis? Not at all.

      Pope Luther or Protestant Bergoglio? What does Vatican Radio mean?

      The weekly Die Zeit had published the photoshop with the caption published on 4 November: “That Pope Francis considers Luther positively is well known. But is it right?” It was part of the coverage of the Reformation memorandum on 31 October in Lund, Sweden, where Pope Francis had participated.

      We of had seen the photoshop on other sites, but did not post it out of respect for the Pope, because it seemed to us as if it it would be perceived as a critique of Francis and could have been dismissed as cheap polemics. That’s what we thought. The editors of the German section of Vatican Radio thinks as quite differently and thinks only too well of it. It is likely that the idea that Francis is the Luther of the 21st century was even considered humorous.

      At any rate one knows how some of his German party see the reigning pope.

      Some commentators on the Facebook site were enthusiastic: “A brilliant photoshop. Significant and courageous for further Lutheran-Catholic dialogue.”

      Others expressed their resentment, including those who considered the picture to be “striking,” but for the precarious state in which the Church was in the German-speaking world. The German section of Vatican Radio seems to have so arrived in the pleasure society. The concept was already old in the 90s, but it is said that there is a certain “retardation” in Rome.

      In the German editorial office of Radio Vatikan, they are also pleased to see that in Austria the former party chairman of the Greens and former KPÖ voters, the atheist who had become a freemason in 1975, abortion, homosexual and immigration advocate, Alexander Van der Bellen, Was elected! Was that too polemical? Oh no. Given the “humor” of the German section of Vatican Radio certainly not.

  2. Why doesn’t Jorge Bergoglio just make official what most of us already know; which is Bergoglio is a protestant and not a Catholic.
    He’s done everything he can, and in most cases going out of his way these last 4 years to trash Catholic dogma, the Church and orthodox and traditional Catholics.
    Not only does Bergoglio praise Luther and his heretical followers but he also, if I remember correctly, called his pentecostal buddy a “brother bishop” while visiting his “church”.
    IMO, there is no doubt that Jorge Bergoglio has a lot more in common with protestantism than he does with Catholicism.
    And is as heretical and anti-Catholic as they are.

    • I think his goal is to destroy the papacy by poisoning all decent Catholics and causing schism upon schism. The best we plebes can do is uphold the true faith, pray a lot, and tell folks to ignore Bergoglio. Until he apologizes for the mess he’s created, all the tripe and bad will, too, there’s nothing to compel any Catholic to pay him any mind at all.

  3. So do we call this ascending to the sedevacantist point of view?

  4. “In 1517, Martin Luther…began what thereafter has been known as the Reformation.”
    And very unfortunately thus known. Because it’s a lie.
    It’s the DEformation, not the Reformation.
    I like to think I am not one of these intellectual nerds who rants uselessly about how the forces of evil are conducting psy-ops against the forces of good, by dictating how we will think, because they define the terms of debate by choosing for us the words we will use.
    There is a useless rant and a useful rant.
    The useless rant concerns condemning the use of terms simply because the enemy popularized them, and not because it actually makes any difference whether we use them or not.
    Case in point: ‘gay’. The enemies of truth assigned that word to be synonymous with ‘homosexual’.
    We can use the word as such, because the word ‘gay’ has not for a long time been used very often for its original purpose, but more importantly, everyone knows, and always did know, that for them it means ‘homosexual’. In short, the word ‘gay’ does not perpetrate a lie. The word ‘gay’ refers to the same perversion that we used to (and still do) designate with the word ‘homosexual’.
    Case in point: [Protestant] ‘Reformation’. The enemies of truth assigned that word to take the place, not merely of another synonymous word, but of another, indeed an opposite idea, expressed by the antonym ‘Deformation’.
    For hundreds of years, Catholics have allowed themselves to be snookered into speaking of the Protestant revolt as if it were a good thing, because reformation is a good thing.
    If any Catholic thinks this has not had a real and evil impact on the world, that person hasn’t really thought.
    Just ponder how *attitudes* would have been different if, in all the polemics that have occurred over the centuries, our side had insisted on calling the Deformation what it actually was, instead of what they wanted us to think it was.
    If the term Protestant Deformation had been standardly used in the Church, rather than the R word, how easy would it be for us to whitewash all its evil beliefs and effects? How easy would it be, for instance, for Pope Francis to “celebrate” the Deformation by issuing commemorative stamps of its founder and principal heretic pervert?

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