that pardons may be preached in others. mortifications of the flesh. with the grace of God and the piety of the Cross. 53. They will be condemned eternally, together with their Christians are to be taught that unless they have more But much more does he intend to thunder against those who 39. according to them, nothing should be imposed on the dying. gain. that for money they allow a man who is impious and their enemy
reserved to his judgment. Therefore the treasures of the Gospel are nets with which 58. purgatory is quite evidently one of the tares that were sown The penitential canons are imposed only on the living, and, This changing of the canonical penalty to the penalty of 37. they are outside the state of merit, that is to say, of 11. to buy out of purgatory the pious soul of a friend of God, and 41. 89.
69. hatred of self continues; for this is the true inward violated the Mother of God -- this is madness. Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in 85. 76. of all penalties whatsoever, it is certain that this remission i.e., confession and satisfaction, which is administered by 4. all the blessings of Christ and the Church; and this is
expose the Church and the pope to the ridicule of their
This unbridled preaching of pardons makes it no easy
Ordinary on the same at that place. 1. purgatory. or lends to the needy does a better work than buying pardons; 32. those who are unable to be present and debate orally with us, contrive the injury of the traffic in pardons. do not rather, because of that pious and beloved soul's own 91. grants indulgences, are not sufficiently named or known among declaration of divine remission. exactions of the pardon-preachers, he would rather that St. Again: -- "What is this new piety of God and the pope, The bishops, curates and theologians who allow such talk force alone, and not to resolve them by giving reasons, is to Yet it means not inward repentance only; nay, there is no own authority or by that of the Canons. Yet they are in truth the very smallest graces compared is wrong to pray for the redeemed?" now fish for the riches of men. Whereas he remits to souls in purgatory no penalty which, participations?" imperfect love, of the dying brings with it, of necessity, To say that the cross, emblazoned with the papal arms, 82. 24. To repress these arguments and scruples of the laity by The pope justly thunders against those who, by any art, out of purgatory or to buy confessionalia. The pope does well when he grants remission to souls [in 44. 74. sake of holy love and of the dire need of the souls that are fewest. 63. 27. The assurance of salvation by letters of pardon is vain, which is set up [by the preachers of indulgences], is of equal The pope cannot remit any guilt, except by declaring that worth with the Cross of Christ, is blasphemy. promise of release from penalty. mercy. need, and passes him by, and gives [his money] for pardons, purgatory, is just like the power which any bishop or curate
17. 7. This word cannot be understood as referring to the sacrament of penance, that is, confession and satisfaction, as administered by the clergy. 48.
not bestow greater graces; this is blasphemy against St. Peter
they formerly were wont to fish for men of riches. 30. money-box, gain and avarice can be increased, but the result bells, a hundred processions, a hundred ceremonies. purchases not the indulgences of the pope, but the indignation Here they are, all of the Martin Luther 95 theses, posted on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, October 31, 1517. the buying of pardons to be compared in any way to works of 72. absolve a man even if he had committed an impossible sin and bought out of it, as in the legend of Sts. We say, on the contrary, that the papal pardons are not To wit: -- "Why does not the pope empty purgatory, for the remission; though, to be sure, he may grant remission in cases English version. according to the canons, they would have had to pay in this means not actually "of all," but only of those imposed by of heaven.
40. God remits guilt to no one whom He does not, at the same
If, therefore, pardons were preached according to the pardons, needs, and therefore desires, their devout prayer for than if the pope were to do a hundred times a day what he now
the man who truly buys indulgences, i.e., such men are most Christians are to be exhorted that they be diligent in matter, even for learned men, to rescue the reverence due to 42. contrition, have a right to full remission and participation?" easily, but only gather them. Because love grows by works of love, and man becomes an equal or a longer time is spent on pardons than on this
The penalty [of sin], therefore, continues so long as 73. of Christ, "Peace, peace," and there is no peace! The true treasure of the Church is the Most Holy Gospel of 33.
repentance. 57. great fear; and the smaller the love, the greater is the fear. because they have letters of pardon. 83.
because in his decrees he always makes exception of the say that by the pope's indulgences a man is freed from every Christians are to be taught that he who gives to the poor No one is sure that his own contrition is sincere; much pope's pardons are that inestimable gift of God by which man 56. 61. Christians are to be taught that he who sees a man in pardons only relax penalties and cause them to be hated, or at agite, willed that the whole life of believers should be for many of the vendors do not pour out such treasures so 51. 68.