Published On: Tue, Oct 31st, 2017

After 500 Years of Martin Luther Reformation, Why Can’t Catholic Church Accept It?

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On this day, October 31, Protestant churches around the world celebrated the 500 years of reformation as initiated by Martin Luther. For centuries, the Protestant movement has reshaped the world’s civilization and change the culture. However, why can’t Catholic Church accept the movement after five centuries?

The Reformation culminated on Oct. 31, 1517, when Martin Luther sent an open letter to the Archbishop of Mainz, Germany, Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg. In his letter, Luther questioned and disputed the sale of indulgence by the Church’s authority to their congregation. The indulgence in the Catholic Church is a teaching about the facility to reduce the punishment for sin in the after death purification, called purgatory.

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After 500 Years of Martin Luther Reformation, Why Can’t Catholic Church Accept It?