TABLE OF CONTENTS.
l. Luther Worship 2. Luther Hatred 3. Luther Blemishes 4. Luther’s Task 5. The Popes in Luther’s Time 6. Luther’s Birth and Parentage 7. Luther’s Great Mistake 8. Luther’s Failure as a Monk 9. Professor Luther, D. D. 10. Luther’s “Discovery” of the Bible 11. Rome and the Bible 12. Luther’s Visit at Rome 13. Pastor Luther 14. The Case of Luther’s Friend Myconius 15. Luther’s Faith without Works 16. The Fatalist Luther 17. Luther a Teacher of Lawlessness 18. Luther Repudiates the Ten Commandments 19. Luther’s Invisible Church 20. Luther on the God-given Supremacy of the Pope 21. Luther the Translator of the Bible 22. Luther a Preacher of Violence against the Hierarchy 23. Luther, Anarchist and Despot All in One 24. Luther the Destroyer of Liberty of Conscience 25. “The Adam and Eve of the New Gospel of Concubinage” 26. Luther an Advocate of Polygamy 27. Luther Announces His Death 28. Luther’s View of His Slanderers
1. Luther Worship.
Catholic writers profess themselves shocked by the unblushing veneration which Luther receives from Protestants. Such epithets as “hero of the Reformation,” “angel with the everlasting Gospel flying through the midst of heaven,” “restorer of the Christian faith,” grate on Catholic nerves. Luther’s sayings are cited with approval by all sorts of men. Men feel that their cause is greatly strengthened by having Luther on their side. Luther’s name is a name to conjure with. Hardly a great man has lived in the last four hundred years but has gone on record as an admirer of Luther. Rome, accordingly, cries out that Luther is become the uncanonized saint of Protestantism, yea, the deified expounder of the evangelical faith.
Coming from a Church that venerates and adores and prays to—you must not say “worships”—as many saints as there are days in the calendar, this stricture is refreshing. Saints not only of questionable sanctity, but of doubtful existence have been worshiped—beg pardon! venerated— by Catholics. What does the common law say about the prosecution coming into court with clean hands? If there is such a thing among Protestants as “religious veneration” of Luther, what shall we call the veneration of Mary among Catholics? Pius IX, on December 8, 1854, proclaimed the “immaculate conception,” that is, the sinlessness of Mary from the very first moment of her existence, thus removing her from the sphere of sin-begotten humanity. In 1913, the press of the country was preparing its readers for another move towards the deification of Mary: her “assumption” was to be declared. That is, it was to be declared a Catholic dogma that the corpse of Mary did not see corruption, and was at the moment of her death removed to heaven. The Pasadena Star of August 15th in that year wrote: “It is now known that since his recent illness Pope Pius, realizing that his active pontificate