Monday, January 24, 2011

Best. Insult. Ever.

This is taken from my lecture notes for my church history course.  This semester we are covering both the medieval and reformation church.  I think it is the best insult* I've ever read.  Or, one of them.

“As you [Pope Leo] well know, there has been flowing from Rome these many years—like a flood covering the world—nothing but a devastation of men’s bodies and souls and possessions, the worst examples of the worst of all things.  All this is clearer than day to all, and the Roman church, once the holiest of all, has become the most licentious den of thieves [Matt. 21:13], the most shameless of all brothels, the kingdom of sin, death, and hell.  It is so bad that even Antichrist himself, if he should come, could think of nothing to add to its wickedness.”
-- Martin Luther, in his open letter to Pope Leo X (accompanying The Freedom of the Christian, 1520)

*Please do not assume that I am anti-Roman church.  This is more about me liking the description.  This insult could've been directed to anyone and I still would have to laugh.

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