indulgences, catholic church, reformation, luther, spiritual favors, pardons, penance, pope
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"One of the stock charges against the Catholic Church is that she sells indulgences for money. First hurled by Luther against the Dominican friar John Tetzel, authorized by Leo X to preach indulgences, this charge has persisted to the present day. While Luther’s blunt assertion that 'Tetzcl sold grace for money at the highest price' has long since been disproven, the impression is still conveyed by many historians that the Church at least in the Middle Agee engaged in wholesale traffic in indulgences… In the minds of vast numbers of our non-Catholic fellow-citizens, the word indulgences stands as the symbol of a mercenary traffic in spiritual favors that was widespread especially in pre-Reformation days and that still lingers in attenuated form in the Church to-day.
History of Christianity
Laity; Ministers; Scholars
Concordia Theological Monthly: Vol. 5, Article 35.
Available at: https://scholar.csl.edu/ctm/vol5/iss1/35