Friday 23 March 2018

Mixed message

I must take issue with Mary Barber (Peace on Earth, Letters, December 23) who sings the praises of the tormented priest Martin Luther, whose false teachings initiated the so-called Protestant Reformation.

If, and I quote, "Luther . . . was right about lots of things, and also misinterpreted in lots of things", then the matters of concern would have been resolved at the first Diet of Worms in 1521.

Who could doubt the profound piety of individual Protestants such as Ms Barber's husband? Who could not be moved by the martyrdom of the Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the hands of the Nazis? However, the fact that Ms Barber remains true to the Catholic faith demonstrates her understanding of the inherent deficiencies of all traditions that owe their origins to this errant clergyman.

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