Papal Bull against German Boar
A papal bull is not a special farm animal intended to provide a good meal for the pontiff. A papal bull is an official decree of the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. It is named after the seal – the bulla – that authenticates it.
Exsurge Domine is one of the papal bulls the world still chews on. It was issued by pope Leo X and promulgated in June 15, 1520. It is all about Martin Luther and what he’s wrong about.
The pope writes: “We condemn, reprobate, and reject completely each of these theses or errors as either heretical, scandalous, false, offensive to pious ears or seductive of simple minds, and against Catholic truth.”
On top of that all good Catholics are to gather in the market squares to burn Luther’s works – as if fire would have ever been able to stop a dangerous idea. Anyway, Luther has now sixty days to fall in line again or he will be excommunicated, which means he will be kicked out of the church.
In the end Martin Luther does not back down.
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