Martin Luther 's Open Battle With The Indulgences Of The Catholic Church

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Martin Luther’s open battle with the indulgences of the Catholic Church shed light on the abuse of power within the papacy. The Ninety-Five Theses were posted on churches to be read, and later printed, then given to the Pope (Dutton, 392). The Pope later declared Luther as an outlaw to the Catholic Church in the Edict of Worms (Dutton, 395), tarnishing Luther’s reputation. The papacy’s power and how it was being used to further boost themselves shows the corruption that Martin Luther was trying to expose and/or fix.
A lot of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses was based around indulgences that the papacy uses to gain wealth. Luther believes that the Pope is being selfish with his money by not donating to those in need or to St. Peter (Dutton, 419). The response made by the church was the Council of Trent, which was made to “address” the indulgences and issues of the papacy, (Dutton, 408) but later confirmed that indulgences and sacraments were necessary to God (Dutton, 408). This was only made to further drill in the point to Martin Luther and any disbelievers of the Catholic Church that the papacy is not corrupt and their actions are necessary for salvation. No reconciliation could be made because of this.
A part of the Pope’s corruption was the power and effect in Purgatory. Luther also addressed this in the Ninety-Five Theses, claiming that the Pope has no power over Purgatory (Dutton 407; Luther 26), and if he did have the power, it should be used to set free the tormented souls…

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