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Martin Luther Is About Nationalism, Not About Religion

The Lutheran schism was the first manifestation of German nationalism according to the historian Maria Elvira Roca Barela writing in the leftwing Spanish daily El País (July 23). Roca states that interpreting Luther as a religious phenomenon does not help to understand him. For her "Luther was the great defender of the oligarchies, the religious guarantor of a late feudalism that kept Germany in backwardness and poverty."

Roca notices Luther's hatred for the non-German world, among them Jews, and recalls that the Kristallnacht on 9-10 November 1938 during which Jewish property was destroyed in Germany, was explicitly connected to the 450 birthday of Martin Luther.

Nevertheless the big assumption of the Luther jubilee is that Protestant Germany is morally superior to the non-Protestant world according to Roca.

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Dr Bobus
He was about Nationalism And Religion. He thought there were 3 Sacraments. And understanding of a Sacrament is different: Occasions of Grace (Luther) vs Causes of Grace (Catholic)
tbswv
How is pope Francis adoration of Luther consistent with his ecumenism since Luther did not have very kind words to describe the Jews? I guess that would exclude Luther from Francis interfaith dialogue but not exclude him from the Catholic Church because he was a heretic.
GJA Taylor
Oh please. The Holy Father knows best, really! I mean, he even brought in a statue of this ex priest into the Vatican and made little stamps showing this ex priest ( with out his ex nun "wife", mid you), so please pay attention to what the Holy Father says about Luther, cause the Holy Father is so humble ( I mean, isn't that what his PR manager tells us - he is so, so humble)
BrTomFordeOFMCap
I would've thought that Luther's 'protest' was all about Luther: his desires, prejudices and vanity.