Sunday, March 15, 2009

This Day in Christian History

March 15, 1517: Needing money to rebuild St. Peter's basilica, Pope Leo X announces a special sale of indulgences. A Dominican named Johann Tetzel led the way in promoting the sale in Germany and erroneously declared that indulgences would cover future sins (Leo's forgave all past sins). A monk named Martin Luther posted his 95 thesis disputing this teaching among other things. You all should know what happened after that.

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