67. The indulgences which the preachers cry as the "greatest graces" are known to be truly such, in so far as they promote gain. 75. To think the papal pardons so great that they could absolve a man even if he had committed an impossible sin and violated the Mother of God -- this is madness. 76. We say, on the contrary, that the papal pardons are not able to remove the very least of venial sins, so far as its guilt is concerned. Document Discussion Questions – 1.What does Luther say is the true treasure of the church? 2.What does Luther say about buying pardons (indulgences)? 3.Judging from all of these, what is Luther’s opinion on the position of the pope? 4.Rather than buying pardons, people should spend theifr money on what? 5.Does Luther believe a Christian has to have a pardon to be forgiven? What DOES a Christian need? 6.What can papal pardons do (or not do) according to Martin Luther?
7.After reading all of these do you feel whether the pope had just cause to excommunicate Luther form the church? 8.What does Luther’s motivation seem to be after reading excerpts from his controversial text?
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