Church history repeats itself

Editor, The News:

We hear priests and all of us playing Ring Around the Rosey. Let’s step back a few years to Martin Luther on Oct. 31, 1517, for religion stirs the emotions and strong feelings warp the judgment.

It has been said that history is history, and the record of truth. But we must remember what Christ said: “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 26:18). It is not faith in Christ, but lack of faith in Him, that has led man to abandon the church He established. Luther put his 95 Theses on the church door, and I agree with one of them. The priests were permitted to say two Masses per day and they were saying eight or more (for the money).

Today it’s called Canon Law, which our priests keep all the money for Mass, baptism, weddings and funerals. They make a lot of money per year.

Luther ordained a priest in 1507, excommunicated in 1520. Our bishops were corrupt with money, and the priests of that time were uneducated, and most of the money went to bishops — just as today, our bishop goes on tour after tour (free for him). But nobody is watching the store. He admitted a lot of men who were not fit to be priests. That’s why we have this sex scandal today.

Another lie of Luther said he was the first priest to print the Bible in German. But there were 27 editions of the Bible in German before was born. He also added “alone” to his Bible and rejected the Epistle of Saint James of Good Works. Without the German princes who helped him, providing they got all the church property, he would have failed and we wouldn’t have the 430 different denominations today.

Peter Panella

New Castle

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