02 November 2016 Apostasy Alert
During a recent in-flight press conference, Pope Francis responded to a question about withdrawing excommunication from Martin Luther. [He will be so relieved over this?] Following are excerpts from His response to the question from Tilmann Kleinjung, of the national German radio.
“I think that the intentions of Martin Luther were not mistaken. Perhaps some methods were not correct. In that time, the Church was not exactly a model to imitate. There was corruption in the Church, there was worldliness, attachment to money, to power, and this he protested.
Then he was intelligent and took some steps forward justifying, and because he did this Lutherans and Catholics, Protestants, all of us agree on the doctrine of justification”.
“On this point, which is very important, he did not err. He made a medicine for the Church, but then this medicine consolidated into a state of things, into a state of a discipline, into a way of believing, into a way of doing, into a liturgical way, and he wasn’t alone; there was Zwingli, there was Calvin, each one of them different. Today the dialogue is very good.
That document of justification I think is one of the richest ecumenical documents in the world”. Huh?
Either Pope Francis is not aware of the Roman anathemas that condemn Christians who believe justification is by faith alone, or he is purposely deceiving Protestants for the sake of unity.
The Council of Trent, Session 6, Canon 9 declares: “If anyone says that the sinner is justified by faith alone, meaning that nothing else is required to cooperate in order to obtain the grace of justification, and that it is not in any way necessary that he be prepared and disposed by the action of his own will, let him be anathema.”
We must always remember – this edict still stands!