Martin Luther and a ban by Pope Francis, which he himself does not respect!?

Martin Luther and a ban by Pope Francis, which he himself does not respect!?

Does Pope Francis ignore a prohibition imposed by himself?

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Trans (Google): Pewsitter
July 24, 2017

(Rome) On the 11th of July, the Holy See published the latest motu proprio Maiorem hac dilectionem of Pope Francis on the surrender of life (de oblatione vitae). The church historian Roberto de Mattei, the new pantheon of the martyrs of Pope Francis, was concerned about this law, which was valid for the whole Church.

With the Motu proprio , Francis modified the Novae Leges pro causis sanctorum of 1983, for example. The article 36 in this article is as follows:

“De Servis Dei, quorum sanctitas vitae adhuc legitimo examini subiecta est, quaelibet sollemnia vel panegyricae orationes in ecclesiis prohibentur. Sed etiam extra ecclesiam abstinendum est ab iis actis quibus fideles induci possint ad falso putandum inquisitionem ab Episcopo factam de Servi Dei vita et virtutibus vel vitae oblatione vel martyrio certitudine secum ferre futurae eiusdem servi dei canonizationis. ”

“In the churches any kind of celebrations or eulogies are forbidden to servants of God, whose holiness of life is still the object of legitimate investigations. Even outside the Church, we must abstain from actions which might lead the faithful to mistakenly believe that the investigations made by the Bishop on the life and the virtues, the martyrdom, or the surrender of the life of the servant of God are the certainty of a future canonization The servant of God. ”

An official German translation is currently not available, which is why the translation was done.

In the afterword to the motu proprio of Pope Francis, it is customary, as in the case of such legal acts:

“All that we have decided by this Apostolic Letter, adopted as Motu Proprio, is to be observed in all its parts from the day of his announcement in the Osservatore Romano, regardless of any other contrary arrangement.”

The declaration in the Pope’s daily newspaper took place on the same 11th of July, since then the motu proprio is the binding law of the Church.

Francis and the “Saint” Martin Luther

Pope Francis, justifiably and reasonably, reaffirmed the prohibition that there should be no celebrations for the deceased in the Church, but also outside, even if they should have died in the call of holiness, but the process of beatification has not yet been completed. This is to avoid any false impression that the decision of the competent ecclesiastical authorities should be taken. Above all, this is intended to preclude even the special faith forms of individual groups and communities in the Church. This is an old practice of the Church, extended by Francis for his “fourth way” to the canonization, the “surrender of life”. The prohibition applies mainly to acts in the Church, but also to “outside”.

Critics express their incomprehension, why then exhausted Francis himself disregarded this prohibition and just to the person of Martin Luther. Luther, the initiator of the Protestant Reformation, is neither a servant of God nor a Catholic, but was excommunicated as a heretic in 1520.

Pope Francis, on the other hand, praised Luther expressly when he spoke to the journalists on the return flight from Armenia at the end of June 2016. The pope literally repeated what his court theologian, Cardinal Walter Kasper , had already written in a book, Luther was right:

“I believe Luther’s intentions were not wrong. He was a reformer. Perhaps some methods were not correct, but at the time when we read the story of [Ludwig von] Pastor – a German Lutheran who was converted and became Catholic – we see that the church was not an imitative model Gave corruption, secularity, attachment to money and power. That is why he protested. He was intelligent and took a step forward and justified why he did it. Today, we Protestants and Catholics agree on the doctrine of justification: to this important point he was not wrong. He made a medicine for the church, then this medicine has consolidated, to a discipline, in a way to make, believe. But then also Zwingli, Calvin … ”

On October 31, 2016, the Pope traveled to the Swedish Lund to participate in an ecumenical memorial service for Luther, which did not have a critical word about the Church split and the heretical thesis condemned by the Church.

Did not, on these and other occasions of the past years, have the impression arise among the believers that Luther was not a heretic, but a misunderstood “saint” of the Church?


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