Martin Luther King: The Holy Roman Catholic Church

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Martin Luther was initially a typical Catholic monk, and his adversaries described young Luther as “a bright boy from a hard-working middle-rank family with a shrewd respect for education.” His recruitment into the monastery was rather unplanned and made with little reasoning. As a twenty-one year old student he was so terrified of thunderstorms, that when he was caught in one he “was so terrified that he vowed to St. Anne, the mother of Mary, that he would enter monastic life if he survived”, and so he did. His father did not care for his decision much, as he had “worked and sacrifice so his son would receive the best education of the day and enter the noble profession of law.” Though, his father certainly could not argue against religious …show more content…
The Pope turned the once small scale and acceptable system of selling indulgences, which were essentially a free pass for a sin, into seemingly the main focus of the Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church greatly needed the money as Pope’s extravagant restoration of the Sistine Chapel of St. Peter’s Cathedral on Rome had all but bankrupted the Church. At the same time, Albert of Mainz had already overstepped his boundaries of power by taking on two bishops at too young of an age. This required a papal decision so the he would be authorized to hold three titles, as the right amount of swing the bankrupt Roman Catholic Church in his …show more content…
After this, the Pope called Luther a wild boar and in turn Luther called him an Anti-Christ. Luther set out to further break away from the Church with his Protestant Reformation, and he also wanted the individual to have to ability to practice their religion without the Church. Thus, in 1522 Luther translated the New Testament from Latin in German. With these works so readily available for the average person, the power and the influence of the Roman Catholic Church slowly began to slip

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