Martin Luther

Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the elder
For Catholics in general, and for Jesuits in particular, Martin Luther used to be seen as simply an enemy, a benighted schismatic. Juan de Polanco, Ignatius’ secretary, saw Ignatius’ conversion at Loyola in 1521 as God’s ‘antidote’, countering the poison of what Martin Luther’s 1517 declaration of war ‘on the apostolic Holy See and the Catholic religion’.However, centenaries have a way of provoking reassessments. Jubilee celebrations commemorate the past, but they also make us think about what...
The Lutheran cathedral in Lund, Sweden: Wikimedia Commons
Pope Francis is in Sweden this week, on a visit to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Vatican and the Lutheran Church say the event is not a celebration of Luther's revolt but rather, a solemn commemoration to ask forgiveness for the schism in Western Christianity and an opportunity to rejoice publicly at the way ecumenical relations have improved over the past 50 years.Upon his arrival in Malmo, southern Sweden, the Pope met Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, followed...