Happy Reformation Day!

Happy Reformation Day! It was 500 years ago this past October 31 that Martin Luther published his famed 95 theses. He didn’t want to rebel. He was a very devout Catholic who earnestly wanted to have discussion about the abuses going on around him. What he saw was the commercialization of forgiveness. Zealous Catholic fundraisers were announcing that dead relatives would receive forgiveness if church members would give money. “When the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs” was the sales pitch. Luther was hoping his arch-bishop and even the pope would intervene and stop this abuse. What he did not know was that half the proceeds were going to his bishop and the other half

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