At the beginning of the sixteenth century church theologian, Martin Luther, wrote the 95 Theses questioning the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church. In this essay I will discuss: the practices of the Roman Catholic Church Martin Luther wanted to reform, what Martin’s specific criticism of the pope was, and the current practices Pope Francis I is interested in refining in the Roman Catholic Church today.
Martin Luther was not fond of the practices the Roman Catholic church of indulgences. Indulgences are a practice where worshippers would pay their priest which granted remission for their sins (“Indulgences."). This practice became increasingly corrupt. In the 95 Theses, Luther, became ...view middle of the document...
Luther’s 95 Theses was the highly influential in the Protestant Reform of the sixteenth century (A&E Television Networks, LLC.).
Throughout the 95 Theses, Luther argued heavily on the corruption within the Roman Catholic Church. In the 86th these he states,
“Again: since the pope’s income to-day is larger than that of the wealthiest of wealthy men, why does he not build this one church of St. Peter with his own money, rather than with the money of indigent believers?”
Luther highly criticized the Pope for his corrupt practices of indulgences among many other issues. The Pope collected money from the lower-class in order to build St. Peter’s church, yet like Luther argues, why must the poor give up their money when the pope has an over lavish lifestyle. After the release of 95 Theses, this sparked many changes within the Roman Catholic church.
Even today the current Pope, Francis I, wants to make changes to the Roman Catholic Church. In a statement from, CNN, he states “the church needs to rethink rules and customs that are no longer widely understood or effective for evangelizing.” More specifically he talks...