75. To think the papal pardons so great that they could absolve a man even if he had committedan 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? the Church is the Most Holy Gospel 2. What does Luther say about buying pardons (indulgences)? It’s to promote gain for the catholic church3. Judging from all of these, what is Luther’s opinion on the position of the pope? That popes pardons aren't that inestimate gift of god by which man is reconciled to him4. Rather than buying pardons, people should spend their money on what?Giving to the poor or lends to the needy 5. Does Luther believe a Christian has to have a pardon to be forgiven? What DOES a Christianneed? No, he does not believe that christians should have a pardon.They need to repent.6. What can papal pardons do (or not do) according to Martin Luther? They can’t remove the very least of venial sins. They can’t give remission of penalty and guilt7. After reading all of these do you feel whether the pope had just cause to excommunicate Luther from the church? The pope only excommunicated Martin Luther from the church becauseLuther was danger to pope’s control.8. What does Luther’s motivation seem to be after reading excerpts from his controversial text? Luther sought people to know that the pope was compelling deception in selling those indulgences and that they shouldn’t waste their cash.
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